On the 13th August 2017, we had the most amazing evening at City Gates Church, celebrating Velveta Thompson’s healing. With over 900 people present, we raised a sound of exuberant praise and worship to our God. We would like to thank the many friends that travelled to Ilford from all over the United Kingdom, someone travelling all the way from Paris.

Throughout the evening there was only one name that was lifted high, the name of Jesus. We were joined by many worship leaders, City Gates worship team & children’s ministry, dancers and intercessors. In between the worship, our hearts were moved by testimonies and video greetings from those who could not attend. (Video greetings beneath).

Thanksgiving Worship & Celebration Service for Velveta

(Photography by Orval Thomas)


We are thankful that the staff of Basildon hospital were present so we could personally thank them for the significant role they played in Velveta’s rehabilitation.

At the end of the evening, Velveta shared an awesome testimony of how God delivered her from the brink of death and restored her life from Critical illness to full restoration. During her testimony, one of her main appeals was a reminder to forgive and release those who may have hurt you, moving on with your life and allowing God to heal hearts, circumstances and broken relationships. The response from many to date has been overwhelming.

You could hear a pin drop as Vel shared her ‘out of body’ experience (still more to be shared) and how the presence of Jesus never left her throughout her period of being in a coma.

During the middle of the evening celebrations, I was personally reminded of how God changes our circumstances for the sake of His glory, He often uses our circumstances to change us. One thing we do know is that our family can never be the same again! Though He has promised to deliver us from our troubles, God may not do this in the way we think. The fact is, God, does more than just deliver us, He will go to whatever extent to develop us into the likeness of His Son and into the fullness of our God-given potential.

During a previous Bible study, I have noticed how often the word ‘through’ is used in Scripture. To get to the Promised Land, Israel had to go through the Red Sea, through the wilderness, and through the Jordan River.

‘As they pass through the Valley of Baca [brokenness, loss, grief, and weeping] they make it a spring…they go from strength to strength’ (Psalm 84:5-7 NKJV). ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned’ (Isaiah 43:2 NKJV). (Word for Today).

Again, we encourage those of you who may still be waiting for your healing – trust God! He knows what He’s doing. Be patient! While God is working for you, He’s working in you. When you finally get through your difficult experience or circumstance, like us, you’ll look back and thank Him for the things He has taught you. There is much we have learnt throughout this experience and know there is still much more to be learnt (Someday we will share the wider aspect of this journey).

But for now, we simply want to say thank you for ‘journeying with us’ in faith, love and compassion. Let us know how we can also stand with you in prayer. Remain in faith, hope and expectancy that where two or three are gathered in HIS NAME, whatever we ask He will do immeasurably beyond all we can imagine or think. Blessings,

~ Steve T.

Video greetings played at the Thanksgiving service