SINGAPORE – Catholics and other Christians packed Church of the Risen Christ for Robert Canton’s Healing Rally during the evenings of Feb 16-17. The rally was organised by the Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE).

The large inter-denominational turnout prompted SACCRE chairman Peter Hung to note that God heals everyone – Christians and non-Christians – who surrender themselves to His love.

Joyce Wong, a Baptist, attended the rally with her Catholic friend Cara and Cara’s godmother, Florence. "I can see there’s unity whether you’re Protestant or Catholic," Joyce said. Cara said the experience made her feel very blessed. "I can see the whole church was quite united and I could actually feel the Spirit," Cara added.

Peter Hung, Chairman of the Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE) which organised the rally agrees. "God heals everyone," he said.

There was talk of healings and cures among some of those present.

Theresa Tan from Church of the Holy Family was one of those who said she had been healed of her pain in her leg. "Thank God for His blessings and for leading me here," she said.

The rally attracted a group from Kuching, Sarawak. One of the group, Christina Eng, shared with the congregation that she had been at one of Mr Canton’s healing rallies where a boy’s broken bone was healed. The cast was taken off the next day even though the doctor had said the boy’s bone needed a year to mend, she told the congregation. "I’m sure Bob (Canton) is going to do some amazing things," Ms Eng added.

But Mr Canton said, "I’m not a healer. Jesus is the healer. I can pray for healing. I’m a poor instrument of His love and healing power."

Mr Canton is a Council Member of the Vatican-based International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) and represents the English-speaking members in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. He is also founder of Robert Canton Ministries, a non-profit organisation "whose aim is to evangelise the entire world through teaching, preaching, and healing in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ". He travels frequently and extensively to speak at conventions and conferences, and to conduct retreats and seminars.

This is the second time Mr Canton has held a healing rally in Singapore. The first was in 1997 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium where an estimated 12,000 people attended.

-By Darren Boon

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