John Nobel has recently written this update on his facebook page. We want to copy it here to the Pioneer website with honour and respect to John & Christine for their years of service to the cause of the Kingdom.
I dedicate this page to the amazing and lovely Christine my wife of 58 years who is now in care after suffering from the increasing effects of dementia for some years.
I was 80 on Saturday the 15th of October and our family turned up in numbers to celebrate in the local Thai restaurant. It was the last family supper before I had to take Christine into the nursing home on Monday 17th. It was a very mixed blessing as I was so grateful for the love and sympathy poured out towards me and Christine by our kids, grand-kids and great grand-kids, but I could not shake off the deep feeling of sadness at what was about to happen after so many years of being together.
Apart from her devotion to me and our lovely family Christine has faithfully ministered to thousands of individuals and churches here in the UK and around the world with her straight talk, prophetic insights, creativity, writing and humour.
Now, in her strange world which we have little access to, I have seen her grasp the hands of Ivy, a lady full of fear in the home where she is, and assure her with great confidence that she is good and will be fine, her words transformed Ivy from near tears to a peaceful smile.
Apparently, on the first day we left her in the care home, while we travelled back in buckets of tears, she was trying to hold a healing meeting and encouraged one wheelchair-bound lady to get up and walk. Sadly, no revival in the home as yet, but she has brought some light and fun as on occasions she gets up and dances and in her shuffling way urges others to join her as she did so often in church gatherings large and small.
I have, without doubt, been through the worst time of my life as I have watched my princess go down hill. I have lost her but she is still here. I have experienced the pain of an on going bereavement which, I guess, could cause some to stumble or lose their faith but, in a strange way, the experience has drawn me closer to the Lord as I have cried out to him.
I seem to have received a greater understanding and compassion for the multitudes who have been through, and are going through, what I am experiencing but without the support of a wonderful family and the constant presence of a loving God. This has led me to think about what I can contribute now as I will have a little more time being released from the 24 hour care which has pre-occupied me over recent years.
Being a dinosaur, I have never wanted to get involved in social media and, believe it or not, I don’t own a mobile phone. However, after thoughts, prayers and chatting with the family who have been alongside us through this time, I felt the Lord was nudging me to share some of the ministry and teaching he has given me over the years. My hope is that this Face Book page, managed by our daughters Sharon and Ruth, may be a blessing and encouragement to some who are going through tough times or are just looking to be fed and encouraged.