restoration  ministries

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

We all need help from time to time. It's part of the human condition. Sometimes we all find our selves in situations that we desperately need to escape or conquer. It really doesn't matter if those situations were caused by our own choices, the choices of others, or just life. The solution is always the same: Jesus, and the delivery system is many times the Church: The Body of Christ. Our prayer is that one of the ministries listed below is just what you are searching for.
Emotional Health Ministry of the POA
The Pentecostals of Alexandria are excited to provide POA Emotional Health Ministry. The POA Emotional Health Ministry is dedicated to the process of helping individuals reach spiritual and emotional wholeness. We believe that a strong relationship with God and healthy relationships with others cannot be achieved without spiritual and emotional maturity. EHM sponsors support groups that are designed to help you along your journey to emotional healing. Click here to find out more about Emotional Health Ministry.

H.O.P.E. Ministry 

(Helping Our Prodigals Eternally & Helping Overwhelmed Parents Endure)

Emotional Health Ministry of the POA
H. O. P. E. Ministry was born from a compassion for hurting parents and other family members of prodigals.  Having a prodigal of our own for fifteen years, the experience, the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we felt directed to  encourage those who are experiencing the same heartbreak. For more information on this ministry, click here.

SEVEN Ministry

SEVEN meets in the rooms on the left (West) side of the POA Events Center.  Most meetings convene at 7:00 pm.
First and third Saturday night meetings follow the Celebrate Recovery lesson plan, individualized by each instructor to fit "us."  Meetings begin at 7:00 pm.
On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays SEVEN hosts a "Big Group Dinner" from 6:00-7:00 pm in the POA Events Center (prior to the regular meeting schedule as noted above). The 2nd Saturday is "Burgers and Breakouts" - a casual meal of hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Following a brief time of announcements, focus, and worship, the group divides into small groups for discussion. The 4th Saturday is a catered meal and provides a wonderful additional opportunity for fellowship as we celebrate recovery "birthdays" of more than one year with testimonies and sharing.
Also, on months with 5 Saturdays, we host an extra meal meeting.  We serve a meal at 6:00 and begin our meeting at 7:00.  The meeting usually features a special speaker from within our congregation or from out of town.
On Monday and Wednesday nights - same time (7:00 pm) and same place (POA Events Center) SEVEN hosts open discussion meetings. There may be a particular topic of discussion introduced by the leader - there may be an "ask it basket" - it's simply a time of discussion and sharing to provide strength and hope to participants.
On Tuesday nights at 7 PM in the Family Room a "Big Book" study is on-going, a chapter-by-chapter, step-by-step book study.  On Thursday nights our 12-step study focuses on the link between the ancient tribes of Israel and the 12 steps today.  Friday nights at 7:00 pm there is a "Newcomers Meeting" designed especially for those who are new to recovery - new to recovery ministry.  This group discussion/teaching session focuses on the first four steps of the AA 12 Step Program.
SEVEN group sessions are designed to create and provide a safe place to find support and recovery through a 12-Step/8 Biblical Principles program modeled after the Celebrate Recovery program.
Utilizing CR resources, guidelines for confidentiality and sharing have been established for each meeting.
Emotional health classes including a book study of Life's Healing Choices  are offered as needed. Due to the nature of this series of lessons, these Studies are scheduled when there are an appropriate number of individuals interested in participating and willing to obligate to the study. If you are interested in joining a "Life's Healing Choices" small group series, please e-mail SEVEN and we will let you know when the next study group is scheduled to begin.
How do you attend a SEVEN Meeting?
Just show-up at 7PM - Monday - Saturday - at the POA Events Center - (701 Veterans Dr. - Across the street and a bit west from the main building. Look for the purple SEVEN banner!) If it's a 2nd, 4th, or 5th Saturday - come at 6:00 and join us for a meal before the meeting!
Our goal is to provide an atmosphere conducive to deliverance and recovery in which the Holy Spirit can minister healing to the hurting and hope to the helpless...Come on in.  The coffee is hot.  We've been expecting you....

