Willoughby Area House of Prayer has seen miracles
It s been four years since Darlene Dryer of Hills received what she believes to be a message from the Holy Spirit telling her she must begin a house of prayer.
Despite not having a clue about how to do it, she prayed about it, assembled volunteers from area churches, found a centrally located space with a modest rent and established the Area House of Prayer.
Since then they ve had thousands of prayer requests and seen hundreds of visitors. Their building, in a space at 4091 Erie St. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Inside are 8 foot high prayer boards on which prayer requests are posted.
We change their color each week to keep track of them, she said. Each request is bathed in prayer for four weeks.
Many miracles have resulted from the prayers, she said, adding that she s seen illnesses cured, housing found and jobs secured.
There have been so many miracles.
But this week she looks back to the time just after the holiday season of 2009 when the House of Prayer had its start.
At the beginning, the Holy Spirit put hundreds of thoughts in my head about how to do it, she recalled. But I spoke to (the Rev.) Mike (Currier), and he said we d have to pray about it.
Currier, pastor of Body of Christ Community Church in , told her that his prayers resulted in the decision that a house of prayer would need to be in a populated area that people could walk to and be on the ground floor of a building to have access to those who are disabled.
Dryer and her husband, Dennis, then went to Wilmington. Ohio, to visit an established house of prayer.
We spent the whole day there with the people who established it and recorded every step they took to get it established, Dryer said.
Af flip flop ter returning to Northeast Ohio, she began to contact area churches in search of volunteers for a steering committee, and she set regular meetings to form a plan.
From the very beginning, the group wanted to serve those wishing to pray no matter what their denomination or lack of a church.
At first we had 12 hour prayer days at the various churches once a month, Dryer recalled.
When summer came, they were able to establish a tent near the Saturday morning Outdoor Market in for people to come to pray.
Meanwhile, she and the volunteers canvassed the area to locate a building they might make their home. They asked business associates, friends and relatives. They went door to door among businesses in Downtown and they met with those in the mayor s office.
Then Jerod Borkey, owner of BMA Media, made space available to the group in a part of the Media Building.
It s perfect, said Dryer. There s another 18 feet of space next to us flip flop that we can use for retreats or concerts.
Miracles continued to take place, she said, including one that she facilitated after an October trip to Israel.
God put Israel on my heart, and I ve saved for it for years, she said. So Denny and I went for two weeks in October. We thought we were joining a religious pilgrimage, but it turned out to be a tour of Christian, Jewish and Muslim sacred sites.
Their guide helped facilitate a renewal of their wedding vows at the very church where is it said Jesus performed his first miracle.
Denny gave me earrings inside a little silk bag.
Later, when they toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in a bazaar quarter of Jerusalem, Darlene was overcome with the sacredness she felt at stations of the cross.
One had a stone where the body of Jesus was laid after he d been taken from the cross and was being prepared for the grave, she said. I took the little silk bag I had and rubbed the inside of it on that stone.
Later, when she was back in at the House of Prayer, she prayed with a woman who d been told she d have to have a catheter the rest of her life because of chronic urinary tract infections.
I took out that little silk bag and rubbed it over her abdomen as we prayed together, Dyrer said. She went to her doctor two days later and there was no sign of the urinary tract infection.
She and Dennis have mo flip flop re than 1,200 images from their trip and give programs to those wishing to hear about the many sacred experiences they had. They also brought back holy oil and crosses made from olive wood, all availab flip flop le at the House of Prayer.