Posted by Alison Lopez on 15th Aug 2019
We live in a broken world with broken people. Often it is easy to ignore the needs of the people around us. But what would God want us to do? In His ministry here on earth, Jesus reached out to the most hurt, most abused, and most reviled members of His community. He healed not only their bodies but their spirits. Should we do any less?
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a unique opportunity to serve the hurting in their community through a Home-Based Care ministry. With our mission to love, serve, and teach, and with the numerous church resources already available, we can do what many others cannot—be the safe haven of health and healing that God intends His church to be.
While this book focuses on ministry to individuals and their families dealing with HIV and AIDS, the principles found here can be applied to anyone with a terminal illness who finds himself/herself on the other side of accepted society. It shows us that instead of being critical, we should accept where people and their choices have led them, doing our best to minister with the love and care of Jesus.
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Judy Mathers is a pastor in the Northern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She earned a bachelor's degree in theology from Andrews University and a master's degree in clinical pastoral counseling with a specialization in HIV and AIDS ministry from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In working as a pastor in South Africa and while earning her master's degree, Judy realized her call to minister to the needs of broken people, specifically to those who were dealing with a terminal illness, whether their own or in their families.
In 2002 Judy was appointed as the first female pastor in the Cape Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in South Africa. Currently, she is the Associate Pastor for Evangelism in Aroostook County in northern Maine, serving three churches in the area. Her life is made complete by the love and support of her husband and partner in ministry. She enjoys the constant companionship of the love of her life and husband, Pastor Arnet Mathers.
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