"Example Vision Statement"
people begin the HopeKeepers groups in their
churches, but sometimes facing the pastoral
staff or the leadership can be a little intimidating.
They often want some kind of presentation about
how the person with the passion to do this envisions
it coming to fruition. One HopeKeepers leader
was kind enough to share what she presented
to her church.
Leaders Group in our Sunroom
to hear more about HopeKeepers
Statement for my Church About HopeKeepers
the author, Cindy Andrews at
if you'd like
ideas, help, feedback, etc.
can be a series of devastating dominoes,
and you can't cope alone, but by meeting
others who can offer support and learning
that God is there always, you can make
it through - "If God brings you to
it, HE will lead you through it".
This is the first and last message that
I would like others to learn and remember.
When we are afflicted with a chronic illness,
what is the first thing we normally say?
"I don't deserve this! WHY Father
are you allowing my life to change in
so many ways? It's all unfair! Why should
I have so much anguish, anger, and yes
there is pain and suffering in our lives,
we have a choice as to how we will respond.
We can choose to get angry and depressed
and hurt by the pain, which at times is
emotional and spiritual pain. This is
the quandary surrounding our lives. This
is why I would like to reach out to others
and lead them to trust God with our pain
and our spiritual walk.
vision - The manner in which I see Gods'
word being brought to others in the midst
of a group of those afflicted with a chronic
out to those who hurt physically, emotionally
and spiritually through a small-scale
Bible study. These Bible studies would
not only be from scriptures including
Job, Psalms, and Proverbs, but from resources
such as Rest Ministries, and books like
Suffering in Slow Motion by Pamela and
Richard Kennedy, When God Is Silent by
Charles R. Swindoll (and other resources
by Mr. Swindoll for those who are hurting),
and Phillip Keller's book The inspirational
Writings. We would be taking excerpts
from all of these books and others, and
making it into a time of learning and
discovering that there is reason and purpose
for God allowing things to happen.
time for discussions and encouragement
at each study.
time for those in the group and others
in the church and the community through
names given to us anonymously or from
the Elders or other leaders in the church.
it states in James 5:14 Is any one of
you sick? He should call the elders of
the church to pray over him anoint him
with oil in the name of the Lord. This
is a practice that I would like to have
applied to those in this outreach. It
could be done as a group at one of the
meetings to those who which to participate.
would like to see this as a group where
people who suffer can come and feel comfortable
and hear that others are going through
similar situations. This would be where
they can cry, and speak their truths of
pain and we can show them that God is
here for each and every one of us. If
we can help them with their physical and
emotional needs, we can then help meet
their spiritual needs.
to our community through some in the group
who may be physically or mentally challenged
at times but who want to share and witness,
(i.e. those who are not having a bad day
that day with their disease). This would
include going to rehabilitation or care
homes to read the word of God and share
praise so those within the group, as well
as those we are visiting, may have the
opportunity to not only hear HIS word
but also to respond to others needing
Jesus and know that they are not alone
in their particular situation.
would be a need of course to have the
help of certain individuals willing to
be involved and that feel the need to
help others in these types of situations
and to delegate certain duties accordingly.
would also be good to have a small newsletter
go out after each meeting to recap, and
to invite others who can help.
certain meetings to be meetings of praise
and worship. Have someone who can play
guitar or piano and someone who can sing
in tune (which is not me) come and lead
the group in praise. One of my favorite
books for songs of praise is Then Sings
My Soul with over 150 of the world's
greatest hymns and the stories about each.
should be a follow up after each meeting
via email or phone. Phone is the best
option for those who were not able to
attend but who are in need and see how
they are doing and pray with them at
have prayed about this for many months and
I would love to help and be a part of a ministry,
an affinity group such as this, and would
be humbled if allowed. I have seen God do
incredible things in my life even before I
was a Christian, and after becoming a child
of God. My life has not been a story book
of happiness and freedom from Satan. I constantly
struggle with my health BUT I have learned
that God is there and my faith factor is solid
in Him. I continue to try and learn through
reading God's word and through the many Bible
studies that I am in now or have attended.
My need, and my desire, is to help others
find their way to God through their suffering.
By listening, guiding, and offering them fellowship
and support, I believe we can faithfully minister
to those in our church and community who may
feel abandoned, alone and separated from others
and from God because of serious, chronic or
can make us more like Christ as clearly
shown in Phil 3:10; Hebrews 2:10, along
with so many other passages in the Bible
on suffering and faith. I am praying that
this is what everyone will walk away with.