Dr. Peter and Eleanor Boelens have deep roots in the Luke Society and have remained active in the ministry for more than 40 years. Their efforts are now focused on the Shalom Prayer Ministry in Vicksburg, Miss.
Dr. Boelens established a holistic, community health ministry in 1972 when he opened the Cary Christian Health Center in Cary, Miss. Six years later he was appointed as director of the Luke Society, a position he held until 1999.
The Shalom Healing Prayer Ministry offers wellness to those suffering from depression and anxiety.
Some of these individuals have been part of a medical study. The neuronal changes occurring as they move into wellness have been documented in an fMRI brain imaging study pre- and post-prayer. The neuronal changes correlate with their life transformation testimonies.
Dr. Boelens hopes to use insights from these studies to preventively and therapeutically address the disintegration of poverty families.
Learn more about this ministry at www.shalomprayerministry.com.
Read more about the ministry in our profile series here: Profile: Vicksburg, Miss., USA.
Dr. Peter and Eleanor Boelens
Dr. Peter and Eleanor Boelens are the kind of dreamers and visionaries the Luke Society has built its ministry around. Without their faithfulness to God, the Luke Society would not be what it is today. Boelens served as the organization’s executive director from 1978-99. The couple has worked diligently as directors of the Shalom Prayer Ministry in Vicksburg, Miss. since 1999.
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Capital: Washington, D.C.
Borders: Canada to the north; Atlantic Ocean to the east; Mexico to the south; Pacific Ocean to the west.
Religious groups: Protestant, 51.3%; Roman Catholic, 23.9%
Primary languages: English
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Population below international poverty line: 15.1%
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