Sid: My guest all the way from Chester, United Kingdom is Aliss Crisswell and we found out on yesterday’s broadcast that Aliss started a cafe. And all of a sudden miracles broke out and this was in 2009. And just out of curiosity Aliss how did you and your husband determine to start this cafe as a place for outreach?
Aliss: Well, a few years before I had the idea to open a Cafe but it hadn’t really taken the idea really any further. But we just felt that the Holy Spirit telling us to open a cafe; so we did it.
Sid: But you know you explained to me that you were crying out for 12 years for more of God; for God to do the same things He did in the people lives in the Bible. The same things He did in the books that you read about of famous Christians and you didn’t see much happen for 12 years. But it’s pretty interesting; I want you to comment on this. As you stepped out by faith to open up this outreach cafe then the miracles happened. I’m wondering if they would have even happened if you hadn’t stepped out first?
Aliss: That’s right, it’s impossible to please God without faith? That’s what the Bible says. And John Wimber used to spell faith; he said faith was spelled “Risk.” You got to take a risk, take a step of faith and that’s when you begin to see miracles.
Sid: Now, in the early days it was not as easy to take risk, a step of faith. How much trepidation was going on with you and your husband when you opened this cafe?
Aliss: Well, it was unknown, we’d never done anything like that before. We have no money either so we stepped out in faith and we own the praying in our church meeting. We called out and said “God we want the building that we’d seen, we’d like it and we’d like it for free; we don’t want to pay anything for it.” And the very next day I got a phone call and was offered that building for free.
Sid: Now, wait a second now. I believe in prayer but tell me “How did it happen to be for free, who gives a building for free?”
Aliss: (Laughing, well it was still…we didn’t own it but we were renting it without paying any rent. It was just incredible because the people that wanted to rent it out wanted money for it and I went to see them and the guy said “You know he wanted x-amount of rent.” And I just looked at him, and he said “Well, I guess you don’t want to pay that much do you?” And I said “No.” So he dropped the figure, and then he kept saying “You don’t want to pay anything do you?” And I said “No.” He said “Oh, here you go then, here’s the keys.” (Laughing)
Sid: My goodness, can I hire you to work for me? No, I’m just teasing, but so now you told me that of all the miracles and you see many, many miracles.
Sid: Your favorite was a man by the name of Terry Fingers; tell me about Terry.
Aliss: The first time that Terry came into our Cafe I was telling him about the miracles that Jesus was doing in the cafe. And he said “Oh, I need a miracle.” So I asked him what it was he needed. He said that 4 years ago he said I was climbing through a broken window; now I didn’t like to say what we do when climbing through a broken window but he said that the shards of glass from on the edge of the window frame went into his fingers. And his friend was there and he said “Yes, I tried to get the glass out with a —-knife and I couldn’t get it out and it’s still there 4 years later.” I mean he’d hadn’t gone to the hospital or anything. So when I looked at his fingers I could see little marks in his fingers where the glass was underneath and it was really embedded in there you know.
Sid: It sounds awful, I mean it sounds like to me if it’s glass every time he uses his fingers he would cut himself more.
Aliss: You would have thought so but it was all a bit bizarre but anyway I said “Well, Jesus will get the glass out. So I just grabbed his hands and said “In the Name of…
Sid: Okay, wait a second, did he say “Okay, you can pray for me, or did you just do it as you said it?”Aliss: Well, he’d already said “He needed a miracle so I just took his hands.”
Aliss: And I said “I command all of the glass to come out of his body in the Name of Jesus.” Now he goes home then and he came back into the Cafe the next day and he said “You’ll never guess what happened to me.” And I said “Sorry I don’t know, what happened?” He said “I’ve been up all night with peace of glass coming out of my fingers on their own.” He didn’t even go to bed he just watched as these tiny shards of glass came out of his fingers and he would just pull them out with no pain completely healed. But he said “The funny thing is that I had a problem with my foot for 30 years.” And he said he’s been to the hospital, nobody can find out the problem with his foot; the problem is with his foot. And he showed me the sole of his shoe, and he had a hole a large hole on the sole of his shoe where he didn’t know what the problem was but he couldn’t walk properly on it and all of his shoes were like that for 30 years! So he said “As the glass is coming out of his fingers in the middle of the night he thinks “What’s happening with my foot?” And he looks down and he sees a tiny piece of glass coming out of the bottom of his foot and he gets completely healed. He remembered that when he was 10 he jumped off of a wall in bare feet onto a glass bottle and it smashed and a tiny piece must have gone into his foot. But you know nobody knew that it was glass in his foot but at the Name of Jesus every knee has to bow and that includes glass. And the glass in his body because I said “Every bit of glass in his body come out;” I hadn’t said “Every bit of glass in his fingers come out.” And so it had to come at the Name of Jesus.
