Jet-black storm crowds loomed above as the car windshield wipers struggled to cope with the torrential downpour of heavy rain. After weeks of fine weather, an angry outburst of rain and high winds marked the beginning of this, the Five Fold’s eightieth outreach. It crossed our minds that on the night of our last outreach, (in New Hampshire, U.S.A.) the same scenario had also developed.
On-board were Paul the Evangelist and his wife Mary, my wife Maureen and myself, and Arlene our American Evangelist dear friend who had travelled all the way from Hawaii at her own expense, to help the Five Fold Ministry reach the sick, the sad, the lonely and the lost.
The animated voice of the most capable and friendly operations manager of the Tower hotel apprised us on the phone of the situation at the hotel.
It was approx. 2.30 pm with the meeting scheduled to begin at 7 pm. Craig the manager informed us that many hundreds of people were already queuing for the meeting. With the storm so bad and many of those waiting either frail or ill, we decided to open the hotel function hall even though our music ministry was still practicing.
At 3pm Craig rang back. FOUR HOURS before the scheduled opening time the hotel was now at FULL capacity. The Five Fold immediately contacted Mid-West and North-West radio stations by car phone and they broadcast an appeal to the populations of Sligo and surrounding counties to STOP coming as the crowds were causing serious problems with hotel fire and safety regulations and with pedestrian and vehicle traffic congestion around the venue. Despite this and starting the meeting three hours early, door staff reported approximately six hundred people were turned away that night.
We considered as we drove a little faster, how we could help those terribly disappointed people who could not get in and how we could make sure that no soul was denied this opportunity to receive Jesus.
As the excitement and anticipation mounted we thought back to how this God-ordained meeting began…
When we had been over in the U.S.A. recently, we knew that the next Irish outreach would be in September but did not know the precise date or venue. In our hearts we didn’t really feel over excited about doing Sligo. It was not a city that had ever appealed to any of us even though the surrounding region is quite beautiful and the people friendly and welcoming. When we discussed it at our Wednesday night meeting we all felt ‘uneasy’ about it.
We enlisted the key prayer warriors with intercessory prayer. Eventually it was confirmed that there was a “problem” in the town that we’d experienced several times before and it usually means a ‘tough’ (for us) but of course never the less successful, or victorious, outreach for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Our first step as always was now to mobilise all our faithful, prayer warriors and in this case even more intercessors than normal all around the world. They prayed for:
a harvest of souls for the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ,
a mighty move of the Holy Spirit,
a breaking down of strongholds over this city,
that this be a tremendous time of blessing for the sick, the sad and the lonely, those seeking an answer to life,
that where every one of the thousands of posters is put up in County Sligo, is territory claimed for the Kingdom of God because His Name is on it.
the protection of the team and their families as the kingdom of darkness is plundered for Jesus. .
The key intercessors came back individually with cautious warnings about the city. Most of the team were ‘hit’ within a day or so. Paul suggested that I ‘put off’ the USA visitors ‘till the next outreach, for their own good. We felt this could be tough like a few in the past.
This would not be a ‘church’ type “comparatively easy” outreach but a venue where many of the people may not trust us, or are suspicious even cynical, a little frightened and given half a chance would bolt for the door before we get a chance to tell them of the Good News or demonstrate the love, mercy and Power of Our Living God, Jesus Christ.
On top of that we knew the enemy would work on the emotions of those there and make it a difficult meeting requiring much focus on the job in hand.
Anyway, immense, intense prayer went into this, a breakthrough was achieved and the schedule was back on track again with Arlene our American friend re-invited to participate in what Paul promised would be a tremendous move of the Holy Spirit.
Over the August bank holiday weekend and the beginning of the week following, Maureen, Marie, Mariead, Martina and Majella systematically blitzed the city of Sligo with full colour posters that featured the Name of Jesus at the very top of each one. As well as promoting the event and lifting up the Name of Jesus, this claiming of territory for the Kingdom of God backed up the intercessory prayer. Angels were now surrounding the City of Sligo.
