Coping with cancer is difficult even with a strong support network, which many people don’t have. Here are some ways your ministry can reach out to those going through a difficult season of life.

  • Prayer Bears. Ask people to donate new, cuddly teddy bears, or make your own. Pray over each bear, tucking a note into a pock or tying it to each bear’s hand.
  • Healing Touch. Cancer patients get poked and prodded regularly. Provide some balance with a loving touch such as simple manicures or hand massages. Be sensitive to areas that commonly have tape and needle pricks through procedures. Even a simple touch on the arm while speaking to someone can be an encouragement.
  • Four-Legged Friendships. Pet owners who are ill may stress about the consistent care of the pets they adore. Offer to take a pet for a walk or stop by in the middle of the day to give the animal a snack and some fresh water.
  • Auto Maintenance. After traveling to and from medical appointments and treatments, there is often little energy and time left for regular tasks such as car maintenance. Offer to get the oil changed, tires checked, and gas tank filled.
  • Offer to Organize Meals. Many churches have programs that allow home-cooked meals to be delivered to those who are going through difficult times. Providing food gives others a tangible way to help and a quick visit can boost spirits.
  • Give the Gift of Books. There are so many fantastic books that can not only encourage, but also help us escape our sometimes harsh realities.

Reaching out to people in need is an amazing opportunity to share God’s love. Friendships can blossom and grow out of spending time listening and praying with others during difficult seasons.