How has having a Stephen Minister helped me:
I found that Stephen ministry helped both my husband and I before he passed. My husband loved the outings he had with John and looked forward to them every week and the time John spent with him. Both Kathi and John helped me and my family get through his time at Hospice. John was there every day sometimes more than twice a day. He sang to him and comforted my family and myself. I know that he went to the Lord and believed with John’s help. My family and I are forever grateful.
With this past year having Kathi coming every week and getting through a lot of the grieving was such a blessing. Brought me books to read for me and my family on how to get through the grieving. Sometimes I was angry and sometimes depressed and had a lot of pain to go through with the stress of not wanting to drive or go to church alone. I went once and came home to an empty house and just stayed in bed and cried. Cried many times and had no will to live but I know Kathi and I prayed together and I know her prayers were answered as each time I seemed a little better. And helping me get through some of the difficult times with my family and what they were going through.
Just knowing someone was there when I needed them was so helpful. Now I know I have to get back to church and get on with my life as my husband would not want me to feel like I did.
I am just so thankful to have had someone here to, when he was sick like he was. I grew to love Kathi very much as a good friend and mentor and very thankful again for the Stephen ministry and hope that you will keep it up to help others. I feel very alone sometimes in the church but now I know we have many wonderful people there to help us get through some of the difficulties we can experience in life and that God always comes through and doesn’t give me more than I can handle.
Thank you to all who are doing this ministry. There are so many out there that can be helped.
Thank you both John and Kathi for being there for my husband and I. And thanks to the Stephen Ministry group for choosing us.