The European version of the Summer Family Bible Conference is the annual Grace and Faith Conference held in England. This year the event moved to a larger venue in the International Centre in Telford, England. Even though the holiday weekend shared its time with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee—with a million people gathering on the banks of the Thames River to watch a parade of 1000 ships—still the room in Telford filled with people drawn by the sheer power of the word of God to change lives.
At this event, Will Graham said farewell to the event he helped establish. He is moving on to other ministry opportunities and felt the bitter-sweet emotions of leaving behind such a significant era of ministry. Wendell Parr and Duane Sherriff filled out the speaking schedule with Andrew. The sessions continued from Friday evening through Monday midday, with special ministry supplied for the children and teenagers.
The praise and worship with Charlie and Jill seemed especially intimate and powerful. Photographer, Mark Theisinger, who has on occasion worked with Reinhard Bonnke crusades, volunteered his services to the Grace & Faith event. A few of the images he captured, using a Nikon D3s camera and a 300mm 2.8 lens, are included here with captions. As the pictures show, the ministry seemed especially powerful. Wherever one travelled in the room, the atmosphere of praise and worship was omnipresent, sweeping people into a zone of intimacy with the Lord. Someone described it like swimming in a river of pure life.
During the conference, Andrew was pleased to announce that his American TV production team had come to England to capture two new Healing Journeys stories; the stories of Richard Waller and Deborah McDermott.
He first called Richard Waller to the podium, who told of being healed of irreparable damage to his spine, plus severe heart arrhythmia. Ironically, 5 years ago he had come to a meeting in the Imperial Hotel, London to have Andrew pray for him, but Andrew passed him off to Charlie LeBlanc. On that night Andrew had taught that any believer can pray effectively for the sick. When Richard told Charlie all that was wrong with him—Charlie replied, “Healing you won’t dim the lights in Heaven.” Charlie’s prayer of agreement started a process of healing that night for Richard. Today, Richard is a new man. He and his wife Jacqueline spent two days with Andrew’s TV crew testifying and demonstrating his healing by frolicking with his 12-year-old daughter and doing stunts on a mountain bike—which he rides competitively across the British Isles. Those exciting images will have to wait for the full video production. They show that healing his prolapsed discs and heart arrhythmia, while continuing to protect him in his sports adventures—as Charlie promised—has not dimmed the lights in Heaven.
Andrew also introduced Deborah McDermott, who brought the audience to tears with her description of receiving healing for her two sons, who suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism. A 2006 study published in The Lancet, Britain’s leading medical journal, stated that in England, autism affects one in one hundred children. It is labeled as a very serious disorder, and it is officially incurable. Deborah McDermott would not accept that, and in Andrew’s teaching she found a minister who agreed with her. She seized upon the power of the living word of God and came with her family to Andrew’s conference at Charis Bible College in Walsall. She described Andrew’s simple prayer for her boys, and his words to her afterward—“You are now the parents of two normal children.” She embraced those words completely as the miracle unfolded. Standing at the conference in Telford, she read aloud the doctor’s assessment of her 16 year old Tim, completed on May 4, 2011: “Timothy is a neurodevelopmentally typical young man, and the label of Asperger syndrome is not applicable. He has been discharged from my care.” The crowd shouted praise to God. Then she announced that only the day before she had received in the mail the assessment of her 8 year old son, James. She read; “… the label Autism Spectrum Disorder is no longer appropriate for James and should be removed from any documentation in the future that relates to him.” There was hardly a dry eye in the room. Deborah’s Healing Journey story was filmed during the conference and will be perhaps the most anticipated miracle story every produced by Andrew Wommack Ministries. So many suffer worldwide from the hell of Aspergers Syndrome and Autism. So many believe that it is incurable and lifelong. Deborah’s story will challenge those beliefs, and ask the question: “Is God a good God who loves you and wants the best for you? Or is He a God who sometimes heals and sometimes wants you to suffer? Deborah’s testimony reveals that it is a choice you must make for yourself between life or death. You can reach out and choose to receive whatever God has provided by His grace. Nothing is incurable.
In between conference sessions, Andrew was blessed to participate in the graduation ceremonies of Charis Bible College, Walsall. In the meetings to follow, he delivered the Gospel Truth in the same simple and clear way that has become his signature, allowing the Holy Spirit to honor God’s word with signs following. He trusts the Holy Spirit to do the work in the hearts of his hearers and does not resort to trickery or emotional appeals to move his audience.
For any graduate of Charis Bible Colleges worldwide, this surely is an example to follow.
And so, we depart England, and turn for home. Colorado Springs, sunshine, and a sense that the message of grace and faith is worth everything we put into it around the world.
Filed June 7, by AWM Media Operation Manager, Stephen Bransford.