HIS Name was on posters throughout every part of the City. (No evangelists name as usual, was ever used. Only the Name of Jesus.).
Soon every town and village in a fifty-mile radius was also to be systematically blitzed with shop window posters and with large billboards at strategic highway junctions. Not of course without beginning again with more, fervent intercessory prayer, this time covering the entire County of Sligo. His plan was coming into being.
August 14th saw Harry, Maureen, Sandra, Nick, Martina, and a five fold friend Eamonn, and even Paul again walking the streets of Sligo City, replenishing posters in shops where they had been removed or torn and affixing His Image and Name to every lamppost or lamp standard in the city center. After a very long day all the team travelled to their respective homes in different corners of the country.
Thursday, August 26th, saw amazing events as the Lord’s plan came into play. Tommy Marron, host of the hugely popular “Connaught Gold” prime time talk show invited Paul and Harry onto the show via a telephone link-up.
It was broadcast on Mid West Radio station and simultaneously broadcast on North-West Radio to 68% of the local population in Sligo and surrounding counties as well as across the world via the Internet.
Our understanding was that it would be a ten-minute interview. The listenership were made up of honest, uncomplicated communities that did not want deep theological debate but gratefully responded in their thousands to the simple message of Jesus’ Love, how He had demonstrated that love and the eternal consequences of accepting and trusting in Jesus Christ alone.
They were also convinced by the demonstration of power and anointing LIVE on-air. The listener’s response was so overwhelming that they turned the whole show over to us whilst we preached and explained the Word of God.
Tommy a friendly, professional broadcaster had been extremely skeptical and told us so right at the very outset.
He began after pleasantries were exchanged by saying. “I have to tell you, I am very, very skeptical about these sorts of things. We see them all the time, even this week, but I am not convinced.
Tell me Harry, is this really true? Can this man Paul heal people? I mean heal people, even on-air?” (No one had been talking about healing on-air)
“No, of course not. Paul can’t heal anyone”, I replied.
There was a deathly silence. Then he spluttered,“ But it says here that you are one of the most powerful healing ministries in the world?” (referring to the press release).
That’s correct Tommy. The Five Fold Ministry Ireland is one of the most powerful healing ministries in the world. And Paul himself would be the first to admit that he couldn’t heal a fly with a broken wing. That’s because there is only one healer and that is Jesus Christ. Jesus will and always does heal at every Five Fold meeting.
Then the radio station sprang a “surprise” on us and had a sick lady ring in. “We have some very ill people here on the other end of the line. Will you heal them?” the interviewer asked Paul. “No”, he replied, “ but Jesus will”.
The lady was crippled from an extreme form of arthritis, had been in constant pain for years having great difficulty in climbing stairs. Paul after explaining the significance of the repentance prayer asked,” Will you say this prayer with me?” The lady repented and accepted Jesus.
Paul said Jesus is going to heal you. After a few minutes, the lady gasped and said, “Oh my God, my pain is all gone”. She began to thank Paul. She was in her own words instantly healed, saying on-air, that “it was a miracle”.
Paul said repeatedly, “Thank God. Thank Jesus not me. It’s not me who healed you. Jesus Christ has healed you but wait. He’s not finished.
How do you feel?” She described the intense heat going through her body. Paul again explained about the Holy Spirit then went on to say, “now you are going to do something that you could not do. I want you to stand up”. (She apparently had great difficulty in walking). She stood up. He said,” walk”. She walked. “Run around the room”. She hurried around the room.
The interviewer was astounded. “I have never heard of anything like this in all my years of broadcasting” while he repeatedly assured listeners, “This is not a set-up. These people were not warned about this. This is incredible”.
He asked, “Does this always happen? God told Paul what to answer.
“Not only that, but if you bring sick people to the station on Friday 10th, we will come to your station and God will touch them right there in-studio” invited Paul.
The host agreed. The programme ran over so much it had to be cut off.
That night the radio reran the interview and next day another lady who had said the repentance prayer when the first lady had been doing so, was also instantly healed, to the amazement of her entire family who testified that she had been ill for six years and had been scheduled for surgery. Over the following week we received similar reports back.
