The first Ministry of Healing and Prayer (MOHAP) retreat for 2013; took place at the Advent Centre in central London on January 27th. Approximately 130 Attendees travelled from across the UK; from Birmingham in the North; Southampton in the South; Norwich in the east and Bristol in the West, to participate in the day. Many came with burden of sickness, but departed at the end of the day with a lightened load; as they were encouraged throughout the day to cast their cares on Jesus and to trust in Him.
The praise, worship and testimony sections on the day were truly inspirational and were enthusiastically led by Fen Braithwaite; with many providing testimonies about the healing power of God in their lives. Everol Dixon, with his melodious baritone voice, provided ministry in music to the captivated audience. Pastor Cecil Perry (former BUC president) reminded us in his devotion; that the One who wields power over sin is the same One who has power over all sicknesses. Dr Chid Ngwaba’s (physician and life style doctor) presentation outlined the principle that prevention is very much better than cure and provided guidance on improving one’s health using a natural approach. Marlene Levy’s (psychotherapist and counsellor) presentation focussed on the importance of prayer, with regards to the emotional and mental aspect of wellness and healing.
Pastor Simon Martin encouraged attendees, to pair up with a person previously unknown to them and to pray for that persons needs. In the afternoon Pastor Berti de Nysschen provided an opportunity for individuals to engage in quite meditative prayer. It was wonderful to witness people, thoughtfully and earnestly praying for their own needs and for that of each other.
Pastor Humphrey Walters, introduced the biblical purpose of the anointing service and 11 pastors from around the SEC, provided upon request individual anointing, pastoral counselling and prayer in a very reverent and spirit filled atmosphere. The day concluded with the hymn ‘How great thou art’ which beautifully expressed the mediation of each heart.