|Local Protestant minister David Wood leads part of one of the Changing Hearts prayer services in Greenfield, Indiana.|
Indianapolis, Indiana, August 9, 2011 -- “We should all be
in sackcloth and ashes.”
These are the sentiments from the founding
members of a new ministry called “Changing Hearts US”
regarding the state of American culture.
The ministry, which began
as a small family-based initiative in Indiana, is now spreading
throughout the country and beyond. Its purpose, according to founder
and Regnum Christ member Kay Dodds, is to “awaken people
that they have a part to play in changing the
All in the Family
On Labor Day in 2009,
Kay and her family gathered to celebrate the holiday. They
started discussing the current US culture and were moved to
pray for God’s forgiveness.
Afterwards, this family discussion weighed heavily on
Kay’s heart, and ideas started coming to her. “But I
wanted the Lord to show me that this wasn’t just
my crazy ideas, but something He wanted,” she said.
began to ask the Holy Spirit what to do. She
prayed and fasted for nine days, and she also visited
the Blessed Sacrament daily for an hour. She wrote down
her inspirations, and asked God to open “three doors” telling
her to move forward.
The first door was opened when her
husband agreed to support her in the ministry. Her pastor
then opened the second door when he told her to
write a proposal about her ideas, which he later approved.
Finally, door number three opened when local ministers agreed to
take the project into the community.
Prayer Is at the Heart
with the help of other volunteers who joined the effort,
created a special “Changing Hearts” prayer in both English and
Spanish, written on a bookmark. As of July 2011, approximately
74,000 bookmarks have been distributed.
|The Changing Hearts logo.|
The volunteers also created a
website, a Facebook page and a weekly online
newsletter. The newsletter gives both bad and goods news about
developments in the culture, and lists two states each week
to take to prayer, as well as suggestions for fasting
and a way to take action.
that people in these states will be called to repentance
and receive encouragement to proclaim God’s truth in our culture,”
Changing Hearts volunteers have made countless phone calls to
churches and prolife groups to encourage participation.
“We still need
more volunteers,” said Kay. “Many hands make light work and
make for success.”
God Is Moving Things
A Christian radio station in
Greenfield, Indiana, WJCF 88.1 FM -- which services 50
other stations -- is broadcasting a 3 ½ minute weekly
piece by Kay. It plays 2 to 3 times each
day and gives some information about Changing Hearts. Kay also
reads the prayer and gives suggested sacrifices.
“God is moving
|The front of the Changing Hearts bookmark.|
things for us,” she said.
Fr. Robert DeCesare, LC, who
works in the Ohio Valley and Indiana, has joined Changing
Hearts. He helped host the 2010 main prayer services at
Greenfield High School in a suburb of Indianapolis. “We invited
people from all over to come, and they did,” he
The ministry has since spread to all 50 states and
six countries outside the US. Groups including the Manhattan
Declaration, those supporting the National Day of Prayer in
several states, as well as the International Week of
Prayer and Fasting project in Washington DC, have all joined
|The back of the Changing Hearts bookmark.|
in the ministry.
Kay insists “Changing Hearts” is an ecumenical and
spiritual project and not a political initiative. “Our goal is
to return the culture to God,” she said.
Kay likes to
use the phrase “The Power of One,” meaning that each
person can make a difference in his or her own
sphere of influence.
To sign up to participate in Changing Hearts,
click here. To order bookmarks, click here. For
more information or to make a donation, contact the ministry
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone number is (317)
496-6045 or (317) 462-5715