Why do we do H.O.T.S.?
Healing on the streets is a simple but beautiful model to reach the lost and hurting on the streets of Reading. This ministry is an amazing opportunity to show people God's love and compassion for them. Every time we go out we are able to powerfully express God's love, simply by inviting people to sit on a chair so we can pray for them.
Our motivation for going out on the streets is the amazing love of God. We are a group of Christ passionate people who truly care for the people in Reading; H.O.T.S. is one of the ways we can show this. Whether the people we meet are healed or not, we desire that they are left in no doubt that God loves them
"For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinces that one died for all, and therefore all died"
2 Corinthians 5:14
We believe that God can heal every sickness, pain, crippling disease or deformity, create body parts, dissolve implanted metal and plastic and turn them into bone and flesh, and can bring life to the dead. We are not afraid to acknowledge some are not healed - we are only imperfect people trying to Gods will.
We work in the Kingdom authority given to us by God; it is who we are and affects everything around us. We exercise the power of God within the context of mission to see God's love shown to all
How does it work?
We try to keep H.O.T.S. as natural as possible, this means we always introduce ourselves, tell people what we are going to do and ask their permission before laying hands on them
We always start by 'lifting' the person up to God, that His love would surround them and that they would know His love. We then take authority over the sickness or injury telling it to go - fully believing that it will.
Vineyard 5 step prayer model
Interview - ask them what is wrong and what they would like prayer for
Diagnosis - what might have caused the problem? is it natural or supernatural?
Prayer Selection - what sort of prayer should be prayed?
Prayer - what's happening?
Post-prayer Direction - what now? ask them how they feel. Give any words of knowledge you might have received. Leave them knowing God loves them.
How do I get involved?
If you are interested in joining the H.O.T.S. team, praying on the streets, please contact Rob Gardiner
If you have not received training at one of the training sessions then you will be asked to come along to 'H.O.T.S. Inside' which happens the first and third Sunday each month. This is where we do H.O.T.S. exactly as on the streets, just in church, and is a perfect opportunity to receive some brief training and gain hands on experience within a safe setting