聖經的使徒行傳六章記載,司提反是第一位被使徒揀選的弟兄,來照顧有需要的人。他不僅有好名聲,大有信心,又被聖靈充滿,智慧充足。司提反事工(Stephen Ministry) 以這位先賢為名,創立於1975年,秉持著神愛世人的原則,和教會合作,訓練有志於關懷的人,走出教會,安慰傷心人。四十多年來,有13000個教會加入這個大家庭,75000位牧師或個人受訓成為司提反導師,60萬位基督徒,接受優質的培訓成為第一線的司提反關懷者,陪伴超過150萬人,走出人生的艱難,經歷耶穌豐盛的祝福!生活在21世紀的今天,不斷更新的網路新聞,讓我們對國家的遠景焦慮,對人性的黑暗痛心!而科技的進步,教人與人之間的距離,產生咫尺天涯的感慨!生命中的磨難,無所不在,不幸的際遇,俯拾皆是。人生的盼望在哪兒? 可以依靠的肩膀何處尋?
其實在兩千多年前,耶穌已經安慰了我們:”我將這些事告訴你們,是要叫你們在我裡面有平安。在世上,你們有苦難;但你們可以放心,我已經勝了世界“ ~約翰福音16:33
有一首詩歌說:「分享的快樂加倍地多,分擔的痛苦格外地輕!」任何一個曾經在憂患中,被扶持過的人,必然完全能領會其中的真義!司提反事工招募訓練司提反關懷者,就是期盼在一個尊重個人隱私的安全環境,以一對一的關懷模式,把耶穌的愛和盼望,藉著陪伴與禱告,與在生命低谷中的人,分擔痛苦,同走一程!

世上無人不經憂患!懂得尋求幫助的人是勇敢的,也是有福的!如果您自己或您的朋友正因著下面這些原因而困擾,歡迎您與我們聯絡:失去親人,住院,分居,離婚,寂寞,沮喪,失業,靈性低潮,重症,老化,慢性疾病,流產,搬家,收養,經歷災變, 等等。雖然司提反關懷者不能解決您的問題,但藉著傾聽和代禱,盼望您能看到隧道盡頭的亮光,重拾邁步的勇氣……

我們期待與您同走一程,歡迎您與我們聯絡: (408) 614-7787

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Would you like to have someone walk alongside you through the hardships of life?

In chapter 6 of the book of Acts, Stephen is the first individual selected to take care of the needs of the poor and oppressed. He was said to be not only a man of good repute, but also “full of faith” and “full of the Spirit and of wisdom”. From this figure comes the inspiration for the name of the Stephen Ministry. Founded in 1975 on the foundation of God’s love for the world, and unity with the church, Stephen Ministry seeks to train up individuals with the gift of caring, so that they can be the physical manifestation of God’s comfort to hurting people in the community.

For more than 40 years, over 13,000 congregations have signed up to be a Stephen Ministry congregation; 75,000 pastors and other individuals have been trained to become Stephen Leaders; and 600,000 Christians have received high-quality training to become front-line caregivers (Stephen Ministers). 1.5 million people, in the midst of grief and suffering, have experienced the blessings of Jesus through this ministry!

Living in the 21st century where we are constantly bombarded with information and news, it’s no wonder we feel so much anxiety, for our nation, for our families, and for ourselves. In the midst of scientific and technological advancement, we feel the increasing loneliness and distance between ourselves and other people. In the midst of difficulties that are seemingly unending, who can we place my hopes on? Where can we turn to for comfort?

Two thousand years ago, Jesus already comforted us with these words: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

There is a Swedish proverb that says, “Shared joy is double the joy; shared sorrow is half the sorrow”. Anyone who has felt supported in times of sorrow will understand the meaning of that saying! Stephen Ministers are trained to give one-on-one care, providing a safe, confidential environment that brings Jesus’ hope through companionship, encouragement, and prayer in the lowest moments of people’s lives. They share the pain and walk together with their care receivers!

Everyone in this world has experienced suffering at some point. Those who step out to seek help are brave, and very blessed! Please contact us if you or someone you know is going through crises and hard life transitions, including but not limited to: loss of loved ones, hospitalization, divorce, loneliness, depression, unemployment, spiritual doubt, chronic diseases, miscarriage, moving, adoption, pregnancy, new parenthood, and much more.

At Home of Christ, we have 27 wonderful and compassionate Stephen Ministers who are ready to care for you and meet you where you’re at. Through having a Stephen Minister to listen to you and help you to process, we hope and pray that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and regain the courage to move forward.

We eagerly anticipate to walk with you on this journey. You can leave a message for us at 408-614-7787.