It all started in 1964 when Rose Marie Borrelli became a born-again Christian at a Billy Graham crusade in Chicago. From that moment she grew in her Bible knowledge and spiritual maturity. Her mother’s heart was recognized by many, and people would come to her home for Bible studies, counsel and Godly wisdom that was applied to their personal lives. In 1980, she heard about John and Paula Sandford’s ministry, read their books and began going through their training at Elijah House in Idaho.
As a Spirit-filled woman, through word of mouth, her reputation grew and she began counseling many and leading many to the Lord. At that time she was still working a full-time job, until God spoke and called her into serving Him exclusively full-time in the ministry of prayer counseling out of her home.
On May 31, 1998, Mark and Maureen Sandford came from Elijah House Ministry in Idaho to help dedicate Freedom House Ministry’s first facility. On June 14, 2008 we celebrated our tenth anniversary.
Over the first five years and 6000 prayer counseling sessions, we have seen many lives transformed, restored and reconciled through Jesus Christ. These sessions are made up of young and old, men and women, couples, families and children, dealing with problems relating to infidelity, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, post-abortion trauma, destiny malaise, marriage issues, communication issues, betrayal and spiritual darkness. This ministry has happened through the faithful service of our director, volunteer staff, and part-time prayer counselors.
Freedom House also hosts Video Schools of Prayer Counseling. As of Fall 2005 we have graduated over 250 students. A few each year chose to attend our Internship Training and join our part-time counseling staff. Most graduates take their new-found understanding back to their own churches and ministries.