MISSION: Meeting the needs of the traumatized, drawing them closer to God.
VISION: Building a sanctuary of rest where all are drawn to Christ.
Rev. Ryan Hatch started trauma ministry in 2007 and officially founded Shalam Ministries as a non-profit charitable organization (501c3) in August 2013. In 2019 we celebrate our 6th anniversary as an organization.
“Shalam” means restoration unto completion. Jesus provides true healing and restoration to our deepest hurts. In him we are made complete. “Shalam” is the Hebrew word used in Joel 2:25 for restore… when God promises to “restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.”
Focus – Countering the devastating effects of trauma
The three specific support methods of Shalam Ministries are:
- Encouragement through the healing process
- Assistance to make healthy decisions
- Providing restful retreats (in development)
Who Shalam Helps
Trauma survivors that we serve include: abuse survivors, parents who have lost a child, and those who have experienced extreme trauma.
We also will provide retreats at Hero’s Rest to avoid burnout for: military, police, EMS and firefighters.
All services provided by Shalam Ministries are gifted to those we serve at no cost. Recipients of retreats who are able will be given an opportunity to pay-it-forward.
How Shalam Serves
Shalam currently provides the first and second support methods of our ministry on an ongoing basis to individuals (locally and internationally). In 2016, our staff served over 5,000 hours to 100+ individuals, sharing the gospel with 20 of those served and pointing each one to Christ for their growth and healing.
We have learned for our third support method that our goal to provide free retreats will be particularly helpful for military personnel and first responders to be able to continue to serve with excellence. Shalam is needing land in southern Wisconsin to begin providing this much-needed service with easy access to four major cities, Chicago and Rockford, IL and Milwaukee and Madison, WI, and international access through those airports. We are searching for a land donor, financial supporters, and/or a leasing opportunity to make this possible.
Shalam is the missing piece in the puzzle of trauma response. Shalam currently provides trauma survivors a community to support, guide, and celebrate them through ongoing phone contact, in-person meetings, and celebration dinners. In the future with land, Shalam will honor those who valiantly serve with the gift of a well-deserved rest to help counter the hardships of sacrificial service.
- We are a community of support – we are not a counseling center
- We are ministers trained at Moody Bible Institute (from the graduating classes of 2011 & 2014) with a strong commitment to Jesus Christ and the Bible – we are not counselors
- We are passionate about helping individuals get the help and support that they need – we are not about a particular group or political agenda
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