Life is a journey, in all its colour, richness, depth and spontaneity. But despite our best intentions, things don’t always turn out the way we expect or plan.
'Where is God now?'
This is a common question when we suddenly find ourselves or a loved one extremely vulnerable due to an accident, illness or legal ruling which places us or our loved one in hospital or prison. It is also a common question when we are faced with an external disaster in our community, such as fires or floods.
During these dark times of personal, family or community crises, remember that you don’t have to suffer alone.
The LCA SA-NT District continues to coordinate Lutheran pastors and recruit, resource, coordinate and support volunteer lay-chaplains and spiritual care visitors for hospital, prison and disaster and recovery ministries.
Our ordained and lay chaplains and spiritual care visitors keep working hard to be available to listen deeply to you or your loved one’s questions and fears in a crisis. They will also remind you of God’s loving presence in Christ while being at your side in person or on the phone (e.g. due to a government health directive).
If you or a loved one is in a crisis in hospital or in prison, and are unable to find a local Lutheran pastor or lay-chaplain for support, or if you would like to consider becoming a volunteer Lutheran chaplain in a hospital, prison or disaster and recovery ministry, please contact Chaplain Heidi Smith.