It has not been a good time for Canadian faith healers.
Not only did Abbotsford’s tattooed Todd Bentley leave his controversial Florida healing ministry last month over a scandal about a woman and his aggressive style, another big-name B.C.-based faith healer has also suddenly stopped his ministry. Len Lindstrom of Kelowna says he’s not going to church and has turned his marketing skills to stock promoting.
Sun colleague David Baines wrote a remarkable column on the weekend about former internationally known faith healer Lindstrom, who was based in Kelowna, B.C. In his day Lindstrom has claimed to be the vehicle for healing people all over Western Canada and the world, including lepers and the blind in Africa. The head of World Harvest Ministry also talked about healing the mother of Canadian aboriginal leader Matthew Coon Come.
But this month Lindstrom told Baines he no longer attends church and is putting his efforts into Liberty International Mineral Corp., which is active in Liberia and which he has said may open the doors for Christian philanthropy in Africa. At one point in his ministry Lindstrom claimed 125,000 Liberians came to one of his events, breaking down the fence barriers to come to the Lord. While Lindstrom doesn’t deny the reality of healing through faith, it’s clear he is putting his sales skills into other corporate priorities.