Heidi Baker and a loved orphan
For believers, you can file this under: "tell us something we don't already know". I've been to Africa. I've witnessed the prayers. Of course prayer heals the sick. I've been in similar services in Canada and the US.
I've been in Heidi Baker meetings. She does more good in a year than most of us will do in our lifetimes. She is a saint.
Healing is best seen in the ministry of Jesus Christ. But, it is also seen, less perfectly, in the ministry of his followers. God is especially gracious among the poor and powerless who call on his name.
Having said this, healing services are not always immune to hype and/or exaggeration.
Lots of information at John Piipo's site, including all the links referenced below:
The India Times article says - "The power of prayer really can help cure the sick, according to a new study."
The UK Daily Mail article says: "Professor Brown said one subject, an elderly Mozambican woman named Maryam, initially reported that she could not see a person's hand with two upraised fingers from a distance of one foot.
A healing practitioner put her hand on Maryam's eyes, hugged her and prayed for less than a minute then held five fingers in front of her. Afterwards she was able to count them and even read the 20/125 line on a vision chart. A follow-up study by the researchers in Brazil revealed similar findings."
Candy is Prof. of Religious Studies at Indiana University.
The study will be available online Aug. 5 at http://journals.lww.com/smajournalonline/toc/publishahead.
In September, an interview with Brown will be available on the Southern Medical Journal website.John -- I'm not sure about those sunglasses, man.