One of the largest medical centers in America is the “Cancer Research Center”. These centers are one of medical science’s strenuous labors to bring physical healing to those suffering from illnesses. Ironically, the Chicago center is located a stone’s throw from John Alexander Dowie’s home in Zion, Illinois – a city that was founded on divine healing. Not to take away from what these fine doctors are accomplishing, but I say that it is ironic that this center was placed in this location. It is like the devil shaking his fist at God and having the last laugh! But we’ve read the back of the “Book” and we know Who has the last laugh!
Today, I am thinking about ‘healing homes’. If there are any in existence in the United States today, I am not familiar with them. We need to have some opened. We have ‘healing rooms’, but we also need ‘healing homes’.
Here is a short history of healing homes:
1851 : Dorothea Trudel healed several colleagues of hers in Mannedorf, Switzerland, by way of prayer and anointing with oil. She went on to found several faith-healing centers (‘faith homes’), using the same methods plus close attention to living a Christian way of life.
1864: Charles Culles, a physician opened a home for people with tuberculosis, the homeless, hopeless and dying. He added three more homes. Over the door of each was a sign which read: “Have Faith In God”. These were primarily medical treatment homes and shelters, but in 1870 God began to deal with him about praying for the sick. He had great success and went on to open a cancer home, a spinal home, an orphanage, a workers’ home, a mission, a chapel and a Faith Training College.
1867: Otto Stockmayer, Switzerland. He was healed himself under the ministry of Samuel Zeller, and he opened a home in addition to wroting a book about faith healing.
1882: Carrie Judd-Montgomery. Healed after a fall which left her an invalid and in excruciating pain if even a blanket touched her. Her father, hearing of the preaching of Sarah Mix on the subject of healing, arranged prayed on a specific day and time for Carrie. She was healed and went on to open a healing home called, “Faith Rest Cottage” in her hometown of Buffalo, NY.
Early 1880’s: Lucy Drake Osborn. She had tuberculosis and an incurable brain tumor. Being healed in answer to the prayer of faith by Charles Culles in one of his healing homes, she went on to found Faith Home For Incurables in Brooklyn.
1890’s: John Alexander Dowie, Chicago-Zion, Illinois. Dr. Dowie opened his own home to those who were coming to his healing meetings from great distances and had nowhere to stay. As people began to be healed, a second and third healing home was opened to care for and minister to those coming in need of healing.
Since the time of Dowie and the beginning of Pentecostal denominations, the healing home movement has faded. John G. Lake, whose dying brother and sister were healed under Dowie’s ministry, opened ‘healing rooms’ where people would come daily for prayer. These have been reopened in the last several years.
It is time to see some ‘healing homes’ reopened also.
Do you hear the call?