BeFrienders

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           Mission Statement
The mission of the BeFriender Ministry is to educate, form, and support men and women as leaders for a listening ministry of care.  Based on a model of mutuality, this national and ecumenical ministry heals hearts, energizes communities, and transforms a suffering world.

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            Role of BeFriender
BeFrienders provide a listening presence to others who are experiencing transitional situations such as illness, loneliness, loss of loved one.   They embody the caring presence of God and of the community and serve as a living reminder of God’s love.  

  Foundation Principles

God is Present  

     Caring not curing   

     Non judgmental Presence

     Active Listening  

 

   Out of Solitude
The friend who can be silent with us
in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us in an hour of grief or bereavement,
who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing,
and face with us the reality of our powerlessness,
that is the friend who cares.  by Henri Nouwen