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Meredith Barnhart Shares About Stephen Ministry

God has been preparing me for the Stephen Ministry long before I even knew it existed! I have been seeking a way to “live out my faith”and use my spiritual gift of mercy to minister to hurting people.The Stephen Ministry is doing the training and God, the equipping, to prepare me to be a distinctive Christian caregiver.

I look forward to establishing a loving, caring relationship with someone in need, recognizing that it is God’s responsibility to provide healing and results. I am the caregiver; God is the Curegiver. I feel tremendous relief that I am not responsible to “fix” anything. This frees me from worry, self-doubt and the frustration of expectations and results.

As a caregiver, I am learning to come alongside and be a “good” listener, actively listening before acting or responding, with Jesus as my example. This kind of listening is hard work but so beneficial to the caring relationships that are part of my life now. I know that God is with me in this ministry, His Holy Spirit empowering me to love and accept people where they are. God is showing me that He, “the God of all comfort, comforts me in all my troubles, so that I can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort I have received from God.” 2Cor.1:3-4.