I'll have to talk to my husband to see if he'd like to swing by. I took Friday off of work to go to Canandaigua to visit some of his friends and he would like to travel to Syracuse to visit his sister. Syracuse is about an hour away or so from Utica. Normally (with the price of gas and all)I wouldn't travel an hour out of the way for something I don't believe in but given that me, my husband and my sister-in-law are all skeptics, there might be an exception made. Saturday would be the best time to make it, but in a PM to Nathan I was told that the Saturday service best for us is from 2-over (other than the morning service time I was given), which would be kind of tight for us. Having no clue when over will be, I'm not too sure what will happen. It's really up to my hubby.
It would be interesting to see. I've never been to one before but I've seen many faith healers on youtube. They all seem to have their own gimmick and their own 'posse' if you will. I find faith healing to be kind of like a placebo effect. People show up, knowing this claimed faith healer will be doing healing, and in turn they get the feeling of being 'healed', go home and wake up the next morning with the same ailment that bothered them before they attended the faith healing.
not too sure if that's the right way of wording it, but in my mind a faith healer (and any pastor's) best weapon is his power of persuasion. Power of persuasion doesn't necessarily mean that anything was actually accomplished. I have a lot of questions for the person who was 'healed' when they wake up the next day.
The best way to study those who were 'healed' by faith healing is to 1) know what they suffered from before the faith healing, with documentation from an accredited medical practitioner in that specific field, 2) know their attitudes going into the faith healing session. Whether their attitude was a positive THIS PERSON WILL HEAL ME, negative, I DON'T THINK THIS PERSON CAN HEAL ME, or neutral, THIS PERSON MIGHT HEAL ME, and 3) follow up examinations from up to one minute, one week, to one year or longer by a medical professional.
Having said that I expect to see a lot of people believing this healer will do some healing, and as an eye witness without knowing the individuals who get 'healed', I'll be somewhat skeptical (unless, of course, I see a limb being grown back)