Tag: Healing

Fr. Ubald Shares Message of Forgiveness

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Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga

Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga will be at guest at this year’s Gathering.

By Lloyd Greenhaw and Katsey Long

Our time in Rwanda with an amazing and gifted team was very rich, but one especially beautiful fruit to come of our time there was our relationship with Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, who you can learn more about at www.frubald.com.

One of our team members, Katsey Long, is a social worker who is in the midst of filming a documentary on Fr. Ubald. For the past eight years, she has spent her time between Rwanda and the US.

Fr. Ubald has a harrowing story from the Rwandan genocide. He was a participant in our first Unbound training sessions in Rwanda and found freedom in Christ. His story, from Katsey, follows:

During the genocide, Fr. Ubald was pastor of a parish. He had hired guards and was trying to protect his 45,000 parishioners, when the mayor and the district leaders suggested he leave. They told him they wouldn’t hurt anybody if he left. This was in May, and genocide had been going on for a little while. Fr. Ubald called his bishop, who came to get him.

When it was time for him to leave, the people formed an aisle for him, and he walked through the pathway out to the car. Everyone was sobbing, because they knew they were going to die after he left, so the bishop said he would stay with them that night.

The bishop left the next day, and within two days, they started killing everyone. About 45,000 people died within three days. At the time, Fr. Ubald wanted to die; he wanted to go back with his people and die with them. He was devastated at what happened and that he had trusted the leadership.

Fr. Ubald stayed at the bishop’s house for about three weeks. After that, he got a phone call from a friend who warned him about plans to kill him. “They will put your head on a stake and process it through the parish so everyone will know you have no power,” they said. He decided to escape.

Fr. Ubald took the money he had and paid for five other people to escape with him. One of them, a priest, did not make the rendezvous point and was killed in the genocide. The rest of them escaped in the middle of the night to the Congo. Once he got there, Fr. Ubald continued on to Lourdes, France, where people paid for him to come to find healing.

In fact, he was healed at Lourdes. While going up the hill during Stations of the Cross, a priest said, “Jesus accepted His cross,” and Fr. Ubald heard a voice say, “Ubald pick up your cross, the genocide is your cross.”  Once he accepted it as his cross, Fr. Ubald stopped crying. When he returned to Rwanda in January of 1995, he started preaching forgiveness, because he knew forgiveness is the only way.

At that time people, did not want to hear the message of forgiveness, but Fr. Ubald continued to preach it and to visit the prisons of Rwanda to tell the perpetrators to ask for pardon for what they had done. One day, he was preaching in a prison, when a man came up to him and said, “I need to ask something of you Fr. Ubald. I was the one that ordered your mother to be killed, and I would like to ask for your forgiveness.”

Fr. Ubald wept, then went over and hugged the man and said, “In the name of Jesus, I forgive you.” Then, on his way home, he was thinking, “I wonder if that man really believes that I have forgiven him?” He decided he wanted to do something to prove his forgiveness.

Later that day, Fr. Ubald received a call telling him the man’s children were now basically orphans. The mother had died, and since the father was imprisoned and could not pay the school fees, they were kicked out of school. Fr. Ubald adopted both of those children. He continues to help them as they grow up and try to make a life for themselves. One of them is at medical school, and he continues to pay her educational expenses. The father will get out of prison next year, and Fr. Ubald will help him find a way to make a living and to help people. He continues to preach that message all over the country.

At Fr. Ubald’s healing services, it is not uncommon for there to be 30,000 people, and when he does them at a place like Kigali’s Maharo Stadium, 80,000 people will come to hear him preach about forgiveness and reconciliation, and he sees many, many healings: physical, emotional, trauma, cancer, HIV, bones healed, lame walk, blind see. However, he considers the greatest miracle when someone chooses to forgive and to be free. His services are not just for Catholics but for everybody, including Muslims and Pentecostals. He also comes to the United States twice a year.

Dream Team at Kibeho, Rwanda with Fr. Ubald
Renewal Ministries’ Rwanda Mission Team

The Five Keys is an important part of Fr. Ubald’s work, and he learned it from one of Renewal Ministries’ earliest retreats in Rwanda. Prior to that, he had often done hands-on healing in small groups. He had told his bishop that people were coming back to him saying they had been healed. The bishop said, “That gift is not for you; that gift is for the world.” After five years of having a healing gift, the Lord gave Fr. Ubald the gift of the word of knowledge. He continued to pray faithfully that God would heal, and He did. And then, five years he got the word of knowledge gift, he learned the Five Keys from Renewal Ministries. With that knowledge, and with the experience of processing with a monstrance amidst a huge crowd at Lloyd Greenhaw’s request, he found the confidence to start to do healing services on a large scale.