Sid: You know I get the feeling that when you pray you don’t hope; you don’t just say it because you read it. I mean with every fiber of your being you believe that the miracle is going to happen.
Aliss: Oh, absolutely I’m shocked if somebody does not get healed when I pray for them instantly. I like to see things instantly; because when Jesus died on the cross the Bible says that He took all of our pain and all of our sorrows and He took all of our sins and all of our diseases and our sicknesses. And the thing is that since He has already done that we just need to receive it into our bodies. So it can happen instantly and if it doesn’t happen instantly I am surprised.
Sid: But that’s the way that it should be; but that’s not the way that is for just about every one that’s listening to you right now you do realize that?
Aliss: Yes, yes.
Sid: So do you consider yourself normal as defined by the Bible?
Aliss: Oh, definitely.
Sid: So then, what does that make us? I’ll leave that one alone. (Laughing) Okay, now in 2009 when she opened this cafe the miracles started popping up all over the place. But don’t forget she paid a price. She paid a price of crying out to God for 12 years; did you fast any during those 12 years?
Aliss: I did fast as well, but you know that wasn’t the only thing that I did because you know people often say “Well, it’s easy for you you just do miracles and you cast out demons and it all happens; people give their life to Jesus really easily.” But people don’t know what’s gone on behind the scenes you know what it’s cost me. And one time I had my dream home; you know I had this wonderful house as we lived as a family and we felt that we’d live there for ever. But one day the Holy Spirit told me to give up my career which I knew meant giving up my dream home. But I didn’t question Him, as soon as I knew the same day I knew that was the Holy Spirit speaking to me I decided that I would give up career which I knew meant losing everything. We also had a lot of debt at the time.
Sid: Now it’s one thing for the Holy Spirit to tell you that; what about your husband? What position did he take?
Aliss: (Laughing) I have an amazing husband, I say things to him like “The Holy Spirit told me such and such.
Sid: I mean if I walked home tonight to my wife and I say “The Holy Spirit told me that we should give away everything we have I think that she might have something to say.”
Aliss: He has a lot of wisdom and he nods his head and then he will pray about it. But very quickly he will come back with it will be confirmation that he will get from the Lord. And so what we did was; what was amazing was. We sold our house, I gave up our career and we hardly had any income coming in and we had huge outgoings. But we were about to sell our home became that’s what I thought we needed to do because I’d given up my career. But we felt the Holy Spirit say “Don’t sell it.” So we lived by faith completely for about 12 months; we had so many miracles. No body gave us money, nobody knew the situation; but we just had so many miracles that we were able to pay all of our debts for a year. And then about the end of about 12 months later the Holy Spirit said “Okay, now sell your house.” We sold the house but over the 12 months the house prices has increased by so much that not only were we able to clear off all of our debts but you know if we’d sold the house 12 months previously we would still have debts. Twelve months later because we were being led by the Holy Spirit we cleared all our debts; we were able to buy a house a brand new house cash, no more mortgage. And we we went to the states for a year to Rick Joyner’s School of Ministry. That’s so important to be obedient to the Holy Spirit.
Sid: So what I’m hearing is obedience, instant obedience to the Holy Spirit and a consecrated life of crying out to God for more. Now I don’t think that we have time to go into this on this broadcast but on tomorrow’s broadcast tell me; I want you to tell me about the glory cloud that everyone saw that came upon everyone as you were witnessing to a drug dealer. But I want you to be normal; normal as defined by the Bible.