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Youth ride wooden waves in church parking lots (9/12/04)

A/G, COGIC join forces through inner-city campus (9/12/04)

Christians respond to victimized women and children (8/29/04)

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ADHD requires multifaceted treatment approach (8/22/04)

Small congregation grows — by planting churches (8/22/04)

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Churches act pre-emptively to reduce risk of abuse (7/25/04)

Credit cards ensnare record number of Americans (7/25/04)

Church helps out with donated CD, recycled buses (7/25/04)

New wave of pastors minister to emerging adults (7/18/04)

‘Walking Witnesses’ raise thousands for missions (7/18/04)

Healing center offers alternative medicine (7/18/04)

Growing number of Hispanics impact economy (7/11/04)

'Busy' couple finds time for compassion ministry (7/11/04)

Hand-copied Bible leaves 40-year legacy (7/11/04)

Pastor ends hunger strike when strip club promises to sell (6/27/04)

‘Military survival kit’ requests inundate A/G (6/27/04)

Fourth of July outreach draws thousands (6/27/04)

Drivers warned to steer clear of distractions (6/27/04)

Pastors face more counseling demands (6/20/04)

Church uses touch of ‘flavor’ to reach community (6/20/04)

Outrageous self-expression often starts, stops at home (6/13/04)

Runner raises $5,200 for Convoy of Hope (6/13/04)

Euphemisms tempt Christians to conveniently shed sin, guilt (5/30/04)

Funds for Easter play buy groceries instead (5/30/04)

Identity theft threatens millions of Americans (5/23/04)

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Health experts implore Americans to get fit (5/9/04)

Leaders say Christian faith stems recidivism (4/25/04)

Riders feel at home in Orlando sanctuary (4/18/04)

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Christians see Passion as ministry opportunity (3/28/04)

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A/G women seize new ministry opportunities (2/29/04)

Investment in early spiritual maturity reaps rewards (2/22/04)

Christian families respond to foster care opportunities (2/15/04)

Childless couples grapple with emotional roller coaster, faith challenges (2/8/04)

Few men seek help from abortion grief, guilt (1/18/04)

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Healing center offers alternative medicine

By Connie Cross (7/18/04)

Carmen Rocha, 46, of Toledo, Ohio, arrived in February at Gilead Healing Center with a 33-year history of severe asthma and health problems associated with prescription drugs. Staff members put her on a diet and nutritional supplements. After a week Rocha was free of sinus pressure, a previously untreatable throat infection and wheezing. She has not had an asthma attack since.

“This summer I’m involved in outdoor activities I could not do before,” Rocha says.

Patient and Christian singer Pam Allison lauds the “peace and love of God” at Gilead where she is receiving successful treatment for migraine headaches.

Gilead Healing Center, a ministry of Mount Hope Church and International Outreach Ministries in Lansing, Mich., opened two years ago in a 21,000- square-foot facility valued at nearly $4 million. Gilead offers a Christian and alternative medical approach to heal spirit, mind and body.

Mount Hope Church Pastor Dave Williams says in 1983 the Lord impressed upon him to build a facility for those who could not be helped by traditional medicine.

Pastoral care staff members pray with and counsel patients, seeking divine healing as well as uncovering emotional and spiritual roots to illness such as unforgiveness, bitterness and grief. Between Sunday church services, the pastoral care department of the center is open for prayer.

Several miraculous healings have been reported. After Scott Reynolds suffered two heart attacks, doctors told him he probably wouldn’t live another year. He went to Gilead for prayer and then returned to his physician, who ran more tests, which revealed a completely normal heart.

Dorothy Sundeen’s doctor told her she needed surgery for a hernia. After prayer at Gilead she no longer felt pain. The following week a Gilead doctor found no hernia.

Since February, Gilead’s three doctors have provided alternative treatment plus advice on nutritional supplements, diet and exercise.

“Prescription drugs are used only occasionally to bridge people to alternative medicine,” says Pastor Rich LaBelle, 54, Gilead Healing Center senior administrator.

Missionaries and ministers are treated for free. Gilead is funded through private contributions, foundation grants and memorial gifts.

The center has treated approximately 500 patients, most of them Christians. But Gilead also honors Christ’s mandate to both preach the kingdom of God and heal the sick. Many who have been treated were cancer patients given no hope by traditional medical practitioners, LaBelle says.


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