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Healing conference aims to help

Lighthouse Christian Church has experienced some neat things lately. Through prayer, the church has seen some of its members find healing through God.

Pastor Bill Goodwin said prayers have helped parishioners sleep better, and get over other ills.

"On Sundays we have been experiencing some beautiful touches by the Lord," Goodwin said.

The church wants to expand on that, so it has asked pastor Henry Nsubuga to host a three-day healing conference. The aim is to pray for the sick and hurting and to let God do his will. The Extreme Healing Conference will be held June 10-12 at Lighthouse Christian Church, 3285 144th St.

"We want to lean on the presence of God to bring healing," said Goodwin.

This Extreme Healing Conference came about in an interesting way. At the start of 2011 pastor Bill Goodwin took a sabbatical. It was an opportunity to get some rest.

During that time Goodwin met Nsubuga. Nsubuga is from Uganda. In his home country he has established 60 churches and opened an orphanage and school.

Also on sabbatical, Nsubuga told Goodwin he felt God weighing on his heart to pray for the sick. That urge lined up with what was going on at Lighthouse, so Goodwin asked if Nsubuga might be willing to come and pray for people there. Nsubuga agreed.

"We can't heal people. God is the one that heals people," said Goodwin.

Nsubuga knows a thing or two about God's healing powers. He was born in Uganda. When he was a teenager, there was a rebellion and Nsubuga and his family were caught in the fighting. Both his parents were killed. And Nsubuga was shot in both legs and left to die. When the rebels returned the next day and he wasn't dead they left him again. Eventually he was found and received medical care. Doctors told him he likely wouldn't walk again, but he overcame the injuries.

In 2009 Nsubuga was kidnapped while visiting churches he'd established in his home country. During the ordeal he was beaten and forced to drink poison. Eventually he was left for dead. A man on a motorbike found him and brought him to help.

Earlier this year, Nsubuga's health declined again because of the poison he had been forced to drink. Doctor's feared he would die, but through the help of other people was able to get the right medical care.

Goodwin said Nsubuga has an incredible spirit and that he expects the conference to be well attended.

"We're expecting extraordinary things here in Minnesota," said Goodwin.

The Extreme Healing Conference will start at 7 p.m. June 10. The conference will continue at 6 p.m. June 11 and the last service will start at 6 p.m. June 12. The conference is open to the public.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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