OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE SPIRITUAL CARE & COMMUNITY RESOURCES;
THROUGH SPECIALLY TRAINED LAY CHAPLAINS
SERVING IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS AROUND THE WORLD.
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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (POP) is a faith-based organization which trains and supplies Volunteer Lay Chaplains in Healthcare settings around the world. The organization’s Lay Chaplains are trained to provide emotional, Spiritual Care, offer prayer and solace to those in need. The presence of God can provide peace and comfort to those coping with the challenges of illness such as disruption from daily life, varying levels of isolation, and suffering.
The primary focus of POP is providing Spiritual Care to patients, families and healthcare professionals in the healthcare systems with whom it partners.
With gratitude to God, POP responds to the commission of Jesus Christ:
“I was sick and you visited me.” — Matthew 25:36
Established in 1974, Reverend Dr. Lawrence W. Johnson’s vision took shape at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas. Faced with a growing number of requests to provide prayer and solace for patients arriving in Houston for medical treatments, he trained a group of church members to visit the sick in five hospitals of the Texas Medical Center. A great guild of Volunteer Lay Chaplains was born.
Forty-seven years later
More than 135 POP Volunteer Lay Chaplains are visiting patients in over 60 hospitals and healthcare settings in the Counties of Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Polk, and Galveston. Internationally, POP serves in Fortaleza Brazil, the Republic of Singapore and London, England. POP is supported by churches, hospitals, individuals, and foundations. Together with their community partners, POP is able to impact thousands of lives around the world annually.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE is a nonprofit charitable 501(c)(3) organization, as approved by the Internal Revenue Service with Tax ID #81-3195902. Contributions to the Organization may be tax deductible.