A Ministry Day will be of benefit, whether you need physical healing, struggle with emotional issues or recognize a spiritual problem. The work of Ellel Ministries began with offering 3-day Healing Retreats to people in need of help and these free events are still at the heart of our ministry. Due to restrictions with our current facilities at Ellel USA in Florida we cannot offer these 3-day Healing Retreats but offer Ministry Days instead.
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:
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 Ministry Day?
A Ministry Day is a special 1 day opportunity to receive personal prayer ministry. There are times of praise and worship, short teaching sessions and opportunities to receive individual prayer ministry in a safe and loving environment. Each Ministry Day also includes personal time where delegates have the opportunity to spend time alone with the Lord as they enjoy the beautiful, peaceful settings of the Ellel center. We have seen the Lord work in amazing ways - from the teaching to the ministry to the time spent in the grounds.
What is the teaching content?
Prior to attending a Ministry Day you will be sent a set of CD's with some introductory teaching. The purpose of this teaching is to help prepare you for your Ministry Day and to encourage you to seek the Lord about some of the deeper areas that may be affecting your life. Then, when you arrive for your Ministry Day there will be three short teaching sessions throughout the day covering biblical principles which are key to receiving healing for body, soul and spirit.
What will the times of prayer involve?
Your time for prayer ministry is time for you to be real - to share your heart and your struggles with your ministry team. It is a safe, loving environment where there will be no judgement or criticism. Personal sharing and prayer ministry often includes time talking and praying through any relevant areas of forgiveness, repentance and inviting Jesus to be Lord. It may also include recognizing the work of the enemy in our lives and overcoming it in Jesus name.
The purpose of a Ministry Day is to bring God's love and healing power into your life and to help you to move closer to Him in relationship. Of course, it is not usually possible to deal with a life-time of problems all at once, but the aim is rather to facilitate a significant step forward in your Christian journey - often a breakthrough in some area. Your personal needs and the guidance of the Holy Spirit will assist the team in knowing what to pray about. There is also time for personal reflection.
Who are the ministry team members?
All those who minister with Ellel Ministries are committed mature Christians who have a heart to apply - from their experience and training - God's love, healing and restoration according to the principles of the Kingdom of God. They are carefully trained and evaluated by Ellel Ministries over a period of time prior to being released to minister under the supervision of the Ellel Ministries center Ministry Manager.
It should be noted that members of the ministry teams are not required to have secular qualifications and are not professionals. Some are pastors or church leaders or have accreditation with other Christian organizations. The ministry teams work in groups of two or three. At least one ministry team member will be the same sex as the person seeking help.
Is it confidential?
Yes. What is confided, both on the application form and during prayer ministry, will be kept in strictest confidence. Application forms and personal details will be kept locked and secure. We will not release any details to anyone without your written permission, unless obliged to do so by law.
What are the results?
God works in different ways with different people. For some there is an immediate testimony of significant changes and for others the change is more progressive and continued over months or even years after their Ministry Day. Nearly everyone testifies to increased faith, strength and hope. For some, deep levels of pain may begin to be touched for the first time, which initially can result in being more aware of the pain, but God never does more than we can cope with. You will receive advice and encouragement about the way forward.
Will it solve all my problems?
None of us can say what Jesus will do in your life during the Ministry Day. For some people there is powerful experience of healing, but for most people healing is a process, which means a continuing walk with God.
How much will it cost?
Ellel Ministries do not make any charge for Ministry Days so that no-one is hindered from receiving help. We do invite those coming on a Ministry Day to donate whatever they can towards meeting the costs, whether much or little. Most people make a donation or sometimes their church might do so on their behalf. The cost of putting on a Ministry Day is higher than the cost of a training course because food and accommodation for the ministry team also have to be covered.
Where and how is an application made?
An application form for a Ministry Day may be obtained by phoning or writing to your nearest Ellel Ministries centre. After receiving an application we prayerfully consider the needs of the individual and will usually offer a place on a Ministry Day. In some situations a Ministry Day may not be considered to be the best way forward and alternative advice may be given.
How do I prepare for a Ministry Day?
We are only able to offer one Ministry Day per person. For this reason, it is very important that you get the most out of your day. We would recommend that you consider taking advantage of some of the wide range of Ellel foundational teaching first, which will provide excellent preparation for your Ministry Day and will enable you to get the most out of it. As a guide, Ellel 365 - our online training program and/or the Audio Modular School are particularly suitable as preparation for a Ministry Day, as well as any Training Course on the subject that you know is a problem area for you.
How long is the waiting list?
We try to offer people a place on a Ministry Day as soon as possible but due to high demand, the waiting list can be several months long. However, we have cancellation places which we offer to people who can come at short notice. When the completed application form is received, you will usually be sent details of any Training Courses that the team feel would help you in preparing for a Ministry Day.
Do people come on their own?
Most people come on their own. Occasionally a carer is needed, in which case we may invite someone like a pastoral worker, spouse or friend to attend the day with you, to act in a supportive role during the meals, teaching and free time. The carer will not normally participate in ministry sessions, or receive prayer for themselves. Carers are asked to pay towards accommodation and food costs.
What is the next step after the Ministry Day?
We recommend committed involvement with a local church and encourage you to receive ongoing pastoral care and ministry wherever this is available and appropriate. Those praying with you will discuss the next step for you and may suggest Ellel 365 – our online training program and/or suitable Training Courses that would be beneficial for you.