With the help of donors, he has since purchased land on the shore of Lake Kisu for large missions—200,000 people can attend events there. A huge statue of Divine Mercy overlooks the venue. Fr. Ubald also has started a center for forgiveness and reconciliation here, called The Center for the Secret of Peace.  He brings together perpetrators and victims to participate together in the process of reconciliation.

Mercy Shine at Kibeho, Rwanda 2016 (3)
People reaching out to touch the Divine Mercy statue.

 

Jesus Does Still Heal!

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Larry and Sharon Yelinek (front row) at the Renewal Ministries’ Gathering.

At the 2016 Renewal Ministries’ Gathering, long-time supporter Larry Yelinek, of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, experienced a tremendous healing of his hip. He writes about the experience below:

In the spring of 2013, my right hip started to become painful, and by the summer I noticed my right foot was turning in. The discomfort in my right leg increased throughout the summer and into the fall of 2014.

I told my primary care doctor, Dr. Catherine Foster of the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about my problem with my right hip and leg. I thought it was a pulled groin muscle. She sent me to the hospital’s pain clinic. After that examination, she sent me to an orthopedist, Dr. Bruce Miller. He said I would need a hip replacement in the future. The next year, I continued to struggle with the pain but still didn’t want to have surgery.

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Miller told me during a routine appointment that I would need to lose twenty pounds in order to have hip surgery. The day I lost twenty pounds, I called for an appointment and was scheduled to see a doctor on May 3, 2016. At that time, the pain level was almost always at a nine.

Then, at the Renewal Ministries Gathering in mid-April, everything changed. Fr. Mathias Thelen prayed for healing for everyone attending the conference. He told anyone who experienced their pain decrease by eighty percent to stand up and come to the podium. My pain decreased by forty to sixty percent. Then—my goodness!—I felt more heat in my leg, and after that I felt that I had reached the eighty percent.

I walked to the podium, about twenty feet away, without my cane. Fr. Mathias asked what was happening, and I told him that my right hip was healed. We praised Jesus together. Then, while Peter Williamson and I stood together proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, I realized my right arm was straight up. I had not been able to lift my right arm for three to four months.

My appointment regarding the hip replacement surgery I had believed was imminent and necessary came just over two weeks later, on May 3, 2016. At that time, I received news from Dr. Jeffrey Osworth that I am no longer a candidate for hip replacement surgery, because I don’t need it! What is also amazing is the doctor believes in miracles!

Praise Jesus! Praise Jesus! Praise Jesus! Glory be to Christ Jesus! AMEN!

Additionally, my right foot is now straight. It’s not turning inward, I don’t need to use a cane, and I don’t need pain medicines. Hallelujah!

This article originally appeared in the July 2016 Renewal Ministries’ newsletter.

Experiencing Renewal Around the World

 

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Dr. Mary Healy, a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and a special advisor to Renewal Ministries, recently traveled to Brisbane, Australia, to speak at a conference for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. We hope her reflections on some of her experiences there and in other countries encourage you and fill you with hope, knowing that the power of the Lord is at work around the world.

The conference this weekend was a beautiful experience of Christian unity and of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The speakers were myself and Mark Nimo, with one talk given by a Protestant, Katherine Ruonala, founder and pastor of a charismatic church in Brisbane. She moves in signs and wonders to an amazing degree.  We led a healing service together on Saturday night and there were many healings, including of deafness, fibromyalgia, arthritis, Parkinson’s, psoriasis, dizziness, pain from neck and back injuries, and many inner healings.

As an example of what’s going on in her church, one young man evangelized three young guys he saw playing basketball near his house. They spoke only broken English, but he invited them to his house for a barbeque. They were Moslem refugees who had recently come from Iran. One of them had severe vision problems and said he had lost his glasses coming over on the boat. So the Christian prayed over him, and he was totally healed. As a result all three came to faith in Christ and were baptized. This was the only exposure they’d had to Christianity, so they thought miracles were normal. They began to pray over other Moslems and see healings, and were even doing fire tunnels at the place where immigrants line up to receive their government subsidies. As a result, over a period of three months sixty Moslem men came to faith in Christ.

Although the Catholic Renewal is relatively small in Australia, there is a very impressive evangelistic zeal and readiness. The people were not there just to have a good time, but truly to be equipped to go out with the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Many are already involved in evangelistic outreaches on the “peripheries.

Two women told me that after reading my book Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World their prayer groups have been evangelizing on the street and seeing miracles. Another woman said that during a conference at which I spoke last year in Melbourne, she was healed from deep vein thrombosis.

After being in Quebec City, Ireland, and Australia three weekends in a row, I see an amazing convergence in what the Lord is doing throughout the world. Everywhere people are receiving a deeper revelation of the Father’s love and of the authority we have in Christ as sons and daughters of God. There is an awakening to the supernatural as the normal Christian life and our inheritance as baptized believers. There is a deeper zeal to go out and bring home the lost, and a recognition that unity in the body of Christ is not optional but is of the highest priority to the Lord.