I am the Webmaster of NCCG.ORG, as well as the founder of New Covenant Ministries with responsibility for congregations in Sweden and abroad. What many of our readers probably don't know is that I was trained as a Biochemist at Oxford University, England, where I obtained my Masters Degree as well as subsequently becoming qualified as a Systems Analyst (The National Centre for Information Technology & British Computer Society, London) and Business Computing (BTT, Slough). Until 1997, when I entered the ministry full-time, I was an educator in Oxford, England, where I was principal of St.Albans College, and head of ITC at an international school in Oslo, Norway.
I have always had a keen interest in biology, medicine and health, but more so since 1997 when I suffered a collapse at work as a result of a near complete physical burnout and was eventually diagnosed as suffering from Fibromyalgia. This is an illness which has only recently been recognised as bona fide by medical establishments around the world.
The first six months of treatment, during which I was prescribed almost every kind of pain-killer, anti-inflammatory agent, and anti-depressive drug, was a disaster. It resulted in severe poisoning of my liver, minor heart problems, stomach ulcers, and a severely depressed immune system. Things were not made any easier by the fact that the first physician to treat me did not believe I was actually ill and ordered me back to work after a few months of sick leave. In desperation, I changed doctors until finally, after visits to specialists in Norway and (later) England, a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia was absolutely confirmed. The range of drugs I had been taking were reduced and the quantities cut back. But the damage had already been done. For several months I was little more than a vegetable, in constant pain, and unable to lie down and therefore sleep properly. I would awake every 20-30 minutes in agony. I lost iron so quickly because of the stomach ulcers caused by anti-imflammatory drugs like Arthrotec and Brufen that I could barely walk a few yards before falling down in exhaustion.
Taking advice from friends, I tried a number of alternative remedies, using conventional drugs only to control the muscle inflammation and pain when it became chronic and unbearable. The inflammation extended over most of my body and spread from my back and shoulders to my arms, hips and legs as a result of all the medication and being bed-laden for so many months. I would awaken with my arms, hands, and legs completely numb in addition to the pain. Every minor infection, like common colds, magnified the pain exponentially, and the occasions on which I caught influenza were life-threatening and critical, sending me to hospital on one occasion. I was a most miserable person.
None of the alternative remedies, which included green algae reputed to have healing properties and generously donated by a friend, helped in the least. Psychomotoric physiotherapy helped me regain mobility again after much treatment but did nothing for the pain levels or the inflammation which was its cause. The pain-killers like Brufen simply aggravated the stomach ulcers, causing more iron loss and weakness.
Until 1997, when I collapsed, had my condition recognised and was finally treated, I had been a highly active educator, pastor and family man. All of that abruptly ended. The forced rehabilitation did at least allow me to develop this webpage, NCCG.ORG, was was largely created during the first years of my recouperation - a little each day, increasing as I began to regain energy and to start the healing process thanks to a little miracle fruit.
Now I admit freely that I am my own worst enemy. Not undeservedly I am known as a workaholic, not because it is a pathological compulsion, but because I am aware of the urgency of the work that needs to be done in these last days before Yah'shua (Jesus) returns. There are souls to be won for Him, and even more to be properly discipled and helped away from the tidal wave of false teachings that are sweeping Christendom into the abyss. There is a desperate urgency to get the Word out. So I have worked too hard during my convalescence - a fraction of what I had been used to before my physical breakdown, but too much nonetheless. For every ten steps of recovery I made (which was painfully slow), there was a going down of nine steps owing to both work for this website as well as other stresses, not least of which was the devastation caused by drastically cut finances owing to the loss of work, opposition and threats to the ministry, and other factors.
The support I received from the state was half of what we had been accustomed to living off before, and that had always been modest. (Educators are always badly paid). Never having enough money, therefore, to meet basic needs, and freezing in winter in a sub-arctic climate because we could not afford fuel, relying on occasional donations, and gargantuan struggles with the tax authorities with the debts that followed, all added to the stress of my situation. And Fibromyalgia, as you may know, is largely a stress-induced disease. Managing NCCG, NCCG.ORG, continuing in my deliverance ministry, writing materials and books, editing magazines, and so forth, certainly didn't help either, even though all of this was done from home.
I do, of course, know that my Heavenly Father has seen me to the point where I am today. But I also know that without His leading to a certain natural remedy that I might well be invalided today. Some way into the illness I happened by "chance" to get to know and befriend a retired Pentecostal minister who brought my attention to a little known tropical fruit called Morinda citrifolia, otherwise known as Taihitian Noni Juice, about which I wish to fully inform all of those who are reading this page in the articles that follow.
Though sceptical of "wonder medicines" on account of there being so many fakes and quacks about, I was nevertheless interested by the extensive medical research that had been done on this particular fruit, the rigorous quality control, and above all the impressive results. So I accepted some free samples and put it to the test.
Now I am not, unfortunately, one of those of the 65-88% bracket who have experienced incredible healing of some 101 known ailments, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and numerous other terrible conditions, over a very short period of time. The stories of Noni juice's healing properties are not just impressive but overwhelming. They have to be read to be believed. Now had I become complete sedentary and not carried on working, I might well be well on the way to full healing by now. That I am not is, I know, largely my own fault. But I can say this: Noni juice has gone a long way in detoxifying me and causing sufficient cell repair to enable me to meet the challenges which faced me at the end of 2001 when 32 congregations were added to NCCG/BCAY and a further two at the beginning of 2002. I am much better than I was, and noticeably so.
Created on 11 March 2002
Updated on 2 October 2010
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