The bright warm spring sunshine welcomed attendees, to the MOHAP day retreat, hosted at the Newbold church on Sunday 26th May 2013. The classical piano music played by Nathanial Davis prior to the start of the program, soothed each person who came with their individual spiritual, emotional and physical needs. It was hoped the retreat would provide an oasis of inspiration and peace. The consensus at the end of the day was summed up by an attendee’s comment, “another refreshing and uplifting experience – Praise God! “.
The day commenced by focusing our minds on God’s love, through prayer, praise and worship; lead enthusiastically by Jackie Johnson and Eleni-Jaye Anderson-Gray. The Lord’s presence and Spirit continued to be sought and welcomed in prayer throughout the day, in various corporate, private and prayer in two’s sessions which were led by Shiloh Harmitt and Pastors Cecil Perry, Vicentiu Dranca, Ian Sleeman and Bertie DeNysschen. Many were blessed and encouraged by Eleni- Jaye Anderson-Gray’s personal testimony, regarding how the Lord had miraculously reversed a long standing medical condition.
Pastor Terry Messenger, SEC Executive Secretary, focussed on Mark 1:40-45 in his devotional. He outlined that many people believe God is unable to help them, because of their circumstances, but the healing of the leper demonstrates that God is more than willing to restore us.
Dr Christopher Levy an Emergency physician and Lifestyle doctor provided a thought provoking presentation, on the ‘Body Mind Connection’ and examined how mental/psychological/psychiatric and neurological conditions and their treatments affect the body and how systemic conditions and their treatments affect the mind and brain function. He concluded with how to promote optimal brain function and thought processes in spite of physical illness. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and this evoked a lively and informative discussion.
Janet Hamilton, MOHAP Founder and Director, concluded the morning session with an open corporate discussion, on the role of medical science in the healing of the Christian. It was concluded that God can work through medical science, which does not preclude having a deep faith in God.
After a nourishing and delicious wholefood vegan lunch, the attendees listened to Dr Colin Gordon, a Psychologist, lively and passionate ‘Stressed BUT Blessed’ presentation. He provided a short stress level test and looked at the causes of stress. He also provided the attendees with the opportunity to discuss those things that stresses us the most. Colin showed us how to manage stress with practical techniques and ultimately to focus on the Lord. The session concluded with a question and answer session.
Pastor Emmanuel Osei, SEC Ministerial and Prayer Ministries director introduced the purpose and biblical authority for the anointing service and also offered the prayer of consecration for the participating pastors. The pastors also provided pastoral prayer and brief one-to-one counselling for those requesting it. Fen Braithwaite led a passionate Spirit filled praise, worship and testimony session, which was concurrently run with the anointing service. Many people testified how the Lord had miraculously been working in their lives. The experience and testimonies moved many to tears, as it confirmed that there is a God in heaven who cares about each one of us. The day concluded with the hymn ‘How Great thou Art’; sung with the passion, hope and praise of those in need and seeking a touch from their Lord.
Many were so stirred that they did not want to go home and remained long after the program had ended, praying together, fellowshipping and praising God. One attendee said he had been at work the night before and had come straight from work and was intending to go home to sleep at lunch time. He however felt he could not leave as he was enjoying the day so much. A group of young ladies commented that this was there first MOHAP retreat and were so blessed they “‘will be attending all the MOHAP retreats in the future and will bringing more friends” with them.
The MOHAP annual retreat will take place on Friday 30th August – Monday 2nd September 2013, at Wokefield Park, Reading. The international speakers will focus on spiritual (baptism of the Holy Spirit), emotional and physical healing. The Croydon SDA Gospel choir, directed by Ken Burton, will be providing a special musical presentation to provide healing to the soul.