Serving as a pastoral carer continues to be a very humbling yet rewarding experience, when at the bed-side you represent Jesus, praying in His name for courage, comfort, patience and faith for the sick person, and then standing back and watching Jesus at work. He is indeed “the same yesterday, today and tomorrow" and His healing hand remains outstretched to heal and to hold. We have also had the nursing staff at the hospitals asking “please pray for our hands as well, that God may continue to strengthen us and use us." This we have found very encouraging but also a little daunting, yet we are assured that “those who Jesus calls He also equips."
It is our dream to have carers in each suburb and retirement village or home. In this regard we have asked Malcolm Foster to give us a short morning course on a Saturday that everyone involved in caring or wanting to join the team could attend to increase their insight and answer some of their questions regarding this ministry.
We would welcome everybody willing to give time to visit, care and pray with those who are lonely, sick or who alert us of those in need of pastoral visitation by our Ministers. We thank both James and Malcolm for always being willing and available to visit when called on. We thank God for their leadership and example. Through their love and service lives have been touched and some have come to commitment to Jesus Christ. We thank the wonderful carers who help us to remain in touch, some for many years.
Proudly yet humbly we can say we are part of a caring Church whose motto is "To know Christ; to love one another; and to touch a broken world in His name.” God would love to hear you say " here I am Lord send me " to be a Carer of your people.
Jeff Kent and Dorette Coetzee
Comfort & Encouragement during BEREAVEMENT
God has said: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
In the ministry with which I am involved, my aim is to bring comfort, encouragement and practical help to people who are mourning the loss of a loved one and to help them to develop lives that can become rich and rewarding again. Losing someone you love is one of the most difficult, stressful and devastating experiences in life. One thing that can help is to share experiences with someone who has been through a similar ordeal.
Grief is a natural, God-given process of recovery. It is a necessary process that brings healing to the heart and helps us adjust to life without the person we have loved and lost. I try to help people realise that real comfort comes only from God who is here to assist us to light up the way and give us direction and hope as we travel the journey of grief. We will experience comfort through the precious words of Scripture, through the awareness of His presence, and through the physical presence of friends and loved ones whom God Himself has placed in our lives.
We remember all who have died this last year:
“We remember all who have gone before us,
and we thank You for their influence on our lives.
Be close to those who mourn,
comfort them in their grief and
increase their faith in your undying love.
May they not grieve as those with no hope.
Grant to them faith in times of sadness
and strengthen their hearts
with the knowledge of Your love.
May they hold onto You when times are dark,
always trusting in Your unfailing love. Amen.
As God comforts us He reminds us that every night season knows the dawn;
that every winter is followed by spring; that every storm is followed by calm.
His comfort brings hope instead of hopelessness, rest instead of despair
and He is our constant companion.
Ken & Andree Coetzer
Ken: 079 880 2248
Andree: 082 898 6757
Monthly Bereavement & Loss Support Group at Hospice
Monthly Bereavement &
Loss Support Group
Open to the public - everyone welcome
Where: Overstrand Hospice Hermanus
10 Hope Street, in the Boardroom
Phone the office for the next meeting date.
Office contact: 028 312 4679
Fransil Kotze - Social Worker 082 947 3746