I hope you are well and at peace, since my last update I have been Giving talks in England, Canada and Brazil and running a large parish mission.
In England I spoke in a prison for women and found this very Grace filled. There was about 50 women there and the image I got was of a little girl dressing up as a princess, running though these beautiful flowers,so free and happy. The pain in the lady’s eyes was so hard to look at, were the evil of the world had taken away Gods plan for them and how God wanted them to be innocent again, like the little girl dressed up as the princess, As I told them this there was floods of tears and hope seemed to be restored, There is a great drama that explains this better than I can,which I have placed a link at the bottom of this update. Every Lady got my book from Gangland to Promised Land.
In Canada I gave a parish mission in Pembroke cathedral, I was invited by Fr Howard Chabot. This was a gift from Fr Howard to the people of Pembroke, to mark his 50 years of a priest, he paid for the mission personally. I had meet Fr Howard in London and he was very touched by the mission I gave there. In July of this year Fr Howard died and his last words was that he wanted the mission to go ahead. The mission was so wonderful and over 800 people came each night, which was a bit of a miracle in it self, However many life's were changed and the Blessings overwhelming. I felt Fr Howard was there in Spirit and very pleased. Deacon Adrian who arranged everything, also got me speaking in 5 schools to 1000’s of young people. Fr Howards service to God was not just the 50 years he worked as a priest, but still carry's on from his place in Heaven.
Often I am asked if I miss my old life of crime, normally by young people, but not always. I find it hard to compare a life of taking and self-service of pain, hurt and deadness to my life now. To know in your broken weakness, God can use you to touch peoples life's with his love is the pearl of great price , To know even when you get it wrong and mess up, time and time again, there is a friend who loves you, more because you are weak than if you were perfect. To wake up each day knowing that this is a new day to try and bring his Grace to others,To be a better person and to Love and be Loved. Knowing Jesus knows me and excepts me just as I am. Who says we can not taste a little of Heaven on earth.
I am now in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil giving talks, I then travel to Dubai to speak at ACYC retreat,before speaking in Manchester, running a 3 day mission in Wakefield prison Leeds and speaking in schools in London. Please keep me in your prayers and know you are always in my heart and prayers always. God bless you in his deep love. John Pridmore