Your Stephen Ministers
"I am so thankful for God’s promise of being with us always (Matt 28:20) and providing for us when we are in need. Throughout my life, I have often been cared for and ministered to by godly individuals who came along side me when I was walking through rough waters. It is my hope, that as a Stephen Minister, I can give back the care and love that I received during my tough days to those of you walking through difficult times in your lives."
"Having experienced the care and support from other people during difficult times in my life, I want to be used by God to care for and support others as they walk through difficult times. “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ”. Galatians 6:2"
"My life has been dotted with a number of struggles. God has blessed me with good friends to walk alongside and support me through prayer and listening. I believe that the nature of Stephen Ministry gives me the opportunity to give back to God’s people. I believe He is calling me to do this and I do it humbly as unto my God and Saviour. Micah 6:8: 'He has shown you, o mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God'"
"Many people have told me I’m a
good listener and I hold space for them to share. Through Stephen Ministry training, my skills of listening, holding space and care giving have been further developed and I look forward to serving God through this care ministry."
"Life contradicts. If I want to find true happiness and meaning in life, I have to give up my life and serve others. The Stephen Ministry course has a very gentle way of teaching me how to recognize people in need and how to walk alongside them."
"Life’s difficulties are challenging for each of us. Trying to manage these difficulties on our own makes them even harder. As a Stephen Minister, I look forward to living out Galatians 6:2, “Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.'"
"I know life is tough, and sometimes we need help through those tough times. I see the value in Stephen Ministry because in tough spots in my own life, I wish I had a Stephen Minister myself. This is why I would be honoured to bring hope to someone through their own journey."
"I love caring for people and helping them understand God’s truth about themselves. I believe God has gifted me to care for others through listening and prayer. I hope to be able to walk alongside you trusting that God will bring the healing."
"Stephen Ministry means that I will continue learning, get support and direction to love others better. Deut 10:12 says, 'What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.'"
"When we came to Emmanuel over ten years ago I heard about Stephen Ministry and was immediately interested. I had a heart for people going through rough times and thought there must be a way the church can be more involved. Stephen Ministry was the answer to my prayer that I had been looking for. The opportunity to help others in their challenges has been a true blessing."
"Learning about this amazing ministry and seeing how practical, effective and organized it is, I felt drawn to be apart of it. I love how God focused the program is."
"2 Cor 1:4 says… 'He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.' This verse epitomizes what Stephen Ministry is all about, caring for one another. What a privilege it is to be a part of the Stephen Ministry team at Emmanuel."
"I personally know the value of having someone walk alongside you and support you during a crisis. It is my desire that God will use me to be a comfort and support to someone who needs a listening ear and a reminder of God’s amazing personal love for each individual person."
"My job is to take care of the possible, and trust God with the impossible. I am called to be the hands and feet of Jesus."
"Stephen Ministry lives out what the Church is meant to be: caring for one another, helping each other with our burdens and being a true community. I am excited to be a part of this ministry."
"There are so many hurting people in the world, and so many people who are completely alone. This reality breaks my heart. God has called me to love people, and I am passionate about sharing this love with those in need. Stephen Ministry is an excellent way for Christ’s Church to care for those who are struggling."
"We all go through seasons of difficult experiences. During these times we can feel alone and hopeless. How grateful I am for the Christ-centred care I received during a difficult time in my life that led me back to hope and healing. I am passionate about being part of Stephen Ministry that equips and connects caring people with those in need."