Several years ago I felt a calling to be a Stephen Minister, to walk alongside someone who wanted a Christian care-giver. I received the training at my church, but then relocated to Richmond before being assigned to a care receiver.
After my move, I joined Christ the King Lutheran church, and shortly thereafter it formed a Stephen Ministry group. I was welcomed immediately as an already trained minister. My first care-receiver was a beautiful woman with a terminal illness. Due to her illness, she lost her ability to speak… but we found numerous ways to communicate, sharing many precious, intimate moments of faith, a mutual love for reading, and prayers for what lay ahead. I often felt she was teaching me through her patience and unwavering love of God. I was blessed to know this woman, and very deeply strengthened by her example of faith.
Pat Whitmer, Christ the King Lutheran Church
Note: Christ the King’s Stephen Ministry program is shared with our St. Matthias program