The Healing Power of Grace
Dear Michelle and Graham,
“I just want to say to you both before any more time passes by, THANK YOU! I attended the first two workshops at the Sth. Qld. camp this year, before having to fly out. I spoke briefly to you, Michelle after you gave your testimony for I was so impressed and moved. 33 years I’ve kept this dark dirty secret to myself. So many times I wanted to tell my mum what my stepdad had done all those years ago, but never found the courage or “right time”. As the years went by, I’d look at my mum, ageing and rationalise what good would come out of me telling her at all, for she’d divorced him 25 years ago. However after hearing about how you went to all that effort and ordeal to confront your perpetrator, I knew I had the answer. It is for me that I needed to let it out. It is for me that I needed to be free once and for all. Till then I was always a slave to his control, even though I’d never had contact for such a long time. I’m twice divorced, survivor of drugs, alcohol and a self-destructive lifestyle . . . all the result of the broken spirit because of what this man had done. Since I was baptised at 27, God has slowly been putting the pieces back into place in my life . . . this was one major piece (I won’t say final piece) that really needed to be laid to rest. So, yes! Thank you Michelle for being so brave and so open to share your experiences, for it gave me the courage finally, to go to my mum (and I did that Monday night at camp) and let it all out . . . She took it better than I imagined but as I suspected, blamed herself for not protecting me, (my stepdad was always in and out of work, while mum worked long hours) she asked me for forgiveness! That was difficult to see my poor mum racked with guilt . . . but we ended with prayer and will continue to need prayer to be able to forgive him . . . I have in my head . . . I had to or I’d be “chop suey in China” years ago . . . yet I’ve to face him once and for all and let him know what destruction he caused by his actions.
Graham, thank you for standing by Michelle and working together to pioneer this vital ministry
I am blessed . . . words are not enough to tell you both how much your work has meant to my life. Thank you.
Your “Sister in Christ”
Thank you for the “Manhood Matters” program, as my husband stood up for Manhood Matters at camp. have been coming to the S.D.A. South Queensland camp for 15 years, and my husband is not an Adventist. Graham Hood was an answered prayer, for I know God is in control of this, and my husband will be restored through the Holy Spirit, and guidance of this ministry. Thank you for allowing this presentation to go ahead at camp. I have 10 children who will now benefit, for their father is going to attend these workshops, and I will have a greater husband, and my children will benefit for their father will be a greater dad.
Dr Neil Watts
President of the South Queensland Conference, Seventh-Day Adventist Church
“Graham and Michelle Hood have recently made a tremendous contribution to the spiritual success of our Sth Queensland annual Camp meeting. The positive, life-changing impact they made on the lives of so many men and women and the healing their meetings brought to hundreds of hurting people was so fitting in view of our Camp theme of “Sharing a Hope that Heals”. The results of their personal experiences and dedication to helping others will have tremendous and lasting effects in many families. I am so thankful for their unique ministry and wish that its influence will spread far and wide”.
Dr Neil W Watts
South Queensland Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Pastor Glenn Townend
W A Conference President, Seventh-Day Adventist Church
“Graham and Michelle presented their story and dreams of a ministry to people who need healing to our pastors. Their presentation was professional, real and helpful. It encouraged vigilance in care of all people – we all have challenges to deal with.”
Seventh-Day Adventist Church Springwood QLD
“The speaker, Graham Hood’s honesty, passion for Jesus and ministries that he and his wife have started to minister to people was inspiring. Here was someone who had many reasons to have made a mess of his life but he turned to Jesus and took on responsibility. Making a difference, helping others in ministry. The amazing thing is that Graham has only been a Christian since 2007, but he is willing to be used by God.”
