During ministerial school, Reverend Lei Lanni had a vision of inviting and empowering congregants into holding spiritual space and praying with each other. The seeds of this vision, this God idea, like a mustard seed, have grown and continues to grow through each Prayer Chaplain, each Prayer Chaplain Program, and in the many congregations around the world.
While serving as Senior Minister in Santa Rosa, California, Lei Lanni developed and implemented the first Prayer Chaplain Program. She brought this program with her to Unity Church of Phoenix and successfully implemented the program having trained over 125 Prayer Chaplains from February 1998 through March of 2005.
In 1999 she created the Trainers' Workshop inviting other ministries to Phoenix to learn how to start this Program in their congregations. By August 2005, 641 individuals had gone through this workshop taking it into 260 ministries world-wide.
"For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move hence to yonder place,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you."
Matthew 17:20-21 RSV
We continued our work with the creation of Light and Love Ministries in 2005. We published the new Prayer Chaplain Manual that is still in use today and the Prayer Chaplain Trainer's Guide - 1st & 2nd Editions.
To date we have trained 1500 individuals in 55 states in over 500 ministries. We have delivered 21 workshops for individuals outside of Unity and 2 ministries in other countries. We have also translated the training manual and trainers guide as well as the prayer handbook used in the training into Spanish.