Profile: Vicksburg, Miss., USA

May 08, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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Profile: Vicksburg, Miss., USA

 

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Ministry: Shalom Prayer Ministry
Location: Vicksburg, Miss., USA
Di
rector: Dr. Peter and Eleanor Boelens
Established: 2000
Employees: 2

 

 

Q&A with the Director

Q: What are the important components to your ministry?
A: Ministering to spiritual and psychological hurts of people through healing prayer by listening, loving and praying. Documenting the effects of these prayers through measurement scales for well being and fMRI brain imaging technics to detect changes in neuronal activity.

Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: The large number of individuals in our society and throughout the world who are incapacitated by the hurts they have experienced in life. They have been hobbled by Satan and without the healing touch of Jesus are incapable of living to the “praise of His glory.” Through healing prayers, their lives are revolutionized. They become new people – “the old is gone and the new has come.” (2 Cor. 5:17).

Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: The USA culture is focused on ourselves. Our basic concerns involve self-satisfaction and self-actualization. Life is all about self-esteem and self-fulfillment. When we can’t control the negative things occurring in life, we become anxious and depressed. Society’s answer and confidence is in Prozac or its equivalent, not prayer.

The Mississippi Delta culture is one of poverty with all of its ramifications – 50 percent of kindergarten children are already failing and are unequipped to enter first grade; 80 percent of all births are into single parent families; the majority of these mothers have been abused as children and unemployment stands at about 25 percent. These factors and others have created a milieu of hopelessness where most boys end up incarcerated and girls become pregnant. Their lives are lived in isolation with minimal to absent supportive contact from those outside their world of misery. 

Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: We deal with individuals many of whom are Christian who have a first-hand experience that Prozac or its equivalent is not the answer. They are brought to Jesus for His healing touch, and in this process their lives become God-centered rather than self-centered. They are transformed before our very eyes.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: To be integrally involved in the life transformation of these hurting people is perhaps the most rewarding and thrilling experience we can have this side of heaven. There are very few instances in this life where we come so close to the transforming power of divinity. At times like this, “we are filled with joy in His presence and eternal delights at His right hand.” (Ps. 16:11)

Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: If God’s hand of blessing continues to be on our present research efforts, there is the potential for changing the following statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • 1 in 5  American children are sexually molested.
  • 1 in 4  American children are beaten by a parent leaving physical marks on their body.
  • 1 in 3  American couples engage in physical violence.
  • 1 in 8  Americans have seen their mother beaten.

 

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