Guest Article: Pam Breuker Tells The Griefshare Story
Back in 2011, a program called GriefShare started at First Christian Reformed church. At that time we felt that there was a void in the church and community for those who are grieving. Grief can leave many unresolved issues in a death.
Thus, we discovered there was a need to provide a grief recovery ministry from a biblical perspective. Together, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we started a GriefShare ministry for the community. GriefShare, centered on a 13- week video series titled “Your Journey from Mourning to Joy”, provides that Christ-centered perspective on grieving.
We have run the video series...
...11 times so far and have been so encouraged by comments from participants. We share a couple of those here.
One participant said: “Thank you for being the host church for the GriefShare program. This program has helped me so much. It has been 5 month since my husband’s death and with these classes and great facilitators; I feel God is leading me on a path of understanding and maybe even a little joy.”
Another on said: “After my husband passed in August, I did not have a hopeful future. I did not know how to move forward without him. Then I participated in your GriefShare class. It renewed my hope and deepened my faith in Christ. My life focus has shifted. I will forever be grateful for the help I got through GriefShare!”
We have been so blessed to have our church be a support to this program. God has shown His hand through each session. We never know how many we will have, but we leave that entirely in God’s hands and He has never disappointed us yet.
We are preparing to start our 12th series on March 2, 2017. We currently have 3 dedicated facilitators--- Laurie Breuker, Anne Luchies, and Kathy Shira. However, we continue to look for someone to replace Maynard DeKryger. Another person who supports and works with the program is Joy Meyers. Our time spent with GS is rewarding but also a commitment.
IF you know of anyone who is searching because of a death, please share this information and have them give us a call. We are happy to explain things further.
Please pray for God to lead the hurting people to GriefShare as we begin this journey again come March.
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