5th October 2018
I approached a group of 4 teenagers and started talking to them about Jesus. They laughed in my face and started slating Christians and the Word of God, so I opted to simply tell them my testimony – how God saved me from Cocaine addiction and a really dark lifestyle. They seemed to think my old life-style sounded a lot more appealing to them, one of them even said they had a done a line of cocaine earlier that day.
I was almost ready to go but felt compelled to tell them, “If I lay my hands on you right now you are going to feel the power and glory of God pulsate through you.” This got their attention, and one of them reluctantly let me pray for him. As I started to pray he was laughing and looking round at his friends, but then suddenly his face changed and his eyes began to fill with water! I could feel the Spirit of God pulsating through me. I said to him you can feel the power of God can’t you, he replied saying “YES WHAT IS THAT?!” I looked round at the others and they had all become speechless & with tears in their eyes. The Spirit of God was touching them all in that moment! God took over my mouth and for the next few minutes I passionately shared the gospel with them, and asked if any of them wanted to give their lives to the source of life, JESUS!
The boy who had been laughing at me, cursing at me, and had told me he had done a line of cocaine earlier that day, turned to me with tears in his eyes and said he wanted to give his life to Jesus!!! We prayed right there on the street and he was baptised in the Spirit of God and broke down in tears. It was such a radical moment seeing the power, the love of God completely wreck these teenagers. I couldn’t keep the tears back myself.
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
25th February 2015
In November we opened the doors of Thirst Youth Café for the first time! The journey to this point was long (!) and testing but today it strikes me afresh that we have only just begun the journey that God has for us through Thirst.
The truth is that sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Consider a space shuttle launch. I recently learnt that a shuttle weighs 2000 tonnes and that 96% of the shuttle exists simply to get it off the ground. If a shuttle is on a ten-day mission, 83% of its fuel is used within the first 10 seconds of the journey! We would consider a space shuttle mission to have a bigger purpose than getting off the ground, but the launch contains some of the most difficult obstacles to overcome.
The same has been true with Thirst. It’s been a tough journey so far but our purpose is bigger and greater than simply opening the doors! Now the real work begins! And we wanted to blog today to share how we’re starting to see some momentum grow and young people starting to engage in the project.
Last week (half-term week) we saw over 100 customers use the café (in the 13 hours we were open!) from all walks of life, backgrounds and circumstances. We’ve been able to have some excellent conversations and chats with people and are really starting to see strong relationships built.
So thank you for your support and prayers but let’s keep going and pressing on towards the fulfilment of our mission because this is just the beginning...
13th November 2014
I’m sitting on a train heading for Waterloo having just been at Coign Church, Woking where I spoke to about 40 young people and youth leaders. They had a great, vibrant time of worship with gifts of the Spirit used and almost everyone engaging and joining in. I then spoke on the importance of simply making time to be with Jesus and how our ‘success’ in life and ministry will only ever be as strong as our relationship with Jesus.
So why am I telling you this? Well firstly to remind us that God is on the move! It’s so easy to forget that millions of Christians worldwide have chosen to pick up their crosses daily and follow Him. It’s even easy to forget that right here in the UK we're not alone and that there are passionate churches, youth groups and christians who are desperate for Him and for Him to speak and move in our time!
Secondly I wanted to remind us that God speaks! At the end of my talk I decided to share some prophetic things that I felt God had been speaking to me about. I also asked Amy (my wife), who was at home, to text me some prophetic things that she was feeling and as I shared both I was blown away by the accuracy of them! Young person after young person was overwhelmed that God would pick them out and speak to them, let alone that he would care about their teenage problems.
I don’t profess to be a prophet. Far from it! But I do know Jesus. I do hear His voice. He is on the move and He loves to speak to us!
I wonder what He wants to say to you today?