Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Working Wednesday: What is LIFT?

We've mentioned LIFT in the previous two posts, and now it's time to say more about it.

What is LIFT? LIFT is a ministry of compassionate care to the chronically or terminally. Through LIFT, volunteers are trained to visit individuals and provide non-medical assistance. The circle of care also extends to loved ones who are often the individual's primary caregivers and who face pressures that can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining.

LIFT volunteers report to a Care Coordinator and meet regularly with each other for encouragement and support. They help their care recipients by ministering in simple, creative, and practical ways:
  • Run errands
  • Walk the dog
  • Help with housework
  • Bake a cake
  • Bring fresh flowers
  • Read the Bible out loud
  • Shovel snow
  • Help with correspondence
  • Do yard work
  • Drive patient to the doctor's office
  • Be a friend
  • Listen
  • Bring encouragement
LIFT is an ideal outreach of the local church -- to church members and people in the community. It also sends important messages to the world at-large: 
  1. Human life is sacred
  2. God is sovereign over life
  3. Jesus Christ conquered sin and death
  4. God's people serve others through compassion ministries
Learn more:

What is LIFT? from Life Matters Worldwide

LIFT on our website
The messages LIFT sends
How not to flinch in the face of suffering

Postscript: An award-winning movie -- Amour -- advocates euthanasia and shows why ministries such as LIFT are needed.

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