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Our Story

Called and Chosen to Heal and Rebuild

01 January 2020

 

The Vision

Raphah Ministries is a Christian healing and discipleship organization on a mission to engage the Body of Christ in rediscovering the validity and necessity of prayer counselling, healing and restoration to biblical wholeness as an essential aspect of Body life and pastoral care.

We believe that divine health and wholeness is God’s will and desire for every believer who appropriates the finished work of the Cross of Calvary, and who willingly submits to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of his or her life.

In line with this belief, our vision is to see local churches and Christian ministries equipped and empowered with a practical, effective, wholistic and transferrable model of prayer counselling and healing ministry which provides appropriate biblical resources, tools, and skills to assess, diagnose, and pray healing into the root causes and consequences of the many unresolved personal and spiritual conflicts, issues and challenges faced by believers.

 

The Beginnings

The ministry had its beginnings in a local prayer support group, and grew out of the desire of its members to establish a training and ministry centre where believers could come and receive teaching, be equipped, and empowered to serve the Body of Christ in the area of prayer counselling and healing ministry.

Based at Raphah Centre PJ, within the Pusat Dagangan NZX, Ara Jaya, Raphah Ministries operates out of 3 Centres: 2 in Petaling Jaya and another in Ipoh City. Oversight of the organization and Centres is served by a Council and two Management Teams comprising members from different congregations.

Raphah Ministries is also a registered member of the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) of Malaysia.

 

The Journey

Birthed after 9 years of monthly meetings and prayers by its founders, Raphah Ministries first opened its doors to believers 17 years ago; a long time by any measure. Along the way, the organization underwent several changes: change of name, change of leadership, change of location; to name just a few.

For all involved in the work, these 17 years have been a meaningful and fulfilling time, with much to celebrate and give thanks to God for. But it would not have accomplished such a remarkable journey if not for one key factor: God’s clear CALLING and EMPOWERMENT!

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain.” (John 15:16 NKJV)

God chose and set apart a diverse group of ordinary believers to found an extraordinary ministry. He then gave them a challenging mission: to heal the broken-hearted and to rebuild the ruined lives of His people; ruined through the hurts, humiliations, horrors, abuses, woundings and destructive choices of generations past and present.

Looking back, it has not always been an easy task or pleasant experience ministering to the broken-hearted, the rejected, the abused, the tormented, the spiritually bound.

Many of those in need, and who sought help from Raphah Ministries, were often full of themselves: desiring healing and relief from their situations, but at the same time not desperate, eager, willing or ready to make the necessary lifestyle changes or godly choices that would bring them to their desired healing.

This has made the task of ministering healing and restoration to wholeness in Christ all the more difficult, challenging and often long-drawn.

Disappointments, frustrations, exasperations, struggles, and the like, were common in the prayer counselling environment; often testing the patience and stretching the perseverance of the well-intentioned prayer counselling volunteers.

But thanks be to God, despite the challenges—and the many difficult counsellees—God worked patiently and graciously by His mighty hand to train, build and strengthen the organization through its long journey!

The fruit of the ministry we see today: the broken-hearts healed, the dysfunctional lives rebuilt, the hopes restored, the testimonies shared; these have come at the price of obedience, commitment and faithfulness exemplified by so many Raphah associates over the course of the years.

“You shall be named the priests of the LORD, they shall call you the servants of our God.” (Isaiah 61:6 NKJV)

It is not because of human knowledge, might, power, skill or intelligence that Raphah Ministries is what it is today: it is wholly and completely a work of His Spirit!

The volunteers in Raphah Ministries are but the human vessels through which He, our Yahweh Raphah, is working out His will in the healing of nations and generations.

Raphah Ministries is indeed honoured to be called “priests of the LORD” and “servants of our God,” for this is the role the organization plays when it comes alongside those in need of healing, rebuilding and restoration.

While thankful and grateful for the invaluable experience of the past 17 years, we also believes that the journey ahead is going to be even more engaging, more exciting, more fruitful and rewarding, and where we will see an acceleration of His power, authority and glory made manifest!

But we we accomplished to-date we did not do alone: God provided faithful friends, partners and supporters who identified with the vision and stood with the Raphah Team in prayer and financial support, to ensure that the healing and rebuilding of lives did not stumble for lack of provision. To them we owe a debt of love and gratitude.

 

The Future

Looking ahead, our prayer is that our God, having called and chosen us to a noble task and ministry - when He returns - will find us faithful at work in our task of healing hearts and rebuilding lives.

To Him be the Glory always!

 

THE RAPHAH TEAM