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Yet I will certainly bring health and healing to it and will indeed heal them.
Two days ago I visited Oxford and attended a training day with Mark Marx who pioneered the Street Healing model which is spreading around UK churches. Our church has been involved with this ministry for about 6 months so we were eager to hear from people who had more experience than us.
The day began with some inspiring and faith building teaching and also some hands on training. Mark asked if anyone present had lower back problems and R from my group stood up with some encouragement from those sitting near her. She has been suffering from back pain for some time and we have prayed for her healing before. She sat on a chair in the middle of the group (about 80 people) and she was asked to stretch her legs out in front of her. As we looked, we saw that one leg was longer than the other, the likely cause of lower back pain. The leg was simply commanded to be healed and people began to gasp as we saw the short leg move until both legs were completely the same length. It was like watching the hand of a clock move, very slow but definite.
Later on on the streets, this man in the photo received very lengthy prayer. You can see how serious his problem was. He began to draw a crowd as he was holding up his shoes and telling everyone that he had been healed. The proof was that he was standing quite normally and had needed to go to the nearest shoe shop to buy some new shoes!
A similar healing was witnessed by a BBC reporter in April 2008. Here is the video.
Listen to this girl's testimony as she was interviewed on the BBC afterwards.