and twelve-year-old Fullerton First Baptist Church serves generations of families,
but, as in many churches, a lot of us wear our "church mask," pretending
we are not hurting. God had shown me that there are a lot of silent hurting people
in and around our church. Many found encouragement, but too many still fell through
For nine months my prayer partner and I prayed for God to
show us how to use our talents to help others. Our pastor encouraged us, realizing
the need. Then we found the Rest Ministries web site. It said exactly what we
believed about chronic illness and showed how to encourage and lead suffering
people back to church and feel welcomed.
We purchased When Chronic Illness
Enters Your Life and Learning to Live with a Chronic Illness by Lisa Copen and
started a class on Sunday mornings. We were surprised at the number of people
who joined the class! We were sensitive to their needs and agreed that if someone
needed to stand or stretch or even lay on the floor, that was completely acceptable.
The only thing that mattered was that everyone was welcomed, accepted and wanted
to hear God's word through the lessons.
statement is: "When we REACH out to those that hurt we lengthen the arm of
Reach-listen to the hurts of others
Encourage-tell them you
love them and care about their pain
Act-help to alleviate obstacles when possible
Comfort-them through their difficult times
Hope-share the promises of
hopekeepers(R) Ministry is three years old and is now divided into several ministries
all under "hopekeepers." The Encouraging Ministry sends cards and makes
calls to those needing some cheer. Educational Ministry gives classes and seminars
on important issues. Resource Ministry is a referral group that helps those with
special needs. Small Group Ministry gives Bible study opportunities for those
with special needs. Each ministry has a leader with several others to help-usually
others with chronic illness, which also takes our minds off our own pain. God
gives back as we serve others.
Christ is the center and the focus of
all that we do. God is the leader of our ministry to those with chronic physical
and emotional issues. We are a ministry that wants to give hope and encouragement
to those who need it. "When we REACH out to those that hurt we lengthen the
arm of God."
you live in the Fullerton, CA area and would like more information on our group
you can call Fullerton First Baptist Church at (714) 526-2265 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Care Network (CCN), a division of the American Association of Christian
Counselors (AACC), is a national referral network of community and church-based
licensed professional counseling providers offering Christian care. 434-525-9470
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