House of Mercy

The House of Mercy facilitates healing for hurting women in need of protection and shelter.  Reaching out to the homeless women of the community, House of Mercy provides temporary housing and an opportunity to overcome hardships.  
The House of Mercy can accommodate six ladies at a time.
When ladies arrive at the House of Mercy, they attend an orientation, which includes a presentation of the following: the plan of salvation, an introduction to God's principles, the goal to become an overcomer and to live a life of love, peace, joy, and righteousness, guidelines that must be followed while in residence, the House of Mercy's handbook
Staff members of the House of Mercy are responsible for scheduling chores, such as cooking and cleaning.  They also schedule mandatory events, such as Bible studies, prayer meetings, and attendance at church services.
In an effort to provide financial assistance, the staff helps residents obtain employment and encourages financial responsibility to prepare for the future.
Following the example set by Jesus, the House of Mercy is designed to provide a covering for the hurting.  In meeting the needs of residents, the House of Mercy staff administrates, leads, and disciplines with love, compassion, forgiveness, grace, long-suffering, patience, sympathy, and tolerance.
Anchor provides solid, everyday practical teaching for attendees.  Anchor holds weekly classes using Bible-based programs.  Classes are held on the POA's campus and are available to residents of the Grace House and House of Mercy.
Question about the House of Mercy? - Contact the church office at 318.487.8976.

Grace House

Despondent, lonely, and needing a second chance, homeless men are given the opportunity to build a new life at the POA's Grace House.  A shelter for homeless men, the Grace House can support 16 men.
To qualify for residence at the mission, candidates must be at least 18 years old and physically able to take care of themselves.  Upon their arrival, men must demonstrate their will to stay and to study the Bible by obeying house rules and attending church.  While living at the Grace House, men are expected to police themselves and to show respect.
The Grace House first opened in 1988.  In the Spring of 2000, the Grace House moved to its present location in a newly-built facility.  The Grace House now includes living space for the men, a patio, a storage shed, and five lots.  Located a few blocks from the POA, the Grace House is staffed by one administrator, two assistants, one house supervisor, and other volunteers.
Those volunteering at the Grace House must demonstrate an unyielding desire to reach for hardened men.  They must have a knowledge and personal experience of what the men are going through in their life.  
Volunteers must be fearless, mature and strong in the Spirit, and able to teach and defend the Gospel.
After undergoing a brief orientation, volunteers assist in counseling with the men and expounding the Word of God.  Workers also enforce house rules and strive to place the fear of God into these men.
The Grace House also connects men with:
    The A.C.T.S. Program (Alcohol and Chemical Treatment Series)
    Bible Studies
    Anchor Class, which teaches responsibility
In the more than 20 years of its existence, thousands of men have been blessed by the services of the Grace House.  Many of the men, years later, remain members of the POA and are involved in church ministries.
Anchor provides solid, everyday practical teaching for attendees.  Anchor holds weekly classes using Bible-based programs.  
Classes are held on the POA's campus and are available to residents of the Grace House and House of Mercy.

Prison Ministry

Taking church outside the walls of the POA, individuals involved in the Prison Ministry make sure those who are incarcerated have the opportunity to attend worship services.
Presently, the POA's Prison Ministry has 34 volunteers.  These volunteers provide services at 12 facilities in six different parishes in Central Louisiana.  All but two of the facilities house weekly services.  The overall attendance of all services averages 300 per week.
At these services, attendees are part of a worship experience.  Modeled on a traditional worship service, workers in the Prison Ministry provide all the elements of church, including singing, preaching, and altar calls.  Testimonies also are common; sometimes, members of the church will accompany a team to a prison service to share their own testimony of how God has worked in their lives.
The main objective is to share the Acts 2:38 message with the men and women of the prisons.  If the incarcerated follow the plan of salvation and build a relationship with Jesus Christ, the chains that are on their lives–the ones that bind them in an emotional and spiritual prison–will be broken, and they will be free to start a new life, no longer bound in their mind and soul.
Monthly meetings are held for training and coordination.  The structure of the ministry is such that everyone who participates is accompanied by a seasoned volunteer.  Team leaders are responsible for all services at a specific location.
Volunteers can be part of the ministry on a one-time, occasional, or weekly basis.  Those who assist with the ministry play musical instruments, sing, share their testimonies, or work in the altars.
Through these services, those ministering in the prisons work to bring eternal hope to the incarcerated through the preaching and teaching of the Bible.  Volunteers are committed to the inmates at their respective facilities.  Prayer, fasting, and a willingness to "go" enable those who are part of the Prison Ministry to take a message of salvation and hope to incarcerated men and women and impact their eternal destiny.