Ministry Purpose and Function

Police Shomreem Ministries is an independent, on call, emergency services, public safety and disaster relief chaplaincy. We are on-call for any law enforcement agency or community that is in need of chaplaincy services. We have served several police departments in Lake, McHenry and Cook counties since we started this 501(c)3 ministry. We have also served in public safety call-outs in Illinois and Wisconsin. We have served during disaster relief call-outs in Illinois and Wisconsin. Our chaplains have traveled to Louisiana to serve after Katrina. We have covered for public safety chaplains who were either not available to respond to situations or while they were out of town. We have served under the Department of Homeland Security numerous times. We have served with and under the unified command of the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Wisconsin Emergency Management Agency (WEMA). We have served under disaster services agencies affiliated with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD). We are active members of two disaster relief agencies, the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

God has appointed shepherds to watch over the flock since the beginning of recorded history (Isaiah 62:6; Jeremiah 6:17; Romans 13:1). This ministry is dedicated to serving God by serving those who serve the public in their communities. This ministry is dedicated to helping the first responders, support personnel and citizens that they serve. We are also dedicated to the spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological welfare of all first responders, support personnel, their family members and the citizens that those first responders serve. We dedicate this ministry to those who have given their lives to protect others and to their families, friends, and co-workers.

Each incident that we respond to may be a disaster to that person who is experiencing a traumatic incident. Our purpose is to bring a ministry of presence and referral to resources for those who feel alone in their time of great trouble. We are not there to fix the problem, but rather we are there to coach, mentor, resource and do emotional and spiritual triage. A few of our main resources are the medical and mental health industries. We also utilize the resources of FEMA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the independent shelters, food pantries and local religious entities, to help those who we serve.

It is a proven fact that people need someone to be with them in times of great crisis. We can’t solve problems caused by an incident that they have experienced, but we can be there to guide them through the steps to personal and spiritual healing. The return to functionality is a progressive process to those who have been involved in a crisis situation. If they need safety, we bring them to some place safe. If they are thirsty we give them a drink. If they need company we will be with them. If they are hungry we find them a place to eat. If they need shelter we refer them to safe shelter. If they need and want prayer we will pray with them and for them, on the spot. Some people don’t want us to pray with or for them, but once we leave them we will hold them up in prayer. Peter Deyneka Jr., founder of the Slavic Gospel Association often reminded believers that: “Where there's much prayer, there's much power!. Where there's little prayer, there's little power, and where there's no prayer, there's no power...”

We serve the Lord God and He hears prayer.

Our main job is emotional and spiritual care, but we also serve as a resource to help the survivor move on to recovery and healing.