Send the Light Health Ministry
Send the Light Health Ministry is a Ministry of Caring and an extension of the pastoral ministry. Within the church structure it provides a means of teaching, sharing, informing and supporting the health care needs of the people of Send The Light Church and the local community. It is a volunteer program to the church through the Faith Community Nursing Program at St. Joseph Mercy -Oakland hospital from Pontiac, Michigan. The Send the Light Faith Community Nursing Health Ministry is a unique health ministry, Christ-centered and biblically based. The purpose of it is to help with the health care concerns of the individuals of the church and the surrounding community. The Health Ministry serves through prayer for the bodily needs physically, emotionally and mentally. The ministry provides current health care information, blood pressure monitoring, home visitation, local referrals for resources and monitoring of individual’s specific health care needs physically. The Send the Light Health Ministry is a holistic ministry of prayer, encompassing the “whole” person: spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally, with reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ as our ultimate healer.
The principle is taken from scripture: in which sickness and affliction are addressed spiritually and physically. “Jesus Christ the same; yesterday, to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8.
1 Corinthians 6:19; “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
And James 5:13-16, ” Is any afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of the faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”.
We believe in miraculous healing, the same today as it occurred during Jesus’ ministry, and the laying on of hands and anointing as the scripture states. Also, healing can occur in the absence of a “cure” medically.
Historically and scriptually the “local church” has always been a place of healing. Faith Community Nursing is an international program having it’s auspices in the city of Chicago through a Lutheran pastor, Granger Westburg in 1985. He recognized a need was present for physical healing as well as spiritual healing within the church . Faith Community Nursing is an American Nurses Association sub-specialty recognized nationally. The program follows the American Nurses Association standards of care set up for Faith Community Nursing. Kathleen Romberger is a registered nurse, BSN prepared with 17 years of experience in Faith Community Nursing and more than 40 years of nursing experience.
“The Lord is the ultimate healer and He is my source of help in the health ministry. I count it a privilege to provide for the health needs of the Bride of Jesus Christ whereever He directs me.”