The Open Hand Inc. was founded in 1996 by Rev'd Martin J. Elvidge (BA Soc. Sci (Welfare Practice); Th Dip; STM, Lic Fam Couns) and his wife Sheila (Dip Ed) following 15 years in Anglican  Charismatic Ministry.

Martin and Sheila Elvidge are the Directors and Senior Ministers of The Open Hand Healing Ministries

The Open Hand Inc. is a non-profit Christian Community Service Organization, which offers help, hope and healing to a hurting world through prayer ministries, seminars and ministry schools
Martin and Sheila have been trained by John Wimber (Vineyard), VMTC (Anne White), John and Paula Sandford (Elijah House), Chester and Betsy Kylstra (Christian Prophetic Prayer Counselling), Ed Smith (Theophostic Ministry), Cornerstone (Canada), Paul Cox (Aslan's Place) and other Internationally recognised Ministries

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