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20.3.05

For those who celebrate Easter and aren't Greek Orthodox, I have a Palm Sunday story for you...

Woman Leaves Healing Service Without Walker
Thousands Show Up To Seek Cure From Faith Healer
WESTLAKE, Ohio -- They came by the thousands to see Dr. Issam Nemeh, a 50-year-old Bay Village medical doctor who many say heals through prayer, not conventional medicine.

It was another marathon healing service for the doctor at St. Bernadette's Church in Westlake Saturday night into Sunday morning. More than 4,000 people gathered from 9 p.m. until 8:30 a.m.

Police said parking lots were full and congested as the hopeful arrived attended the service.

That's why 72-year-old Margaret Sobocinski came hours early. She was number 5,085 last weekend at St. Peter and Paul Church in Garfield Heights. And she was determined to be seen Saturday night. She wanted to be able to walk without her walker.

Nemeh prayed over her a the service.

"He started praying over me and I felt like I was going to pass out. I felt myself getting weak. He touched my spine in the problem areas, and he asked if I'm feeling better and I said yes," Sobocinski said.

And she walked out of the service without her walker.

Since NewsChannel5's Ted Henry's story about what goes on at these so-called faith healings aired, thousands have flocked to see Nemeh.

What goes on here, to some, appears to defy explanation. For others, it's nothing more than just a feeling of hope.

While the church does not authenticate what happens at these healings, there is a feeling that medicine can be helped by prayer.

The next service is scheduled for April 3 at St. Ignatius High School. However, there are talks of moving the service to the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University. It can hold up to 18,000 people.

From here.

This guy has been doing this for years without any media fanfare. The media finally picks up on it, and this guy's life hasn't been the same. Around this time of year (for Catholics who follow the wrong calendar, heh) it seems particularly appropriate.

6 Comments:

  • At 6:57 PM, Blogger laura d said…

    and how come the catholic calendar is wrong? i'm a bit confused.

     
  • At 10:19 AM, Anonymous jason (b) said…

    ugh..."faith" healers. Such a shady scam. I'm a natural cynic and a born again athiest, so I just can't bring myself to give this kind of thing any credit at all.

    I guess some people will flock to any crutch they can put hope in.

    Like your site though. Have to remember to add your RSS feed to Firefox. You are in Cleveland? I've been there a couple times (2001 & '02 for the CART race and 2003 on my way up to Montreal on a road trip). Has the Flats area recovered much since 2003? in '02 it was packed and quite busy but in '03 is was pretty barren. Looked like the economy had hitten it pretty hard.

     
  • At 9:42 AM, Blogger Me said…

    Jason, Nope, the Flats area is still more or less dead. It's not the economy as much as it's problems it had, and then the Warehouse District opening. That's where you should ahve been. :)

     
  • At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jason,
    yeah. Cleveland has hit the bottom a little bit. Probably why God sent Dr. Nemah here. People said the same things back in the days of Jesus Christ. "what a scam" It was those fools who ended up sending Him to His death. That is why it is called faith. Believing in something that is too hard for the human mind to comprehend. It is harder to do that then to believe in nothing at all! Using faith as a crutch you say? You're saying, these people would rather spend enless hours praying, standing in line, giving money to charities, living a life of goodwill, sleepless nights to go to to the local church for adoration, rosary after rosary. These aren't easy tasks. And this is thier crutch? Or maybe in your heart, you don't really understand, but you want to. We all feel something, God doesn't just abandon us in our time of despair, and you are certainly in yours. As, strong as you think you may be, you will reach for him at some point in your life, and I will pray for you and for others out there like you. God bless you all.

     
  • At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am leary of faith healers. Jesus healed everyone one not just some of them through the grace of God. In other words God worked through him. Jesus also did not charge the people $250 or any money to do it. Healing is meant as a miracle to prove instill faith. Jesus like Moses and other were given these gifts to prove that God sent them to speak on his behalf. None of Gods books speak of any others coming like them in our time other then the Messiah Jesus Christ who will desend from the heavens all 3 major religions groups believe the same thing as far as his return from heaven in the same body he left in while there are sects of the religions who differ. What it does say is that the will be many false profits in these days and that the Anti-christ will come and he will perform the same mircles as Jesus healing the sick making the blind see, raising the dead but it will all be illusion. First he will say he is a profit, next he will say he is Jesus and finally he will say he is God. I also say judge them by their works. So I would have to say that at the least they are a scam and at worst a demon. God can heal you through your own pray and faith you don't need an intersary. God already proved to the world he was real and many people that say with their own eye still chose the dark side so why would he send more if you don't believe in God your a fool or you do actually believe and actually follow satan which is a lot more common that people are lead to believe. The whole world will know the truth when Jesus returns but many will still chose to follow the dark one either by choice or because of contract they already made in exchange for worldly talent or riches. The truth is much stranger than fiction.

    Blessings,
    Jennie

     
  • At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I wonder if Dr. Nemeh is a scam since he charges for people to go to his meetings! I know they talk about all their costs and those that help them having to pay them but Jesus never charged AND if people were so dedicated to the suffering of others would not they volunteer their time? Also, some very serious questions are emailed to them with them never replying to the email. I know they are busy but they would find time if they really cared about the suffering of others especially when it's someone the doctors can not help!! I am not talking about if Jesus heals or not now but I am talking about if Dr Nemeh really has the gift of healing!! People have been known to fake something and then claim to be healed which I don't know that is the case with Dr. Nemeh or not. Maybe he replies to just certain people. I don't know.

     

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