Skip to comments.Outsourced prayer lines confuse callers
Posted on 12/18/2012 6:27:38 PM PST by Gamecock
DES MOINES Last month, Lori Danes, 43, called the prayer line of a major television ministry and requested prayer for her mothers persistent ulcers. But her prayer representative, who called himself Darren, prayed in a strong Indian accent that all the gods would bless her mightily.
I was stunned, Danes says. It was like Id called a demon prayer line.
The manager of India Prayer Solutions, located in Mumbai, India, apologized for the incident and fired the employee who, he said, had not been properly trained. But dozens of similar incidents have rattled U.S. callers since major ministries began outsourcing their prayer lines to India. The ministries insist they are overwhelmed by the growing number of calls for prayer.
There arent enough Americans willing to sit in the prayer tower and take calls anymore, says a prayer coordinator at a major ministry which jobbed out its prayer lines last year.
But the interactions have left many callers baffled.
Rich Douglas of Orem, Utah, called a prayer line for the first time this month, requesting prayer for his wifes cancer. His prayer partner, Stephanie, took him through a series of prayers that felt pretty clinical, says Douglas. I definitely didnt sense the Spirit. It sounded like she was reading from a script.
Stephanie, whose real name is Reha Jain, is a Hindu woman who works at a call center in Mumbai and has prayed with many satisfied prayer customers, she says. Its like my old job at a Microsoft call center. The caller is happy if you deliver quality customer service.
Her fellow worker Rajneesh Tuwalla likewise had never heard of a single U.S. ministry, but was sick of working at the Sprint call center, he says. The customers always got angry about their bill.
Tuwalla landed a job at a prayer center and learned to pray Christian prayers by watching Kenneth Copeland.
All the TV preachers pray good, but Copeland prays the best, says Tuwalla, who mimics Copelands style on the phone with callers.
Like many service reps, he uses an American name while on the job. In Copelands honor, Tuwalla calls himself Ken.
Tuwalla has heard the rumors that U.S. ministries may repatriate their call centers. He hopes it isnt true. At his Sprint job he would have to run around the block and maybe pull the head off a stray chicken to settle down every night because of the stress he felt serving demanding U.S. customers. But the prayer center job is more relaxed.
The callers are very nice, he says. I like my life again.
I knew it!!!
But the wedding deals are great.
They could probably outsource phone sex lines with no problem.
This ought to be entertaining...
oh butt out, this isn’t for atheists.
Hello this is Father Peggy. . . .
“Elloe! Owe R you DoinG! Wude you like to make a prayer tonite, mmm? I am Bill and I will be praying to our gods for you.”
“There arent enough Americans willing to sit in the prayer tower and take calls anymore, “
For $2/hour he means.
Who wrote this stuff? LOL!!! Bwaaa haaa! I can't stop laughing. Hindus answering Christian prayer lines....LOL!
What's the number? I'm calling tonight. I'm going to have them sacrifice a cow for me!!!!!
The guy on the other end got all excited, asked me if I knew how to drive a truck??????
I am very glad you got through it. I'm not sure how the truck bit helped. But it must have worked. I'm going to use that the next time I get a call from someone contemplating suicide. God Bless and be with you.
God works in mysterious ways!
...And it's STILL funny.
What if the hotline got outsourced to Iran?
Pinged an earlier posting, thanks.
If the lady doesn’t have enough discernment to figure out what Kenneth Copeland is all about, I’m surprised the Indian call center raised an alarm.
A minute (or so) ago I called the suicide line. The recorded message told me to call tomorrow as it was open during business hours.
Tuwalla, you’re supposed to choke the chicken, not pull its head off!
No wonder you’re stressed!
they asked me if I knew how to walk in to a crowed public space and push a button..
Not sure what that was all about.
UHHH, why would one want to call a prayer call center anyway.
“My” God says it is fine if I sit someplace and pray to him day or night. Yes, he would probably prefer I attend Mass now and then, but ‘direct prayer’ has been in vogue for years. Now people are ‘paying’ for the privilege to ‘pray, on the phone’ in India....
We have come a long way baby, just not quite sure we are heading in the right direction.
“UHHH, why would one want to call a prayer call center anyway.”
Pay attention to me!!!
LOL! Why not?
Don’t you mean the na’an ping list?
They are trying to curry favor with God.
First, I laughed until my sides ached. Then, I tried to be sad, but I couldn’t keep a straight face.
“A demon prayer line” ...
OMG. I’m crying I’m laughing so hard ... but it really isn’t funny.
We have a winner!
Are you trying to curry favor?
If you’ve ever had to snap the head off a stray chicken to settle down at night ... you might be an Indian call-center representative.
This is one of the most twisted, evil things I’ve read today. Deceiptful faith robbers. Good grief!
I laughed so hard at that I might of woke up the neighbors lol
And that (note, again leaving aside which denomination) is a failure -- each Church group, whether Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal etc. should at the very least offer fellowship.
A phone line is so cold
And outsourcing prayer? Insane.
they already do that — read it somewhere, I think here on FR
they already do that — read it somewhere, I think here on FR
well, it doesn’t say not for our atheist friends :-P
I don’t understand how one can have a telephone prayer-in? Aren’t there Church prayer groups?
Probably was channeling his inner Ozzy Ozbourne
exactly — this is crazy. It shows a lack of any community of prayer.
Can I get a prayer for my loony bun?
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