Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11

Healing Retreats

A Healing Retreat may be of benefit whether you are looking for the Lord to bring physical healing or help with emotional, identity struggles. The work of Ellel Ministries began with offering Healing Retreats to people in need of help and these free events are still at the heart of our ministry. The Bible brings us the life-giving message of hope that God is able and willing to meet all our needs, no matter how desperate they may seem. In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus quotes part of the Old Testament saying:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord's favour has come.

Luke 4:18-19

Jesus was aware that the human race was in desperate need of healing, with many people lost to Him or living in situations which felt like prisons. They were physically, emotionally and spiritually ill, or crushed on the inside as people, so that they had lost - or had never really found - their true identity. As Jesus spoke the above words He was declaring that He was the answer. That in Him, and through His love, people could find good news that would bring eternal life. They could receive the healing that would bring restoration, and the freedom to live a fulfilling life, serving Him and in relationship with Him.

2000 years later, the human race needs Jesus as much as in any other generation. The answer is still the same.... Jesus.  He has asked Christians, as His followers, to carry on the work which He started while He was on the earth; to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted and to release the captives.

What is a Healing Retreat?

Healing Retreats take place at all Ellel centres. A Healing Retreat is a special 2 day opportunity to receive personal prayer ministry. During a Retreat there are times of praise and worship, teaching sessions and opportunities to receive individual prayer ministry in a safe and loving environment. Each Retreat also includes personal time where guests have the opportunity to spend time alone with the Lord as they enjoy the beautiful, peaceful settings of Ellel Illinois. We have seen the Lord work in amazing ways through the whole experience of the Retreat - from the teaching to the ministry to the time spent in the grounds.

What is the teaching content?

During a Healing Retreat, the times of teaching cover biblical principles which are keys to receiving healing for body, soul and spirit.

Teaching will cover:

  • The importance of getting to the root of the problem
  • How we are made
  • Forgiveness
  • Acceptance
  • Understanding and knowing the Father Heart of God and His desire to heal, restore and fill us with His Holy Spirit
  • The importance of spiritual protection
  • The importance of making godly choices
  • How God enables us to walk on in victory

How much will it cost?

Ellel Ministries do not make any charge for Healing Retreats so that no-one is hindered from receiving help. There is an opportunity during the Retreat, or at any time, to make a free-will donation for those who want to support the ongoing work of Ellel Ministries.

How do I apply?

An application form for a Healing Retreat may be obtained by emailing After receiving an application we prayerfully consider the needs of the individual and will usually offer a place on a Healing Retreat. In some situations a Healing Retreat may not be considered to be the best way forward and alternative advice may be given.