That day however, the station was so flooded with callers that they put out an appeal on air saying that they had received numerous phone calls and that all their telephone lines were blocked. They also announced that they had received a huge amount of emails, appealing over the air for listeners to stop emailing and phoning but write and post instead.
The show host then invited Paul and Harry back to appear on an unprecedented, two-hour, prime time special exclusively for the Five Fold Ministry. Sick people were to be selected from hundreds who contacted the station and we believed that Jesus would touch them.
Before the show the Lord told us that “they” (the station) would not receive a sign from Me but the sign of Jonah”. We believe that one media individual may have had his/her own agenda and wanted to simply sensationalise the interview but the Lord of course had His own agenda.
At the end of the show, God touched all the people, some were healed, and some did not immediately appear to be. However we got two hours to explain in great detail how the listeners could have their names written in the Lambs’ Book of Life, for eternity and to repeatedly lead individuals and the listernership as a whole in the repentance prayer. We were also able to continuously promote the outreach, which is rather amazing as in Ireland; commercial radio stations are not allowed to advertise “religious” events.
After the show, the hotel phone lines were also overloaded with people trying to book seats and asking can they donate. We gratefully declined as we do not seek nor accept donations. We also explained that there are neither charges nor fees although in the early days we sometimes invited one and one only collection/love offering. (Update: however even this has been discontinued to avoid being a burden on the people. We rely solely on Jesus )
The show also went out over the Internet and we had notified our intercessors on six continents to tune in, even though there are many different time zones. To hear the show, all one had to do was go to our website, the SLIGO page and click on the link (from anywhere in the world) and one could hear the show live from the West of Ireland.
Melissa our anointed, compassionate and dedicated prayer manager in New York got up at 3am E.S.T. to pray that the radio show it’s self would become a huge outreach and reach tens of thousands for Jesus. Darlene and other key intercessors throughout the USA in particular, also heeded the call and stepped into the gap in the early hours of the morning for the people of Sligo, in the Name of Jesus.
Tommy Marron’s Connaught Gold Show on Mid-West Radio is at 0900 hrs until 1100 hrs, GMT (Irish Time).
On Saturday 29th August Paul and Harry blitzed the town with billboards, (with Co. Council permission) all with JESUS CHRIST the same yesterday, today and forever, Heb. 13:8, emblazoned at the top. As usual NO evangelists name was mentioned, again only the Name of Jesus.
Around this time, we were brought into contact with Paul Agnew an Evangelist from Northern Ireland.
He discerned that this would be a mighty move of the Holy Spirit and prophesising “that this is Sligo’s time” offered his support in promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul Agnew was the ONLY Christian in the entire country to either reply to our nationwide appeal for “ushers/workers” to “help promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ” and the only one to even comment on Paul (the Five Fold Ministry evangelist) being given two hours on one of the most successful, secular radio stations in Ireland, to explain the repentance prayer and all that it signifies and then lead thousands in repentance. The station was actually flooded with listener’s requests for copies of the repentance prayer.
Paul Agnew’s was rewarded as he later witnessed many hundreds of souls on the night accepting Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, and those tens of thousands being reached with the Word of God on radio, for the Kingdom of Heaven.
He was also greatly blessed at this time when God, miraculously healed his son Joshua.
It says in scripture, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven". Matthew 5:16 KJV
Sadly but as usual, the majority of local Christians seemed to go underground and indeed we believe are still there.
The popular Christian website IrishChristian.org however graciously permitted us to advertise our outreach and our appeal for Christian laborers to bring in the harvest, free on the event calendar/forum of their popular website. The site is a mine of information on everything Christian in Ireland and is used extensively by the Christian Church and Christian ministries or organisations here.
This freely given help contrasted starkly with the response of the very polished, hi-tec Christian radio station ICB in Dundalk, Ireland which we wrote to and also personally, to their Pastor Hassan Boyle of “Grace Fellowship / Harvest Ministries”.
