March of 1996, I was introduced to a Christian
healing ministry in my
neighborhood local church. Although I was not a
member of the church, I was highly motivated to
learn about the healing
ministry because my husband (age 39) was gravely ill with
brain cancer. In the previous nine months we had taken
advantage of all that modern medicine had to offer to heal my
husband -- surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, etc. -- without
success. As my husbands condition, both physically and
emotionally, continued to decline, we were both eager to
explore Christian-based spiritual healing, after we heard
about it through a friend. Since this first introduction to
"hands-on" healing, our lives have been transformed.
God has granted my husband spiritual and physical healing. In
other words, today he is a "whole" person again.
Shortly after being
introduced to the healing ministry with the theme of this
prayer and healing class, "You Can Do It Too," we
learned that indeed, God uses His people as vessels for prayer
in the healing of others. My husband and I enthusiastically
took advantage of opportunities to pray for others' healing
requests. Also, I learned to pray with confidence and
conviction for my husband's healing. On three occasions, after
I prayed against a seizure that my husband was having, the
seizure suddenly ceased. I also learned to "cast
out" oppressive spirits and observe the visible
transformation in the condition of the recipient. In addition,
I have enjoyed the blessings of being baptized in the Holy
Spirit, as evidenced by "praying in tongues."
Without any doubt, my
recent experiences in the healing ministry have been the
highlight of my twenty-year old Christian walk. God has worked
through me to visibly demonstrate healings for others. I have
applied "hands-on" healing for children with some
astonishing results. For example, a fourteen-year-old Catholic
youth experienced a "growing out" of arms and legs,
hip turning, and finally, "falling under the power"
of the Holy Spirit. As a result he was healed of his asthma, a
condition he had suffered from since birth.
[The above manifestations
referred to are explained in the text the class teaches from.
It is a book by Charles and Frances Hunter, How to Heal the
In another case, on a
wilderness backpacking and hiking trip, a fifteen-year-old
girl was traumatized by a fall that severely sprained her
ankle. Since the group had ten miles of wilderness trail to
reach the closest ranger station, they joined me in healing
prayer for her. By her own account, she was divinely
"uplifted" in both her body and spirit and was able
to complete the ten-mile trek back to safety despite the
injury to her ankle. This feat was accomplished because of the
"hands-on" healing prayer for her ankle and
There are numerous other
testimonies that I could provide about my own first-hand
experiences in the healing ministry. For now, I just want to
encourage other believers that:
(1) YES, God heals today.
(2) YES, healing can be
taught (I learned it, therefore you can too.)
(3) YES, healing can be
demonstrated. (4) If we imitate Jesus -- that means, pray for
divine healings like Jesus did and trust God for the results.
Hal's Note: Michelle
Leslie, together with her husband Frank, are strong witnesses
in our church -- which they have since joined -- and outside
of the church to the four points she makes above.