This is how, in Andrew’s own words:
(Yes, this is another blog post in light of Dave Duell’s imminent visit to Dagenham!)
In September of 1989, I was holding a tent meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the night that hurricane Hugo hit. The tent was flapping in the breeze, and we needed to drop and tie it off. But just before the service ended, Pastor Dean Mellon gave me a prophecy that changed my life and ministry.
He said, “you have a nation of the world on your heart, and you know exactly which nation I’m speaking of”. In less than a month, you will meet a man who will be a porter, a door opener to the whole nation.
I knew exactly which nation the Lord was speaking of, and I knew in my heart that the Lord was about to bring my dreams and vision concerning the U.K. and Europe to pass. I’ve had the U.K. on my heart ever since I took a trip to Europe in 1968. While in London, I spent hours walking the streets, praying for the people and believing God that someday I would get the opportunity to minister to them.
However, it’s not wise to just take a prophecy and run with it. If it was really the Lord speaking to me through this man, then it would come to pass without my help. Two weeks later at our U.S. Ministers’ Conference in Buena Vista, Colorado, I noticed that Will Graham from Rugeley, England was listed as an attendee. I figured Will was the man the Lord had spoken about, but I didn’t say a thing to anyone.
In the very first session, my good friend, Dave Duell, was ministering and calling people forward for prayer. He called Will to the front and said. “Will, God has made you a porter, a door opener to all of the U.K.” BINGO! That was it. This had to be the man the Lord had spoken to me about in Charlotte.
I told Will about that prophecy I received in Charlotte and asked him what he thought. He said his church had received a special offering to send him to the conference to get Dave and me and bring us to England. Praise the Lord! A few months later we opened our first international office in Coventry, England, and its been going strong ever since.
We have distributed hundreds of thousands of tapes and CDs through our European office and have thousands of people on our mailing list. We minister in many churches and hold two conventions in the U.K. each year. The Gospel Truth television program is broadcast daily in the U.K. on the God Channel International, which also reaches all of Europe, Asia, and Africa.
The open doors to the U.K. and Europe were a supernatural opportunity that came directly from the Lord. We are committed to walking through every door the Lord opens for us and minster the nearly too-good-to-be-true news of God’s love to hungry people throughout Europe.