The BeFriender ministry team serves as a living reminder of God’s love by providing care as a listening presence to anyone experiencing a life transition or challenge. Trained volunteer lay ministers accept their assigned individuals as they are, without telling them how they should be. They listen with compassion without giving advice, and allow individuals to make their own decisions. By providing spiritual and emotional care, team members provide an opportunity for those they befriend to make choices and grow. Some examples of situations when you or a loved one may benefit from connecting with a BeFriender include:
- Chronic or acute illness
- Infertility/birth/adoption/empty nest
- Stress of caregiving
- Death of a loved one
- Job loss/change
- Parenting challenges
- Natural disaster
BeFriender relationship matches, which are made by the Leadership Team, are held in confidentiality within the program, and the length of the connections are determined by the people involved.
During COVID-19, BeFrienders meet virtually with their partners. If you would like a BeFriender to journey with you, please contact Rev. David Tsai Shinn or Rev. Judy Kim. Additional information about the ministry can be found on the national BeFriender Ministry website.