Healing ministry comes to Command Center

Jun 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Community
Healing Ministry

Several pastors joined in prayer and communion on Lake Borgne. Shown from left: Pastors Craig Ratliff from Celebration Church of St. Bernard, Jimmy Jeffries from The Refuge Church, Keith Stone from Healing Place Ministries, Derek Buchert of The Assembly Of God Church and John Jeffries from First Baptist Church on the far right. Photo by Jen Belsom

Five local churches recently took part in what they called a “healing ministry” at the St. Bernard Parish Command Center in Hopedale. Pastors Derek Buchert of The Assembly Of God Church, John Jeffries from First Baptist Church of Chalmette, Jimmy Jeffries from The Refuge Church, Keith Stone from Healing Place Ministries and Craig Ratliff from Celebration Church of St. Bernard visited oil response operations to show their support in this time of crisis. The pastors took a boat ride in Lake Borgne to bless the waters and partake in communion and prayer.

The pastors said they met with President Craig Taffaro, a few weeks ago who welcomed their offer to give the blessing.

“We did this as a divine intervention of faith,” Pastor Jeffries said.

Three boats launched from Breton Sound Marina with communion and salt. They poured the salt over the water citing the following Scripture passage: “Then He went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, ‘This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’ And the water has remained wholesome to this day…”

Those present took Communion and the leftover Communion was spread on the water as a blessing, followed by a prayer from each pastor.

Taffaro thanked the pastors for their support and prayers. “We’re grateful for the ecumenical support and recognize the importance of divine assistance through this crisis,” he said.

Future prayer services and Sunday church services at the Command Center will be made available to those who are interested in the near future.

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