Chaplain Dan's Ministry Letter
Hemet Valley Medical Center
Dear Friends & Supporters:
The Lord has opened the doors for us to minister in rest homes as well as the hospital. It is a good way for people to get to know me as a chaplain so they are not so afraid when they have to go to the hospital. Also, it takes the ministry to them instead of waiting for them to come to the hospital for ministry.
Cathie, my sister Patti, a woman named Jean from our Christian Celebration Church and I go seven or more places each month to minister in song. I play the accordion, we all sing, and various instruments are slowly being added like the harmonica and keyboard, and guitar. Jean whistles tunes as well.
Cathie and I also sing and play instruments at Behavioral Health and Subacute inside the hospital campus. We appreciate your prayers for this ministry and the strength and resources to do what needs to be done. We thank you so much.
Each of us has opportunities to minister to others but we don't always recognize them for whatever reason. It may be an encouraging word or a smile, praying for someone right on the spot instead of waiting and possibly forgetting. A lady at one of the rest homes we sing at came up to me after the program and asked for prayer for her husband Bill who is not doing well at this time. It is a comfort to people to pray with them right away. Of course, not everyone wants to be prayed for in the open but some will, the rest you can pray for later.
We are trained, as chaplains, to ask people what they would like prayer about, and surprisingly many people ask for prayer for others even though they are laid up in the hospital. If we don't ask this question, we can sometimes miss the mark of what they really need, because they have a different idea than we do.
It also shows someone you care when you ask what they would like prayer for. It is so easy to say we will pray for someone, but sometimes it can be a way of ending a conversation instead of caring for the person.
Cathie's Mom, Edith, fell the other day and broke her pelvis. She will be hospitalized for a while. Pray for her as well as Raymond, her husband, and their family.
Dear Dan, You wrote this months ago, but I had not read it until now. My son is in a mental hospital and has been for 11 years. I don't know if you have done the music in these facilities, but it sure would be a wonderful uplift for the folks there! Finally my son was moved right back to our town, after 10 years quite a distance. The Lord God is so good. I am seeing an improvement in my son's mental health in these last 6 weeks, and it's not a change in meds. It's prayer! It's my more of letting go, and letting God.
Thank you for your ministry!
Sister Jacque, in Christ
Right away, huh? Okay... Heavenly Father, because You alone open the doors to ministry, I lift up this group who is so obviously precious in Your sight. Bless them, Lord, as they go forth to bless others in Your Name. Let them see glimpses of the fruit they produce and give them divine guidance as they minister to those who hurt and as they pray for your people's needs and desires. Let them see glimpses as well of prayers answered. "Cathie's Mom, Edith, fell the other day and broke her pelvis. She will be hospitalized for a while. Pray for her as well as Raymond, her husband, and their family." May Edith heal quickly and thoroughly, as though she never fell, Father. May Raymond, Edith, and their family see the wonderful evidence of Your mercy and grace springing up as never before. Bless them in ways that they are assured of Your loving hand. Let it be done, all in accordance with Your will and Your Word. In Jesus' blessed Name. Amen.