The first Ministry of Healing and Prayer (MOHAP) day retreat took place on October 7th at Newbold church. This event was eagerly anticipated by the 100 or so attendees; with some travelling from as far as Wales and Newcastle, necessitating an early start, in order to be on time for the 9.30am registration. Pastor Curtis Murphy (Stewardship Director, NEC) started the day with a rousing praise and worship session, accompanied by his guitar. We were also blessed in the morning and afternoon with beautiful meditational renditions on the flute by Hopieann Platt.
The fitting theme for the day was ‘Lord Make Me Whole. Dr Michael Hamilton (Prayer Ministries Director, TED) expanded upon this theme, by reminding us that the power of God was manifested in the healing of the paralytic, in the gospel of Luke and that the same healing power is available to us today and can provide healing for all the maladies that cripple us, whether they be physical, spiritual or mental.
Dr Christopher Levy (an Emergency physician and Lifestyle doctor) gave a thoughtful presentation on chronic diseases and the impact they have on individuals and those around them and emphasised the necessity for individuals to seek the appropriate treatment for their illness and also to present our illnesses before the Lord for his intervention, but not just as a last resort. Sharon Platt-McDonald (Health Director, BUC) enthusiastically outlined how a healthy ‘rainbow diet’ of fruits and vegetables, positive thought patterns and willingness to forgive can positively impact our emotional well being and our physical health. Janet Hamilton (MOHAP Founding Director) facilitated a short interactive discussion. The summary conclusion being that we should trust God’s will for our live; because we serve a sovereign God who wants to heal us. For some the healing will occur on this earth and for others it will be in the earth made new.
A number of Individuals gave powerful testimonies as to how God had healed them and provided protection in times of crisis. One individual relayed how after suffering nearly a year of extreme chronic back pain, physicians had offered an operation to alleviate the pain; however the operation carried potential serious risks. This individual received anointing, put her trust in God and waited. Healing did not come immediately, but it did come, weeks later. One morning she awoke and the pain had completely gone and never returned. Another individual testified at the end of the day “I came in with a request for healing and I’m leaving healed. Praise God! “ . The day was punctuated with corporate prayer and Heather Haworth (Prayer Ministries, Director, BUC) reverently facilitated the private meditative prayer and prayer in two’s sessions.
A number of local pastors and conference pastors from the TED, BUC, NEC and SEC were in attendance throughout the day. More local Pastors arrived in the afternoon, to specifically minister in the anointing service. Pastor Emmanuel Osei (Prayer Ministries Director, SEC) gave an introduction to the anointing service and outlined its biblical authority. The day culminated with private one-to-one pastoral counselling, prayer and anointing for those requesting it in adjoining rooms. Whilst the anointing session was occurring, Pastor Murphy lead an uplifting praise and worship session and also provided individuals with the opportunity to testify of the power, love and goodness of God in their individuals lives.
The day concluded with the hymn ‘How Great Thou Art, which summed up the sentiment of the day.