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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Christian doctors to prescribe ‘spiritual healing’ for sickness
They will gather in Brisbane, Australia, as the city recovers from the devastating floods that hit the area earlier this year, to discuss ‘Spirituality in Medicine’

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (ANS) -- Christian doctors and medical professionals will be traveling from many different countries from around the world to prescribe “spiritual healing” as an answer to sickness in the 21st Century, during a unique conference in Brisbane, Australia from June 11-12, 2011

Two Australian doctors pictured at last year's gathering in Rome. They are helping to organize this year's conference in Brisbane

The doctors will examine actual case studies of miracles presented by various respected doctors as they search for evidence of Divine Healing at the 8th Annual International “Spirituality and Medicine” Conference to be held for two days at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Brisbane, Australia, is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia.

Earlier this year, Brisbane and others parts of Queensland was devastated by floods and besieged residents were forced to watch the monster river consume their homes and livelihoods and then had to confront the devastating destruction and putrid, tar-like sludge left by the receding waters.

The floods forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities in the state. At least seventy towns and over 200,000 people were affected. Three-quarters of the state of Queensland was declared a disaster zone

Participants at last year's WCDN conference
in Rome

But now, as the city and the area recovers from such devastation, it plans to welcome hundreds of Christian medics who will be examining data presented by their peers about “miracles” that they believe prove that God has intervened in impossible situations.

The event is being sponsored by the World Christian Doctors Network (WCDN), an interdenominational organization composed of Christian medical professionals from around the world who believe in divine healing.

“WCDN wants to motivate Christian medical professionals to reflect the love of Jesus Christ and to be a witness for Him in their professional life,” explained a spokesperson for the organization.

Chauncey W. Crandall IV, MD praying for a sick attendee in Rome

He went on to say, “Two thirds of medical schools in the US, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins, offer courses on spirituality and faith in their curriculums, largely because patients are demanding more spiritual care. According to a Newsweek poll, 84% of Americans said that praying for others can have a positive effect on their recovery.”

Along this line of thought, a group of Christian medical doctors started WCDN to tackle issues on spirituality in the context of the Christian medical practitioner, with its main intention of influencing and equipping Christian doctors “by sharing the goodness of Christ in the form of proclaiming the gospel principally through the healing ministry.”

Korean dancers will participate in Brisbane

As in all of their international conferences, the medical professions will be searching for cases of divine healing with verified medical evidence. Several of them will be making presentations and afterwards, their peers are then able to question them about whether this is a verifiable miracle or not.

“During the walk of Jesus here on earth, a major strategy He used to proclaim His Lordship was to heal the sick,” said the WCDN spokesperson. “It is our role as His expert witnesses to testify to the works of healing by the Power of God with verified medical data, therefore giving the glory to our Father God who is the Almighty and to Him who is the Healer, the Lord Jesus.”

Participants at this year’s conference include the following (partial listing):

Dr. Lachlan Dunjey

* Dr. Lachlan Dunjey, who has written numerous papers and articles and lectured extensively on the topics of depression, suicide prevention, counseling of the dying and bereaved, as well as child sexual abuse, prevention of infidelity, and coping and growing through stress. Lachlan has been active in the ethical and moral issues facing Australia since being President of Baptist Churches of Western Australia in 1989/90. These include: the defense of marriage and family, abortion, euthanasia – indeed all issues involving the intrinsic value of human life – and freedom of speech. In 2006 he set up Medicine With Morality, an organization uniting doctors across Australia to lobby members of parliament on life issues including cloning and euthanasia and the right to practice medicine according to conscience. He has also set up a Conscience in Medicine Declaration for Australian doctors. He is married to Liz and they are celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary this year. They have four adult children and 9 grandchildren.

Warwick Marsh

* Warwick Marsh, President of the Fatherhood Foundation. Warwick has been married to Alison since 1975 and they have five children aged between 14 and 26 years. Warwick is also on the board of Australian Heart Ministries (AHM), the Illawarra Pastors Network and is on the advisory board for Music-Oz. He is the convener for the National Prayer Council and an active committee member for the National Day of Thanksgiving in Australia. These are all community based nonprofit charitable organizations. Warwick’s background is in the building construction industry as an employer and employee. Warwick is a public speaker, writer, musician, minister, producer and TV director. He is a member of ACAN and the Australian independent Record Association. He was formerly vice president of the Wollongong FGBMFI from 1981-1990. Warwick was also the national coordinator and a founding board member for the Praise Corroboree 1996-98, an Aboriginal reconciliation prayer movement. In 1998 Warwick received the FOL Fatherhood of the Year Award and in 2001 was awarded a centenary medal by the Governor General for “service to musical leadership for youth and the Aboriginal community,” both in Australia and internationally.

Dr. Roberto Fernandez Viña speaking at a previous WCDN conference

* Dr. Roberto Fernandez Viña, a stem cell expert and specialist in Interventionist Cardiology at the Argentinian College of Interventionist Cardiologists. He is also a specialist in Ecography at the Medical College of the State of Buenos Aires and University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Viña is the President of the Science Advisory Board of the Repair Stem Cells Institute - Dallas & Hong Kong (2009) and has been an Honorary Professor of the University of Beijing, China (Since 2003). He was involved with the human implant of adult stem cells in the heart in America, and also in the first human implant of adult stem cells in the pancreas to treat Type Two Diabetes patients worldwide (2005). Dr. Viña’s impressive career also includes the first human implant of adult stem cells in the lung to treat COPD Congestive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients worldwide (2006), and is a Medical Associate of the Stem Cell Implant Program in China. He has also received the First Award of the Spanish Academy of Science at the Spanish Society of Cardiology Congress in 2006.

Doug Stanton

* Doug Stanton, an Australian minister who preaches, teaches and ministers the Gospel of Christ. His heart is to raise people up to their full potential and calling in Jesus Christ. This season in Doug's ministry is set aside to train and equip people to fulfill their God-given destiny. The DSMI Center is being set up as a rubber hits the road training and release center for the “Body of Christ”. Doug's ministry was birthed in revival fire.

There will also be music from local worship groups and a talented team of dancers, musicians and singers from Seoul, Korea, where WCDN is based.

To register for the conference, please go to:


Dan Wooding, 70, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 47 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. He now hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on KWVE in Southern California which is also carried on the Calvary Radio Network throughout the United States. The program is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 200 countries. You can follow Dan on Facebook under his name there or at ASSIST News Service. He is the author of some 44 books. Two of the latest include his autobiography, “From Tabloid to Truth”, which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, press this link. Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, has also recently released his first novel “Red Dagger” which is available this link.

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