Pilot Mentor Co-ordinator, 747 Captain
Re: Graham Hood
Graham is a testament to “walking the walk”. His big big heart is in the forefront of all his actions and he allows all of us a window into it. He has travelled a journey that most of us can only imagine. Lesser men would have given up, but not “Hoody”, he has become stronger and overcome adversity, he has become a master of his profession and life, and his learning is now available to all who want to draw a line in the sand and elevate their lives to the level of having a “full and meaningful” existence. He has inspirational energy to support other people who need it. The first thing that struck me when I met him is that he is open and trustworthy. I would trust this man with my life. His no nonsense style is best described as down-to-earth, and he immediately allows anyone to meet him on any level no matter where they are at in their personal journey. There is no judgment from “Hoody”, only unconditional acceptance gained from his own personal growth. He has become a leader, a respected elder amongst his community of airline pilots and has mentored many a young person. His no-nonsense and compassionate approach in respectfully calling people on their self-limiting behaviours, and, in the meantime also honouring and drawing out young people’s unseen gifts and strengths. “Hoody” carries his religion in his heart, and yet has never imposed his beliefs on me, I am not a part of his church or religion, and it’s personally not for me, and yet his graciousness has meant he has never imposed his beliefs on me, nor have I felt less worth or judgement from him. I believe his vision has people at its core and I intend to assist both him and Michelle in their wonderful vision for people and the community.
A man who has also travelled a journey — Father of 3 sons, husband, community worker, Pathways Leader, ex Pathways Regional Leader, Mentoring Coordinator for Pilots, 747 Captain for an international airline.
My name is Tony
Two years ago I had some serious emotional issues. I would sabotage my relationships and get out when they got too close. I had many other issues like fear and anger from my childhood. My marriage lasted only 9 months. I thought I needed to do something about my attitude. I went to counsellors, Christian counsellors, NLP programs and a variety of other high profile programs, which helped but didn’t get to the core of the issues. Then Graham and Michelle Hood introduced the Celebrate Recovery program at our church and after a year or so I gave my testimony. It took me a week to recover emotionally but after that the fear left me and my life wasn’t controlled by fear anymore. I began to heal in a big way. My attitude is so different now. I am more relaxed and I thank the Lord for this program because it really works. I am getting somewhere in life instead of my fear blocking me. I know I still have much healing to do, but at least I now know that I am heading in the right direction. I recommend CR for any issue you may have
Pine Rivers Seventh-day Adventist Church
I met Graham and Michelle in early 2009 at a presentation by Mission Serenity and was impressed by their personal testimonies and the programs they offered through Mission Serenity. Not long after, Graham accepted an invitation to present on Manhood Matters at a Health Seminar that our church ran in mid 2009. Graham provided a brilliantly-professional and interesting presentation and the feedback received from those who attended was incredible. Many were inspired to make changes in their own lives, impressed by the real-life stories presented that night. I truly believe that the Holy Spirit was leading many individuals as some personally approached Graham, after the presentation, seeking advice and help with their own struggles. I know a great many others received blessings from simply attending the presentation. Graham captured the hearts of all in attendance as he presented a topic close to the heart of every individual. Graham is a wonderful presenter and a convicted Christian. It was a pleasure to have Graham speak at our seminar and a great blessing.
I have known Graham Hood for over seventeen years now. Instant rapport, trust and genuine care are the traits that were naturally evident when I first met this man all those years ago. Indeed today I count him as a brother and a mentor. His love and passion for a fulfilling and meaningful life and more importantly for the lives of those in need around him has always been an outstanding hallmark of his character. George Bernard Shaw wrote, “some see things as they are and say, ‘Why?’ I dream things that never were and say, “Why not!” Graham and wife Michelle’s own dream has truly borne fruit with the foundation of Mission Serenity, a vision of equal passion and desire to live out Christ’s “Great Commission.” I have not met any folk in my life more qualified, who have lived life and shared in its many pitfalls and blessings, to bring comfort and healing in this endeavour, than Graham and Michelle.
Fellow professional pilot, Mentor and father of four
Women’s Ministry Leader, Springwood Seventh-day Adventist Church
We at Springwood Church have been wonderfully blessed by having Graham and Michelle Hood come to our Men’s and Women’s breakfasts. Graham shared with us at our Women’s breakfast of their ministry. Then we had the Men’s breakfast (I had a lot of ladies volunteering to help so they could also hear Graham) for the first time (close to 100 men). Graham shared with us his message on “Manhood” with the theme of “Never Give Up”. What a rich blessing we all gained! It was amazing that our theme setting: “The Shed”, for the Men’s breakfast suited the minstry they have set up and we sincerely believe God had a hand in this. We have had such positive feedback from those who attended both breakfasts, with people asking us when are Graham and Michelle coming back to Springwood? How thankful we are to God for a couple like this to not only share their love for God but also their experiences enabling others to open up and deal with their past. We know for a fact that God has had His hand in bringing Graham and Michelle to us, letting their passion for God to tour our lives and revive our faith and love for God. We look forward to continuing this mission.
