DAVENPORT -- Seeing people get out of wheelchairs, healed from physical afflictions, at a healing seminar years ago in the Houston Astrodome, stretched spectators' imaginations.
John Scheetz, 75, of Bettendorf, was one of them.
The seminar led him to become a credentialed City of Light Hunter Healing Ministries practitioner. The ministry is named in honor of founders Charles and Frances Hunter, of Texas.
The ministry is led by their daughter, Joan Hunter, after the 2009 death of her mother and 2010 death of her father. Her parents spent nearly 40 years leading "healing explosions," where they prayed for the sick and taught Christians about the ministry of healing, according to cf.hunter.org.
Charles and Frances Hunter also wrote more than 50 books about divine healing, including "How to Heal the Sick," a bestseller that Mr. Scheetz endorses.
It's among tools he uses at the "How to Heal the Sick" healing school training program at River of Life Church,4855 Forest Grove Drive, Bettendorf. The interdenominational program started earlier this month and will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. For information, call 563-340-2400.
"We all have the power to do this," Mr. Scheetz said. "It's just Jesus flowing through you."
Each of us can rely on the miracles of Jesus by opening our hearts to Him and getting rid of all the ritual and ceremony, he said.
Mr. Scheetz, wearing a well-worn sweatshirt embossed with "John 3:16," referring to a famous ''For God So Loved the World, He Gave His Only Son," verse, also showed a book written by friends and colleagues Terry and Terri Sipes. It features prayers people can use for myriad afflictions.
"How hard can it be to put your hands on someone's head and read a prayer from a book," Mr. Scheetz said, adding that what it takes "is called obedience."
"God has to give you a sense of direction to do this," Mr. Scheetz said. "Can you go up to somebody and say 'Do you know Jesus is your Lord and Savior?' It's a flowing of the Holy Spirit and it's all in the name of Jesus.
"It was the Holy Spirit who put in Frances Hunter's heart, at the age of 88, to rent the Houston Astrodome for that healing seminar."
Texas newspapers described people seeing sparks coming four to six inches out of her fingertips as she prayed for and healed people, Mr. Scheetz said. "How can you describe such an experience?"
"It is part of God's plan to use Christ to heal people," said Dr. James R. Campbell, who leads a weekly series on St. Paul's Epistles at the Center for Active Seniors Inc., also known as CASI.
"John's one of my students who has been able to apply Christ's teachings, using all that God our Father has given him -- the power and wisdom," Dr. Campbell said. "It takes three steps -- Our faith, God's Faith with the work of the Trinity and trust in what the written Scriptures tell us. Healing is possible as a result."
Mr. Scheetz admits it doesn't happen all the time, but it's amazing when it does. He recalled once praying for devils and demons to be cast out of a woman, and how the woman, a former nun, rejected the idea she had demons, but was healed of her afflictions after prayers were said.
He also remembered a woman who broke a knee in a volleyball accident, but after healing hands were placed on her, she was able to walk away without crutches. Another man diagnosed with pancreatic cancer discovered his cancer went into remission after a healing, Mr. Scheetz said.
Sure, he's met many doubters, and said he "has been ostracized by so many ministers who don't want anyone to be greater than they are. But if the Holy Spirit tells me to do this, I will follow."
Hunter Ministries taught him that '"the way and how we pray makes a big difference."
Mr. Scheetz described himself as a child of God, when asked for his job title, and said the tools of his trade are his "hands and the guidance of Jesus."
It's something anyone can learn to do, Dr. Campbell said.
"No one has any more Christ in them than anyone else," he said. "It also takes people who want to be healed and believe they are going to be healed."