A Stephen Minister is...
I was already separated from my husband, but the divorce knocked me off center. I
had finally accepted that there would be no reconciliation (that took a while), but
there’s a finality to the signed divorce papers. That, combined with caring for my
darling daughter who was not on board with the divorce, managing my dear son who
was a handful and a half, cobbling together employment that would support us, I was
overwhelmed. I was already a Stephen Minister, so I knew the value of having a
Stephen Minister, so I requested one. I’m so glad that I did. We met weekly, and I was
able to process my loss and my challenges with someone who was caring and kind and
reliable and wise. It was almost like a hug from Mom (I had lost her several years
before). Stephen Ministry helped me to get through the anxiety and pain associated
with my circumstances. My life didn’t change significantly, but I was better able to
handle what that life presented to me. I am forever grateful for the time that I spent
with my Stephen Minister.