What does a thirteen year old do at a prayer retreat? Seven apprehensive teenagers were among the 170 attendees at the first Ministry of Healing and Prayer (MOHAP) day retreat of 2014, hosted at the Advent Centre, London on Sunday, 26 January.
The Plumstead teenagers joined adults, mainly from around the South England Conference, but with others from the North, including a group a group of seven from Leeds, led by Pastor Ikwisa Mwasumbi. These mixed with and welcomed others from other denominations and even the unchurched.
There were informative and inspirational presentations on spiritual, physical and emotional healing by Pastor Emmanuel Osei (SEC Prayer Ministries director), Dr Chidi Ngwaba (Physician and Lifestyle doctor), and Dr Daniel Duda (TED Education director). Pastor Osei's devotional focussed on the leper, his faith and the obstacles he overcame in order to meet Jesus and receive His healing. Dr Ngwaba outlined the detrimental effect of sugar on one's health in particular diabetes and hypertension. He recommended diet and lifestyle changes including sugar consumption reduction, to aid in the reversal of these chronic conditions. Dr Duda addressed the topic of fear and anxiety in the Christian's life and highlighted appropriate and inappropriate responses to fear and the need of a correct mindset in order to overcome the inappropriate responses.
The attendees praised and worshipped God in song and testimonies throughout the day and there were also opportunities for a variety of prayer times: quiet meditation, corporate and prayer in twos. Eleven pastors provided the ministerial service of pastoral prayer, brief counselling and anointing. Joyful testimonies followed.
And the youth? While apprehensive at the start, by the end of the day they stated, "We have been so blessed, we want to attend other retreats and we are going to bring some of our friends."