Ode to Joao Teixeira de Faria, better known as “Joao de Deus” or “John of God”

At a time where the world seems to be going completely crazy: from the beheading of innocent people by ISIS fanatics in the Middle East and the atrocities committed by Boko Haram in Africa to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, I thought it was about time to focus on and write about something positive.

As I just finished spending two weeks in Abadiania, Brazil where the world famous medium Joao de Deus does his jaw dropping healing work, I wanted to seize the opportunity to write about this incredible man.

I am not here to write about faith based healing, or what God can or cannot do. I am also not here to challenge your belief system about miracles and alternative methods of healing. No, not at all! But after spending two weeks in an environment of healing, I simply want to talk about the unbelievable impact one single man can have.

I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at age 16 with cancer of the lymph nodes, also known as Hodgkin’s disease. My battle lasted some three years. I had surgeries, radiation-, and chemotherapies. I “won”. I was officially proclaimed cured almost 25 years ago. I was released back into the world to lead a “normal” life.

Although, after such an experience, there is no “normal” life anymore; there cannot be. Surviving cancer taught me that there is much, much more than meets the eye. The question of why I survived and some other’s did not, has not let go of me since. So, since then, I have been studying the body-mind-spirit connection and trying to find out if I could pierce the veil and look behind what is hidden to the naked eye.

And this is where the medium Joao de Deus, which means John of God in English, comes into play. Joao Teixeira de Faria was born into a simple family on June 24th, 1942 as the youngest of six children. He only was able to finish second grade, as he had to leave school and start work to help support his family. Joao has problems and shortcomings and is faced with challenges like any other human being. Joao actually never finished school, still not knowing how to read or write until this day.

At age nine he had his first mediumship experience and from then onwards he dedicated his life to curing and healing people. As a medium, benevolent spirits utilize his body – one at a time – to perform extraordinary acts of healing, which includes both physical and psychic surgeries or interventions, as they are now referred to. When Joao is acting as a host, he is referred to as Joao de Deus. He is an “unconscious” medium, because he has no memory of what he does when he is a host to an entity.

In his over sixty years as a medium he has helped millions of people to get healed from cancer and blindness to AIDS and mental diseases. Despite his incredible success rate and all the attention he gets, he has helped Oprah, Dr. Wayne Dwyer, the president of Brazil, and Paul Simon, just to name a few, he continues to humbly say that “it is God who heals and not I”.

I bow my head to a man, a man from a very humble background, who, despite his tough upbringing and a life filled with opposition, challenges, persecution and jealousy, stood firm to his beliefs. Giving people hope. Giving the seemingly “written-off” a second chance. Creating a universe where the sick and the wounded but also the lost and the confused could come to and seek refuge.

Irrespective of how he feels, he shows up at the Casa de Dom Inacio, the place of healing he created in 1976, where he sees up to 3,000 seekers of help per day.

His work has attracted an army of healers, helpers, mediums and light bearing volunteers. Everything that has been built, the whole operation actually, is based on donations! Let me repeated it, just to make sure: Joao does his work for free!!

If the world had more people like Joao, the world most certainly would be a better place. Joao gives me hope. He shows me that one single man can indeed have a positive impact and make a huge difference in the world.

My hope is that through this article more people will learn about him and that his work will get spread even more so that more people can benefit from his healing and work.

May he continue to remain healthy and in good spirit so that he can carry on his work for many, many years to come. May his light shine bright and strong and his love be passed on to millions more.

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7 Responses to “Ode to Joao Teixeira de Faria, better known as “Joao de Deus” or “John of God””  

  1. 1 Ruth Ann burton

    Very interesting indeed.  I am amazed to hear of such things.  Yes, I believe it is all through the power of God.  Isn't He wonderful. May He bless you with continued good health. Hugs.

     

  2. 2 Q Moayad

    thank you kindly for your blessings ruth ann, much appreciated!! ))

  3. 3 Ken Harris

    Qui,  what a beautiful story!  You are blessed to have had the experience!  Thank you for sharing!

  4. 4 Q Moayad

    thank you very much for your kind comment ken, much appreciated ))

  5. 5 Pragito Dove

    Awesome article my friend. Very much enjoyed meeting you in Abadiania. You too carry that message of hope for many.

    May you alwsays be surrounded with love. Pragito

  6. 6 Q Moayad

    thank you for the love pragito! i loved meeting you too ))

  7. 7 Virginia Pielow

    I remember John of God from The Oprah Winfrey Show.  He touched me then as he did you.  Recently, I was touched by a young man, Graham Moore, through his Oscar acceptance speech at the Academy Awards.  As a teen he felt like he didn't fit in and even attempted suicide.  He persevered, however, and was able to achieve recognition in his chosen field—screenwriting.  He urged young people who may be troubled about their place in society to "stay weird".  The video of his speech may be found on abc.com or abcnews.com. 

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