Triumph Through Cancer Support Ministry
Cancer is a word that puts fear in all of us. The uncertainty of what lies ahead is not something we want to go through alone, but so often, we do not know where to turn for help. Living with cancer every day is becoming the norm for many in our congregation. All of this only diminishes our quality of life, and can keep us from having success in our recovery. God does not intend for anyone to go through these life changing journeys alone. The road to healing is a difficult one that will pose many challenges to all dimensions of a patient’s life – physical, emotional and spiritual. Being there 100% of the time can be draining on the caregiver or other family members, and leave them feeling helpless and sometimes hopeless. As we all participate in this journey, we each have words of inspiration and healing to share that will give us a sense of optimism and hope. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
When those we love are suffering, we sometimes feel helpless and wish we could do more to help. We can. We can lift their needs up to the Lord in prayer, crying out to Him on their behalf. Because the treatment process often hinders a person’s own spiritual outlook, our support can make all the difference. Next to God, we need each other most. The need is great in our church to comfort those on this journey, and to share the hope we have found in Jesus Christ.
We are starting a support group for those in the battle of their lives. By using men and women who have been on the front lines, and returned with battle scars, we will have more credibility and understanding to know what the person with cancer is going through – the questions, the doubts and the fears. Have you ever considered how God might use you to comfort someone with cancer? “But I am suffering myself,” you reply. Yes, but who better to reach out with understanding, empathy and genuine concern. As A.W. Tozer reminds us, getting our eyes off of our own troubles is “a blessed riddance.” Our support will extend to those with cancer, their families and their caregivers.
For more information about this ministry, to find out how you can be encouraged, or become an encourager, please contact Sherry Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-860-9991.
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