About Surrendered Hearts Ministries
Surrendered Hearts Ministries was founded by Heleen Woest to help women worldwide overcome food related struggles through Biblical principles and practical guidelines.
You can find various free resources such as information about food addiction, bulimia, stress eating, emotional eating, compulsive overeating, and binge eating on this website. Heleen’s ebook God will I ever be free? is also available on this site as a free download.
More resources include a video driven study Appetite for Freedom that consists of a member work book, a leader guide, and a DVD set. It can be used in small groups or recovery style groups.
We also offer a 12 Week Online Program, Women Struggling with Food. This is a Biblical based program that can be used in the comfort of your own home.
Surrendered Hearts Ministries operates from the viewpoint that Jesus Christ is able and willing to free people from bondage (see Scripture verses below). We believe with all our hearts that if people surrender their hearts and lives to God, they can be free from the chains of sin that bind them. That said, the information pertaining to women struggling with food on this website is for guidance only. It is not to be treated as a substitute for professional eating disorder treatment by a physician or counselor.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)
About Heleen Woest
Heleen Woest is a Christian author and speaker on the topic of food related struggles. She is married to Tony and mom to Jean, Terrance, Jason and Christie. She lives with her family in Beaverton Oregon where they are active members of City Bible Church. She loves being a mom and finds great joy in spending time with her family and visiting with friends.
Heleen was born and grew up in South Africa as a pastor’s kid. She gave her heart to God when she was only a small child and loved Him ever since. Through the years she felt a deep compassion for the brokenhearted and people in bondage, as well as a yearning to teach about the love and mercy of God.
When she experienced first hand the healing power of God in her life after struggling with eating disorders, she reached out to women at her local church with similar struggles. She facilitated small groups for women with food related issues for the past ten years, first in California, and now at All Things New, a ministry of City Bible Church in Portland Oregon.
In order to better help the ladies who joined her small groups, she delved into the Word of God for answers and studied the field of eating disorders and food addiction extensively.
In 2007 Heleen wrote an eBook: God will I ever be free?
She also developed a 12 week online program, Women Struggling with Food, based on the Bible and material by well-known Christian authors, counselors, and doctors. Her online program has been successfully used by women around the globe for a number of years now.
With the help of friends at her local church Heleen has developed a video driven Bible study, Appetite for Freedom. It has been recorded live at City Bible Church in 2012 and is an excellent resource for women’s small groups or recovery style groups. This study is available on this website and other online stores.
Heleen received a Bachelors degree from the University of South Africa and she continues to work on a Masters in Counseling in order to get her state license. She has done a great deal of lay counseling under the supervision of experienced and godly counselors for more than a decade.
She trusts God to use her humble offering of transparency to guide women to freedom in Christ. She is very aware of the fact that without God she can do nothing, but with God all things are possible!
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