NATCHEZ – New Hope the Vision Center started a 24/7 prayer line and ministry about a week and a half ago and the mission has already reached people in 50 countries, the pastor said from the church.
The prayer line at 601-653-7090 is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer prayer requests and offer counseling to people who may need it, said Reverend Bishop Stanley Searcy Sr., Ph . D., pastor of New Hope the Vision Center, 418 Morgantown Road, Natchez.
In addition to the prayer line, the church also broadcasts an hour-long prayer service called “Studio 48” from 11 am to noon each day on social media platforms and from today will be broadcast on the Vision Network, which Searcy says is operated by Potter’s. House Ministries under Reverend TD Jakes in Dallas, Texas.
Searcy said the prayer line was inspired by Mark 11:17: âAnd while he was teaching them he said, ‘Is it not written,’ My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations “? But you have made it “a den of thieves.”
Searcy said prayer requests and counseling are open to anyone with a problem, but the church is particularly focused on the issue of suicide prevention and helping people who may be struggling in business. or in their marriage or with other personal problems.
âOur goal is to enter 200 countries,â Searcy said. âWe’re probably only 50 now – India, Africa, Pakistan, England, Bahamas, Barbados and many other countries. We are in all of these areas and we are growing every day. “
Searcy said the hour-long broadcast has been viewed each day so far by an average of 2,500 to 3,000 people on social media, and he expects the Vision Network broadcast to increase that reach. .
Searcy said licensed crisis counselors handle the phone lines 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
âIt provides a service and our telephone operators are trained in crisis counseling,â Searcy said. âIt will help people at 2 or 3 in the morning. The crisis does not have a specific time to occur. It is open to all faiths.
In addition to the Vision Network broadcast, viewers can watch “Studio 48” live on the New Hope Vision Center Facebook page from 11 am to noon each day, Searcy said.
Prayer requests can also be made through social media or by calling the prayer line at 601-653-7090.