Seemed almost too ridiculous at the time, so I pressed pause on writing it down. But now, a few weeks later, it did indeed really happen, and it still feeds my hope today…
We were in Coleraine town centre, shadowing Scott and Ryan, sharing Jesus at the Door with people. One of the staff of the church was wandering through the town with his wife and he came over to chat to the guys. I had only been there a day and we had never met each other before.
“This guy’s really prophetic” Ryan says to me, and they shared a story about how he’d ‘known’ the particular name a woman had tattooed on her arm without having seen it, and how this had impacted her in a powerful way for Jesus.
“Would you pray for me?” I asked, laughing.
“Sure” said this softly spoken, unassuming American.
He said a couple of sentences which wouldn’t be appropriate to share publicly, but that caused me to cry in the middle of this street, given their accuracy and the nerves that they touched. He then proceeded…
“You’re a writer, and you haven’t seen breakthrough yet.
You’re out here trying to dig another well.
You’ve got a three year old son haven’t you? He’s going to reach people others don’t reach and have a ministry of mercy, he’s going to to be proud of your faithfulness.
I think you’ll be used for healing, and I keep hearing ‘South Africa'”
I was sobbing by this point, so couldn’t confirm with him, but you reader may well know – I write, and at the moment to a handful of people. I helped start a community called The Well, and now, although I never thought about it in those terms, I’m on to the next thing. And the money shot – Lucas, my son, is indeed 3.
So this guy was five from five (three I’ve shared with you), in the most remarkable way. And the more ‘general’ things he shared around those facts perhaps impacted my heart to an even greater degree.
Come back in a few decades to see any confirmation on Lucas’ ministry, healings I’ve been involved with and whether South Africa, which I’ve had zero to do with till this point, comes true.
So yes, I do believe in the prophetic ministry today. I think the scriptures call us to it (1 Corinthians 12:8 being one of numerous examples), and I’ve seen it again and again over 17+ years now.
So, if you’re sceptical, my plea would be 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 “Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good”. Be open to this. I saw it, and it caused me to lift up Jesus and walk in hope.
And if this is something you’ve already signed up to – could this story spur you to a fresh seeking? A further embrace of, “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1
A broken woman once met Jesus and she went away singing,
‘Come meet the man who told me everything I’ve ever done.’ John 4:39
ps, later found out the guy’s name is Nick Fox, and he and is wife are back to the States to church plant later this year. Should be good!