Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A New Challenge

For nearly three years I have been a chaplain in a few care centers in my area. I love what I do and each week I am so blessed to join my dear friends in each place. They encourage me, challenge me and inspire me to reach a little higher. When I am struggling they are a reminder that there is always strength for my day. No matter what. I can make it.

I began my chaplain ministry in a community just a ways south of my home. The residents and staff there are very special people. I look forward to my time with them each week. Until now I have ministered there through my affiliation with Love Your Neighbor Ministries, a chaplain ministry to healthcare settings. Recently I was approached by a great young man from the corporate offices with a new opportunity. A new position was being developed. Never done before. In addition to the care center where I go the corporation also owns eight other facilties throughout Oregon. They realized that nothing was being done to care for the residents' spiritual needs. As a result a new department, Chaplain Services, was formed and the groundwork laid to hire chaplains for each of their facilities. I have had the chance to be involved for several weeks, helping evaluate job descriptions, report forms and other publications and information to be used in this program. Now everything is in place. The time has arrived for the program to be initiated. It's time to begin!

I feel so privileged that I was offered the part-time chaplain position in the facility where I go each Tuesday morning. I accepted the position, completed all the hiring paperwork and became an employee. Two mornings a week I will be in-house, visiting and ministering to each resident. Friendships will be formed and strengthened. Stories will be shared. Prayers will be spoken as requested and needed. Hugs will be in order. Tea will be shared. Now I will have more time to share myself, my love and most important - my God - with the dear ones I have come to respect and love. I feel honored. And so blessed.

Early this morning I will drive about two hours south to the Eugene, Oregon area where I will spend the next two days in Chaplain Orientation and Training. Together with other chaplains I will gain new knowledge to prepare me for the task ahead. My heart will be challenged and my mind will be filled with a lot of information. This has never been done in these facilities. We are charting new territory. Blazing new trails. Marking the path for those who come behind us.

I will be away from home today and tomorrow. I am excited. Nervous. Overwhelmed. But most all blessed. Very blessed.

9 comments:

  1. Oh Adrienne! Congratulations on this exciting new chapter in your career. I know this is where your heart is and it is wonderful that you have this opportunity. I can tell you are excited. I wish you the best, and I know you will be a blessing to the people you minister to:>)

    Hugs
    Kathy

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  2. Congratulations Adrienne! God is so good - He leads us to the places where we can best serve Him and where we can bless others, and we come away feeling blessed ourselves.

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  3. God has provided this wonderful opportunity to you to share your gift which he gave you.

    So many will benefit from your love.

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  4. Congratulations! What a wonderful opportunity for you and for your new employer! I hope they realize what a gift God has given them.

    Can't wait to hear more about this new adventure!

    Blessings & hugs!
    Liz

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  5. Wonderful news Adrienne. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Pat

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  6. Good luck and congrats--you'll be great!

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  7. I wish you the very best in this adventure, Adrienne.
    hugs, bj

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  8. That sounds wonderful, Adrienne. They are very blessed to have you.

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  9. Oh Adrienne!! I'm so excited for you!! You are such a blessing to so many.

    Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

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