“A cool cup of water…” our Stephen Ministry leader taught us. That is what we are called to be is a cool cup of water to the lost, to the broken, and to the hurting.
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (HCSB)
What is Stephen Ministry? Stephen Ministry is a lay caregiving ministry that supplements pastoral care. The program teaches laypersons, like myself, to provide one-on-one care for individuals who request support. The confidential care-giver and care-receiver relationship, usually conducted by weekly visits, may continue for months or years.
With over 55 hours of extensive training we trust the process of being the hands and feet of Jesus, nothing more. It is Jesus who is the Healer, the Great Physician, we simply and lovingly walk beside them, pray for them, and love them.
We, as Stephen Ministers, lead by the Holy Spirit. We are not called to meddle . . .
I am deeply honored and humbled to have closed today with my Care Receiver after 56 weeks of a caring relationship. God appointed this relationship and I am blessed to have walked beside of her through this difficult time. I am grateful that through this journey I always knew it’s not about me, but it is all about God.
Below is a photo from Christmas of our incredible HPF Stephen Ministry team. I am so grateful for each one of them shown here and those that are not pictured here.
In response to The Daily Prompt – Meddle
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