January 2006 Chaplain's Letter
Chaplain Dan's Ministry Letter
Hemet Valley Medical Center
2005 has been a different kind of ministry year. I started by serving as assistant chaplain in the normal capacity going room to room visiting people. I ended up just doing the services on Sundays and working in the kitchen full-time. Let's see a few of the highlights:
'Margaret' had an aching heart. Her son had told her on Christmas Eve that he has a brain tumor and has only less than two years to live. She came to me one day and I got to pray with her about this for her son and family. Keep her in your prayers.
'Richard' didn't know what to believe. We had a discussion about God, but he could not decide if there even was a God. So I asked him, "Have you ever challenged God and read the Bible, asking God to reveal Himself to you?": He said "No, I never thought of that." I also asked him what he believed about God? Is He powerful or weak? Does he care about you or is he faraway? Although we could not seemingly come to a conclusion right then what he believed, I believe the Holy Spirit will keep ministering to Richard for many years to come. We don't always see the fruits of our ministry, we must trust God with the results. Our job is to be faithful to plant the seeds God wants to be planted.
One of the nurses was coming to her car when I was walking to work one day. I could see something was wrong, so I asked. She said she needed more work and just wasn't getting enough even though she worked in several parts of the hospital campus. We prayed right there on the sidewalk together. Three weeks later, I met this same nurse again, and our prayer had been answered. She now has more work and is a lot happier. Praise the Lord!
Several of the executives at our hospital are Christians which is a real blessing. All of my bosses are also Christians. We recently began a prayer meeting in our home on Thursday nights for people to come if they want to pray for the hospital. We have a little devotional, and then we pray about each need that is brought up.
I am not attending college any longer, but instead will concentrate on my writing more, also taking some classes online to improve that. Cathie is still taking piano at the college and may add voice lessons as well. Our daughter Carolyn and son-in-law Nick are doing well and working a lot. We get to see them about twice a month.
Thank you for all your gifts to our ministry this past year, and the constant prayer for us as well. Although our ministry has changed somewhat, it is still going strong with new avenues of approach to help those in need. We still minister at a couple of rest homes once a month, just Cathie and I. This is a real blessing for us. Have a great New Year and may the Lord bless you as you follow Him.
In His Love,
Support Address: HCMA, 377 E. Chapman Ave. Ste. 260, Placentia CA.,92870-5094
Home Address and Phone: 1400 E. Menlo #22, Hemet, Ca. 92544, 951 925 2302
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