KUCHING – From 6-9 May, there was a Healing Crusade at Blessed Sacrament Church (Stampin) with Bob Canton from California (the United States of America), a lay person with a very anointed Healing Ministry. Bob was accompanied by Augusto Mora, a lawyer, and Dr Ricardo Gutierrez, a dentist, both also from California.
Amongst his various ministries Bob is a Council Member of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) based in the Vatican. As Divine Providence would have it, Bob had just attended a Colloquium in Rome in early April (organised by the ICCRS) on the role of Charisms of the Holy Spirit today. Fresh from this meeting in Rome, Bob came to Kuching and the Lord demonstrated the powerful use of the charisms of the Holy Spirit.
The Crusade began with a Retreat for the Emmaus Community on 6 May. The next day, there was a Workshop on Effective Prayer for Deliverance which was attended by over 100 participants, including Bishop Dominic Su from Sibu. This session was only open to selected participants.
On 8 and 9 May Bob continued with a Workshop on Effective Prayer, Charism and Evangelisation, which was attended by about 350 participants from all over Sarawak, including Bau, Serian, Bunan Gega, Sarikei, Sibu and Miri.
Running simultaneously was the Healing Rally on the three nights of 7-9 May, starting with Mass. Bob was assisted Bishop Dominic Su (the first two nights) and Fr Lawrence Chua, Rector of Blessed Sacrament Parish, and the Healing Team from the Emmaus Community. On the last night Bob specially called the youths to give their hearts and lives to Jesus and many came forward to be prayed with.
Looking at the sheer number of people who needed prayer for healing and deliverance it cannot be denied that the people of God are a wounded people, desperately needing the healing touch of their Shepherd. They came in spite of the rain, the crowds, the parking problems and many other inconveniences because evidently they saw a chance to be touched by Jesus Christ through the ministry of Bob.
One of the healing testimonies came from eight-year-old Rosalynn Mutheardy of Kuching. Having had a lump in her left rib area since she was six months old, she attested to being healed: “Br Bob told us that Jesus is healing all the lumps. Then, Br Bob asked us to touch the lump. Mine was gone! There is no more lump and no more pain!”