About

   Hungry Hearts Ministries began in 1992 with a correspondence course entitled, "Redemption: Bible Prophecy Simplified." The primary purpose of the course was soul-winning and discipleship. It was offered free to the public for several years and eventually and became the basis for the book  by the same title (Our focus has not changed, and the primary purpose of the book remains soul-winning and discipleship. That is why the e-book is offered free to download--see sidebar).
   Everything at Hungry Hearts Ministries is aimed at soul winning and discipleship.
   Ministry outreaches and opportunities have expanded over the years to include, writing books, pastoring and co-pastoring, street ministry, outreaches to battered women, those in bondage to various addictions, preaching, teaching, public speaking at group meetings and seminars, online outreach through blogs and our radio station that streams, winning souls and making disciples 24/7 365 days a year.

  Founding pastor, Jocelyn Andersen, is an ordained minister, a domestic violence survivor, an author, and Bible teacher. She is outspoken for women's rights--especially, Christian women's rights--and a publisher of Christian books.

   On her Mother's side, she is the Great-Granddaughter of a Methodist circuit-preacher. On her Father's side, She is the Granddaughter of a devout Primitive Baptist Grandmother. She has been both sprinkled and dunked.
   With only two exceptions, until she  was 24 years old, she never saw the inside of any church unless it was either Baptist or Methodist. She thanks God for praying parents and grandparents, and for her early upbringing in church, but sad to say, she spent most of her young adult life ignoring God,  eventually seeking freedom from Christianity through the pursuit of atheism. But the righteous are blessed and their seed [children/grandchildren/descendants], and  God,a kind and merciful God did not allow her to commit herself to an eternity without him.

 In 1981,  she was powerfully converted to Jesus and began reading her Bible every day, always picking up today where she left off yesterday. That has continued up to the present day. 
   She began singing with a gospel group, and then joined the praise team at her church. A few years later, she was given a second-hand guitar and taught herself to play. She even wrote a few songs (20 years later, she took that same guitar to the streets of Winter Haven, FL. and became a street preacher.)
   She spent time growing and learning (still growing and learning), and then, for a season, taught new converts at her church. During that time, she also spearheaded a successful outreach for girls.
   In 1988, she was led of the Lord to take her Bible and $14 (which was all she had), and make an almost 400 mile round-trip from Georgia to Kentucky...alone. It was an impossible amount with which to make the trip, but she trusted God.
   She knew where she was going, but not specifically why—only that God would open a door of ministry for her after she arrived, and also that he would provide the money she needed to return home. 
   When she asked the Lord why he was sending her to Kentucky, the only answer he gave was one phrase from scripture, “Lest I build on another’s foundation.” 
   That was it. 
   She went. 
   When it pleased God, who separated her from her mother’s womb and called her by his grace to reveal his Son in her, that she might preach him ... immediately, she conferred not with flesh and blood. She sought no one's permission or covering [protection] other than that of the Holy Spirit.
   She simply obeyed.
  Not only did God provide the money she needed to get to Kentucky and back home again, but the ministry door that opened to her on that trip was powerful and enduring. 
   Some years passed, during which time she was active in her church. She visited for the bus ministry, she taught Bible classes, was involved in music ministry, etc.. 
   Then the Spirit of the Lord began to deal with her about getting ordained. 
   She resisted the idea, not wanting to be known as a “Lady Preacher.” But God had other plans, and she received counsel from one of her spiritual elders, the one she calls her "Beloved Teacher," to submit to having hands laid on her and being sent forth. 
   That happened in 1993.
   After she had been sent forth with the laying on of hands, in the early days of her ministry, which she began to call “Hungry Hearts Ministries,” she reached out to her community by holding home Bible studies hosted by others. She continues that type of outreach to this day.
   Her ministry outreaches have sometimes been unorthodox. She was once led of the Spirit to attend a watch night service at a local Kingdom Hall. That idea would never have occurred to her on her own. She knew it came from God. It did not make sense to her, but she obeyed.
   The result of that visit, was a relationship she developed with one of the elderly members of that congregation...which led to the writing of  her first book, Redemption: Bible Prophecy Simplified
   She had been praying about something having to do with that relationship, and the answer came in what can only be described as a supernatural, panoramic, vision. It happened in a moment of time (she tells about it in the book). She immediately grabbed pen and paper and began writing down the understanding of God’s Word she had received in answer to her prayer. 
   That became the first draft of Redemption, which was completed it in just 24 hours. 
  She converted the original manuscript into a correspondence course, and used it to reach people for Christ all over the country, and in jails and prisons. Today it is a published book, which is available for purchase at Lulu.com [it is free for download at Lulu.com]. Thousands have read it.   
   In 1998, Pastors Ken and Pat Smith, at Living Word Fellowship in Spring Place, GA,  asked that she allow them to ordain her as a minister. She refused at first, as she was already an ordained minister and not inclined to a second ordination. 
   But God had other plans, and led her to submit to the second ordination. It was through that ordination ceremony that she received credentials which opened the door to a brief time of Jail ministry in Polk county, FL.
    When God unexpectedly called her into street ministry, in 1999, he had already fully prepared her for it (although she did not realize it at the time), and she went forth with only the Holy Spirit as her covering. He was always enough. She asked no one’s permission to obey God. And for two years, often through great adversity, she was called "Pastor" by those who attended her meetings every Sunday morning, at Lake Silver Park in Winter Haven, FL.      
Notice my license to preach calls me a "He!"

  Although she was a woman alone, working on the streets with addicts, mostly male and often criminals,  she was never afraid, and no harm ever came to her. 
   Through domestic abuse, rain, heat, cold, and tropical storm, she was obedient to that calling. She never missed a scheduled meeting for any reason. There were always those waiting for her to arrive, and the anointing was strong as she fed their bodies natural food and their souls the Word of God.
   And there was always music.  My, how the lord ministered through her songs and that second-hand guitar.
   The ministry bore fruit.
   She witnessed sin-hardened, homeless addicts begin to hunger for God, and for something better than the hopeless lives they were living.    

During those years, two of the largest street ministries in Winter Haven, Fl (and some others) recognized her work and calling, and honored her with open doors to labor with them in their outreaches. 

   It was also during that time, that God led her to lay hands on others, and send them forth. 
   She asked no one’s permission to obey him. 
   As years earlier, God had sent his prophet to lay hands on her and send her forth, so he sent her to do the same for others.
   In 2002, another ministry, located in Ft Walton Beach, FL ordained her as a pastor within their church. She served on their Board of Directors, as Associate Pastor, Adult Sunday School Teacher, Music Minister, and Director of Christian Education
   It was a blessed and fruitful time.  
   Later, one of the senior  Pastors, there, launch a new ministry, and asked if she would co-pastor the new church with him. She declined, but offered to work alongside him in an independent support capacity with teaching and music ministry. 
   He accepted her offer and honored her by placing the name of her ministry, Hungry Hearts Ministries, on the sign in front of his church. 
   Beginning in 2005, The leading of the Holy Spirit set her on a journey circulating through-out the Body of Christ, without regard for denomination.   
   Throughout that time, sometimes she visited for a day, a month, or longer. Sometimes she joined with the ministry for a season.
   Every pastor she worked with, recognized the calling and anointing of God on my her. Some tried to harness it for their own selfish purposes. Some felt threatened by it (though she never coveted another’s position or ministry). Others have honored it, as they labored joyfully together to win souls, make disciples, and promote the interests of Jesus Christ. 
 





She continues to obey God to best of her ability and understanding. She continues to labor in the Word (both speaking and writing) and ministering in music.
   In his service, and in his will, is where she wants to be found when he comes or calls her home.



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