Three experienced and enthusiastic presenters undertook to make the Ministry of Healing and Prayer (MOHAP) day retreat on Sunday 25 May 2014, at the Advent Centre in London; thought-provoking, inspirational and informative. The day was interspersed with opportunities for reflection, prayer and testimonies. Claudia Gouveia shared how in 2011, she was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP), a rare form of aggressive cancer affecting only 1 in a million; whilst undergoing a laparoscopy for suspected endometriosis.
Claudia shared that the tumour located in the appendix, was in its early stages and both were successfully surgically removed. However, the endometriosis, diagnosed at the same time, and which can cause infertility, was confirmed and Claudia was strongly advised to have a hysterectomy, which she was reluctant to have. After a visit to Brazil and much prayer, she finally relented. However, Claudia along with her friends, family and church continued to trust and pray earnestly for God's intervention, during the time leading up to her surgery.
Claudia joyfully stated, "The surgeon decided to review my scans again and became convinced the procedure was not necessary and cancelled the surgery. Amazingly, this occurred after I was prepped for surgery; on the theatre trolley, en route to the theatre. If I did not have endometriosis which is still active, but of which I now only have a few symptoms; I may never had known about the PMP until it had spread. I have now changed to a vegan diet and have adopted a healthier lifestyle and I trust that God will one day allow me to have children. My yearly hospital checks have all come back NED 'No Evidence of Disease'. God answers prayer, He is in control of my life, I can't stop praising Him."
SEC Ministerial and Prayer Ministries director Pastor Emmanuel Osei's devotional, 'Your faith will make you whole', encouraged attendees to receive God's forgiveness and by faith, be made whole.
Dr Nyjon Eccles, physician and lifestyle doctor, then shared how the use of whole foods and phytonutrients affect our wellness, while psychologist Leslene Peat-Brown's presentation on 'Overcoming rejection' outlined the symptoms of rejection; its cause and effects; its emotional and physical impact and how to overcome rejection, utilising a biblical model.
Pastor Vince Goddard directed the anointing service and provided a short introduction regarding its purpose. There was also opportunity to receive anointing, pastoral prayer and brief counselling.