Hundreds flock as famous healing pastor visits Gladstone
VISITING South African evangelist Deon Hockey has drawn more than 500 people to Gladstone's Port City Christian Church over the past few days.
He is known as a faith healer, using words of prayer to heal people's physical ailments.
It is his third visit to Gladstone in as many years, and while Pastor Hockey's promotional material doesn't claim he heals people, his reputation as a healer is well-known among the faithful.
Some people walk in not believing while others have unwavering faith, but they all go in the hope of seeing a miracle performed.
Port City Christian Church Pastor James Hewitt said Pastor Hockey brought with him a clear message of hope for those in need.
"He teaches very well, he teaches the truth and it is not watered down - people like to hear the truth," Pastor Hewitt said.
"When everything is failing around you it is important to still be able to find peace."
Pastor Hewitt said people come to Gladstone for many different reasons.
"Some people come to Gladstone and don't find the pot of gold they were looking for," he said.
"It's not just material goods though, people are looking for something a lot deeper."
On Monday night more than 30 people came forward to share their stories of physical pain.
The congregation was joined in prayer for each individual, from a man who had knee pain for four years, a lady with stomach ulcers and a teenager with back pain.
The healing hands of Pastor Hockey floated over each individual's pain area for less than a minute, then all of them claimed their pains were gone.
Pastor Hockey will again speak at the Port City Christian Church on Thursday and Friday at 7pm.
Entry is free, but collections of donations will be taken.
RICHARD Morris can only describe his experience as "a miracle".
He had surgery on his shoulder two weeks ago at a Brisbane hospital and was told to wear a sling for six weeks.
But on Monday night he ripped the sling off after a healing session with evangelist Pastor Deon Hockey.
"The shoulder joint got really hot; as soon as the singing started it began to feel okay," he said.
"I was pushing on where the incision is and I couldn't feel pain, it just felt numb ... it's hard to explain.
"If it's not a miracle what is it?"
Mr Morris said people needed to be open-minded to new experiences and possibilities.
No religion, 24%
Uniting Church, 6.5%
Presbyterian and Reformed, 4.8%