It has been said, “Love is the basis of godliness. Whatever the profession, no man has pure love to God unless he has unselfish love for his brother. ... The completeness of Christian character is attained when the impulse to help and bless others springs constantly from within—when the sunshine of heaven fills the heart and is revealed in the countenance.” -- Ellen G White, Christ’s Object Lessons, p.384.
At the heart of the care-giving ministry is the unselfish love for others.
The care-giving ministry is a support ministry. These individuals have been given the gift of often seeing in others possibilities that, without their care, would never be reached. Their role is like that of Michelangelo who once wrote, “I saw an angel in the stone and carved to set it free.”
There are other caregivers, however, who minister to those who seem to have no mental alertness, who are plagued with some form of dementia. We are reminded that “Love [care-giving] is the basis of godliness.” Caring for those who cannot respond is one of the most challenging yet needed forms of ministry.
Ever before the caregiver is the realization that they become the face of God to those under their care:
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.
Psalm 103:13, 14
If you are a caregiver and would like us to form a support ministry for those who are caregivers, please write to SpecialNeeds@gc.adventist.org