Desert Cry is the evangelistic ministry of John and Hannah Alarid. The focus of this ministry is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone who will listen, but more specifically, to the darkest pockets of society where most would not care to go: the gang member, the prostitute, the marginalized of the inner-cities of the world, the child thief who steals to feed his hunger, the junkie who shoots dope to fill his soul, and the prisoner who breaks the law yet cannot break his cycle of crime. It is to these that Desert Cry carries a message from our Savior–a message of redemption and restoration.
John Alarid is an evangelist and church planter. He is the lead pastor of CityReach Church and director of Hope Homes in Springfield, Missouri. He also serves as the Midwest Regional Church Planting Director for CityReach Network and the South Central Missouri Area Manager for Prison Fellowship Ministries reaching out to prisoners and their families with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hope Homes are a Christ-centered discipleship home for those struggling with life-controlling issues or desperate situations, such as, addiction and/or post-incarceration.
Along with planting CityReach-Springfield, John has planted churches in the Philippines and assisted in planting a Spanish Church in the Springfield, Missouri area. He has many years experience facilitating Christ-Centered recovery homes and training centers from Los Angeles and Phoenix to Manila, Philippines.
John is passionate about working with the marginalized of society. This passion stems from his own ten year battle with an intravenous heroin addiction, involvement with street gangs and drug trafficking. After hitting rock bottom several times, he finally surrendered his life to Christ on a cement floor in a lonely prison cell at the New Mexico Department of Corrections. After God encountered John in prison, he was unanimously voted in as the inmate pastor. During this time in prison the Lord spoke to John about an army He was raising up, in these last days, from the most unlikely candidates.
God not only gave John eternal life but also set him free from addiction and restored his mind. This man who was once incoherent, graduated with a BA, Summa Cum Laude from Central Bible College in 2013. In May of 2016 he graduated with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO. Truly, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation.
Hannah Alarid is an artist, musician, song-writer, and worship pastor at CityReach Springfield. Hannah graduated from the Christ-centered rehabilitation program of Teen Challenge when she was eighteen years old. She is currently pursuing a degree in Worship Leadership.
John and his lovely wife Hannah live in Springfield, Missouri where they are pioneering Hope Homes and CityReach Church in north Springfield, MO. John speaks regularly at local jails and prisons. They minister together at churches and conferences.
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PO Box 7001
Springfield, MO 65801-7001