Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - May 5, 2018

Over the last several months I have been in conversation with Kim Malm from Gritman about developing a lay chaplaincy program. The purpose of the program would be to train lay people from different churches and faith communities throughout Moscow (and surrounding areas) to provide emotional and spiritual support to patients, families and staff at Gritman.

We know medical situations, particularly those that are critical and urgent, are often stressful. It can be scary to go through medical diagnosis and treatment alone. Often individuals feel isolated and need someone to talk to about what they are experiencing. Medical staff often need to be available to other patients and needs. We believe, and studies have shown, that having additional emotional and spiritual support while receiving care improves a patients attitude and recovery and that trained lay chaplains can provide this support.

We are pioneering this program here and so we have been doing a lot of "dancing" as we plan, dream, discuss, and work on logistics. We are ready to receive volunteer applications and work on training in the next couple of months. We see God at work in opening doors for this to happen and in bringing faithful volunteers who want to offer compassion and care.

I want to make you aware of it and offer the opportunity for you to explore this as a ministry for yourself. If you would like more information, please feel free to call or email me. If you would like to apply, you can get application paperwork from Kim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In Christ,
Pastor Debbie

 

 

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