Pastor Siglio Palesoo
Hi Graham & Michell
Please find attached my humble testimony.
I would like to recommend Mission Serenity to all local churches. Both Graham and Michelle have not only blessed the Darwin Church and Northern Territory Church folk but challenged us all spiritually. From their first session on Friday night our members were inspired by their practical approach. Each presentation ministered to the hearts of every listener (including mine). The reality of each presentation draws the listeners into wanting to hear more, and by the final session all our members (and their visitors) were moved in such a way that Jesus was lifted and seen as the “True Healer”. I would highly recommend the “Recovery Road” workbook which I am currently going through with a few church folk who have had issues they have held onto for so long and after being empowered by the above ministry, have begun the process of healing. Mission Serenity is a Bible-based ministry with everyday applications which is what our church and community need. My wife commented regarding our Sabbath sermon that, “Graham is the best preacher I have heard,” and Donna is very discerning when it comes to the Word of God. Thank you Graham and Michelle for such a Spirit-filled ministry. May you continue to “Lift up Christ, so that all will be drawn to Him”. May our Eternal God be praised. Hope to see you soon back in the Northern Territory.
With love and respect
Pastor Siggy (Sigila) and Donna Palesoo
Pastor Mark Wilson
Darwin SDA Church
Report concerning Mission Serenity weekend conducted by Graham and Michelle Hood
As Senior Pastor of the Darwin Seventh-day Adventist Church I want to affirm the tremendous ministry of Graham and Michelle Hood here in Darwin in May of this year (2014). Mission Serenity was invited by Pastor Siggy Palesoo who looks after our Palmerston company here in Darwin, however it quickly became necessary for our two church companies, Palmerston and Malak, to combine with the Darwin church to accommodate this program. Testimonies by Graham and Michelle moved the hearts of all who attended. Darwin is no different from many other churches with its fair share of marital and family issues as well as some having suffered from various kinds of abuse in the past. Darwin is a remote city and rarely, if ever, have Darwin members been exposed to any ministry such as Graham and Michelle’s Mission Serenity program. It struck at the heart from the first meeting. People all over have carried hurts from the past that perhaps have never quite healed — but through the ministry of Mission Serenity here in Darwin the Lord brought His healing balm to many hurting people. As a Pastor I noticed the moving of the Spirit of God on many hearts during the Mission Serenity weekend. Graham and Michelle spoke with humility and passion for the mission of Christ and appealed to all to experience the healing that only Christ can bring to a broken past. The Lord came near to us in May this year and touched the hurting lives of people as verily as He did during his earthly ministry. In order to bring the healing ministry of Christ to others we need to experience healing ourselves — this is what has happened in Darwin. In August we hosted an evangelistic Dinner with Pr Geoff Youlden and then followed on with a two-week evangelistic series. Never has Darwin experienced such a successful event with over 200 people seated at a formal dinner under a marquee where about one third were non members invited by our members. Then the evangelistic series that commenced the next day has seen attendance grow and has not dropped below 140 people at each meeting with about 30 non-members attending. Our church folk have been excited and revived with a new sense of mission. Why?
Part of the answer lies with the very special revival and renewal weekend Darwin experienced with the Mission Serenity program. When people experience healing and renewal they are prepared to serve Jesus in mission. I cannot praise, affirm, and thank Graham and Michelle enough for their ministry here in Darwin!
We are very keen to have them return in the first half of next year to help continue the healing, revival, and renewal that was started this year. I would certainly endorse Mission Serenity as a part of a revival and renewal initiative for any church, and especially for churches preparing for evangelistic outreach. May the Lord keep Graham and Michelle humble by His side that His blessing may continue to be poured out abundantly upon this ministry that is so very much needed in many places around Australia. I would not hesitate to affirm the very special ministry of Mission Serenity and recommend that churches everywhere welcome this special ministry and begin a Recovery Road program for those needing to be blessed by it.
Yours in Christ
Pr Mark Wilson
Darwin Seventh-day Adventist Church
Northern Australian Conference