When my grandma died, a family member contacted the church she’d been a member of all her life, where she’d served in countless ways to minister to others and let the church know about the services and needs of the family. The Bereavement Committee was not allowed to provide for our family because her funeral wasn’t being held at the church itself (my family couldn’t afford it) and presumably because she hadn’t been an active member in her later years when she was no longer even well enough to attend mass.
I’ve seen similar things happen in recent years, with other churches of all denominations. It seems we’ve placed so many rules and requirements and provisos on the ministry that it can no longer truly minister anymore. And because of that, people are left alone, without either the spiritual nourishment they so desperately need or the day-to-day help that goes hand-in-hand with it.
But then over a year ago one of my best friends and her husband and family embarked on an amazing journey. They answered a calling that the Lord put on their hearts. They created a ministry the likes of which I’d never seen before. If someone is sick and in need of help maneuvering hospitals and/or nursing homes, they step in to hold their hand along the way. If someone is facing a major life change and is moving, they jump in to physically move furniture. If someone has died, they take the time to minister to the family directly and to provide funeral services. They’ve started a community garden to nourish the body even as they seek out new ways to nourish the soul. They have prayed for me and my husband daily as we’ve struggled with our own life issues. Clint even took the time to call and talk to my mom one day when she needed an ear and some guidance… from all the way in Florida the Lord used this family to provide for mine. Over 1,000 miles away and their touch has been like a conduit of hope from Christ himself… I cannot imagine how much more powerful their work had been in their local community.
And they have done it all without placing a price tag on their services. They are not directly associated with any church. They have relied solely on individual gifts and donations. Father Clint gives his time daily to those in need, but in order for this ministry to survive, they do need support.
First and foremost, they need prayer. Please, take a moment to lift them up to offer them any intercessions you can for the amazing work they are doing.
Second, reach into your heart and if you are able, consider donating to their ministry.
If you want to know more about The Community Chaplain, Tawdra explains it best in this post on the blog we share:
Thank you, my friends and loved ones for giving of your time to read this. And thank you too for the prayers and support you can offer The Community Chaplain.
Love and blessings,