God’s anointed prophet and servant Paul of the Five Fold, did not receive even the common courtesy of a reply confirming their refusal to help in what proved to be REVIVAL for the West of Ireland and the most successful Christian outreach there ever, despite rejection.
To be fair to Grace Fellowship they were not alone in displaying a lack of decernment and lack of committment to reaching the lost for Jesus. For NOT EVEN ONE christian church stepped forward to help with the harvest or even ASK if we needed help. Thankfully when God is with you who or what can stand against you? His perfect plan came into being. All praise and Glory to God.
On Thursday Sept. 2nd, Paul and Harry went back to Sligo to add further billboards to strategic locations that have high traffic flows bringing the total number to seventy-seven boards lifting up the Name of Jesus Christ.
At approximately 3.45pm we rounded the corner of Quay street in Sligo to see that there were still a crowd of people trying to get through the locked and barred entrance to the hotel. At the back entrance, hard-pressed security guards approached us to tell us that “there wasn’t even standing room” before they realised that we were the ‘team’.
Within minutes I was on stage to try and calm the increasingly impatient crowd while the others checked into the hotel. Even though the crowd had been admitted four hours early, they could not understand why the meeting wasn’t starting. I assured them, (to loud moans) that the meeting would start at 4.30pm, two and a half hours early (but another forty minutes to wait).
On time I opened the meeting and the worship music commenced. Martina, gave her testimony. I returned to the stage to give my own testimony and to introduce Paul.
Paul swiftly went into the power and anointing as the beautiful presence of our Holy God filled the room and adjoining room. At length he explained in detail what Jesus endured for mankind and made one and as usual, one only altar call.
With that the aisles were immediately filled with a dense mass of pushing, people seeking to repent as further crowds pressed forward from a room behind. As quickly as Paul could he led each one individually in the repentance prayer. Within an hour there was no visible reduction in the crowd so he moved to leading twelve at a time in repentance and touching each one momentarily, saying “Be healed in the Name of Jesus”.
As people were rapidly touched, healed, set free by Our Living God Jesus Christ and many prophecies were given, the crowd became more excited and did not appear to be getting any smaller. We then realised that people were arriving for the scheduled 7pm start and were filling the back of the room as those who had been prayed over left by the front of the room.
Paul began leading 20 at a time to Jesus whilst at the same time individually laying hands on them and saying, “Be healed”.
We repeatedly had to call for quiet and for reverence in the presence of Our Almighty God and even threaten to suspend the meeting if people in the main body of the hall did not stop surging forward and if those leaving would not curtail their excited discussions with each other of what Jesus had done for them. But the hunger for Jesus continued unabated, fuelled by the sight of people exclaiming that Jesus healed / touched them.
As the situation threatened to become dangerous we formed a “human chain” from the handful of Five Fold members, some volunteers who had been healed by Jesus earlier and myself. For several hours the chain was under severe pressure as we strove to hold the crowd back and leave Paul room at the front to minister to the next twenty at a time.
Such was the work load that no one had time to take photographs bar three or four that I managed in the first few hours and which are at the bottom of this page.
Late into the evening after the very last soul accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour the team paused for a cup of tea and to discuss the days incredible events.
We estimated that at least 700 people accepted Jesus Christ that night plus we believe large numbers of the tens of thousands who heard over the airwaves.
In the moments before we began the outreach we decided to hold another outreach for the Sligo citizens who could not get in. We issued three hundred and fifty ‘priority access’ free tickets to our next outreach so that some would not have to endure long queues a second time.
After the event Paul and Harry returned to Sligo and removed all the billboards and posters as we had promised the local council. To facilitate the many hundreds who were turned away on the day and the scores who rang since, we contacted a local venue capable of holding twice the number of people and so a second outreach, twice as big as the first is scheduled for May 2005, in Sligo.
But for now, it’s back to the day jobs to raise the funds to pay for the next exciting mission.
All praise and Glory be to Our Living God Jesus Christ.
Your co-worker in Christ,
P.S.: It had been prophecised by the Body of Christ that REVIVAL would begin in the U.K. and then all over Europe.