Barbie and Rush Hunt offer healing, more at Main Street Prayer Center

Photos by Warrena Barnerd

The Main Street Prayer Center, 35 N. Main St. in Madisonville, is full of inspirational art and books, as well as prayer rooms and other facilities. The healing center was founded by Barbie and Rush Hunt.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. — Inspired by Matthew 5:16.

An artist, an attorney, and the evidence! It sounds like a title to a good mystery novel, but it refers to Barbie and Rush Hunt, of Madisonville and the evidence of their faith.

In 2013, Rush, who is a local attorney, started having lunch every Friday with his grandson Ben, who was about 16. As they lunched together they studied a devotional. After they had fi nished with the devotional, in preparation for their future lunch meetings, Rush would make a list of talking points and jot them down on his iPad so they could discuss those things over lunch, never giving a thought to compiling them into a book one day.

Recently, Rush had thoughts he might not be around to share the things he discussed with Ben, with his younger grandchildren and the grandchildren who live in New Mexico, because of distance. So he decided to compile a book for them to have and recently authored a book titled “Lunch with Granddaddy” about how to live a Godly life. It is a book written from the heart of a grandfather, a grandfather with strong Christian faith who has lived long enough to learn the principles he talks about in the book, backed up by Biblical scripture. It is a must read for everyone who desires that their family live a Godly life.

Barbie Hunt makes art, beautiful inspirational art. Much of her art has the symbols of Christianity somewhere within it. She makes wall art, beautiful silk scarves, text art, and every type of art under the sun. Her art graces much of the walls and hallways of the Main Street Prayer Center where she and Rush are directors.

In 2008, after a 100-day revival, the Hunts felt strongly they were being called to start a healing ministry. They wanted a safe, confidential place where people could go for healing prayer. After a two-day conference in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, with Cal Pierce, leader of the International Association of Healing Rooms, Rush had lunch with Cal and they began the process of forming a Healing Room ministry in Madisonville, which is now called the Main Street Prayer Center.

The Hunts are state directors, where they attend an annual conference in Spokane, Washington. They are also regional directors of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. And Rush is on the International Association of Healing Rooms board of directors.

There are several prayer rooms, a conference room, an educational room for workshops, a kids room and a book store at the prayer center. The book shop has inspirational and educational reading material, much of it donated from readers.

Becky Fisher, of North Dakota, provides books and material on how to teach kids in the Holy Spirit. Rush has authored two training manuals and Barbie has written one

Income for support of the Main Street Prayer Center comes from a variety of sources including: bookshop sales, donations, team member donations, event offerings, 20 percent of sales of Rush’s books and 20 percent of sales of Barbie’s art.

At present, there are 13 healing rooms in Kentucky. The Hunts have been contacted to help form healing rooms in England, Finland and Mexico, so the demand for this ministry is spreading around the world. From this ministry there are thousands around the world who are healed although there are some who are not. The couple has an awareness that is made evident by a statement Rush makes in his new book about how important character is when you are involved in this ministry as some have abused it.

Rush and Barbie have a son and daughter who are both attorneys, and they have six grandchildren. On Monday nights, the Hunts all gather at the Hunt house where Rush prepares the meal at Granddaddy’s Cafe. This gathering is a God loving family born out of the love of a couple who have spent their lives living their lives for God — the evidence of their faith in everything they do.

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