Disabled barred from Hinn stage

No welcome for blind, crippled

Two busloads of people from the Fiji Disabled People’s Association who went to seek cures at the Benny Hinn [crusade] were all turned away from the stage on Sunday. One of them, a partially blind young man, felt sure that he would have his sight fully restored. But today he has only disappointment to show for his visit and his trust. And Roneel Singh, 20, is bitterly disappointed at the treatment he received at the hands of the Hinn’s security guards at the Post Fiji Stadium.

“While I was inside, I tried to go up on to the stage where Benny Hinn was just so I could get him to lay hands on me but to my surprise, the security guards shut the gates that led to the entrance to the stage,” he said.

He said the officials who were present with the sick and disabled people only chose those that they saw were already healed and sent them up to the stage so that Benny Hinn could show the crowd. Roneel said he was reprimanded by security guards when he wanted to go outside and buy some food.

“I was moving out of the space that was set aside for people who were sick and disabled when some security guards came up to me and told me that if I decided to go out, then I would not be allowed to go inside again because I did not hold a pass,” he said. He said he had to return inside because he had come with a crowd of people from the association.

Spokesman for Christian Mission Fellowship Manasa Kolivuso said there were misunderstandings between the security coordinators and apologised for their attitude. He also said he accepted full responsibility for the incidents that involved manhandling of some members of the public and media.

“The people who are saying that a list of names of the people who were healed had already been prepared in advance are the same people who did not want Benny Hinn to come to the country,” he said. He said people were entitled to their opinions but no one could stop them from bringing in the people they wanted.

“We can bring in people we like to bless the nation. Just because some people do not like Benny Hinn, it doesn’t mean they can stop us. Hinn is returning in June for a pastor’s conference and to preach to anybody who wants to hear. Signs and wonders will follow. He is not the healer, the healing comes from God.”

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Fiji Sun, Fiji
Jan. 24, 2006
Samantha Rina

Religion News Blog posted this on Wednesday January 25, 2006.
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