Steve and Lyn – Shared learning

By: Tranzsend  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Baptist

Steve and Lyn – Shared learning

Saturday, 17 March 2012 00:00
During their last home assignment, Lyn took an opportunity to do some intensive chaplaincy training at Auckland Hospital. Having moved away from a nursing role over the years, she felt she was missing some of that people contact and wanted to enhance her capacity for pastoral care through Oasis."CPE (Chaplaincy) seemed to be the combining of my two strengths," she says, "and I had hoped that this would prepare me to be involved in a chaplaincy program here." While the official chaplaincy role hasn't eventuated, Lyn has found plenty of outlets for her gifts and training."God has been opening doors forme to spend more time one-on-one with people not only from the Oasis community but also from the wider community with referrals both through the clinic and through word of mouth," Lyn says.This has also led to opportunities for training others. Recently Lyn was invited to participate in a women's conference in a large city to the north. She had two workshops with 25 women in each. These ladies represented most continents including Asia, and were a broad mix of nationalities. Lyn's workshop focused on listening skills to empower women to minister more fully through something as simple as conversation."It was about listening with the whole self; entering into another's journey and speaking Christ into another's life, enabling that person to discover avenues that they themselves can try to help navigate life issues," she says.The feedback was encouraging. It also provided Lyn with a chance to reflect on her own learning in this field and assess her own progress.Closer to home, Lyn's pastoral care work continues. She has partnered with a clinical psychologist who is helping her frame some of the more complex issues she addresses. Having this support adds to her confidence.
Lyn knows that pastoral care and training others can be exhausting, challenging and yet so valuable. She is thankful for the training she has undergone and is determined to offer it to God for His use. As she says, "God never wastes anything!"
 

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