Rebuilding broken walls
The Ministry of the Chaplain – Restoring Broken Lives
I believe that as Christ Followers, we are called upon to lead people into a place of healing and reconciliation; to be restorers of broken communities, broken relationships and brokenness. Christ bought healing wherever He went. His presence led people into a place of healing, not only physical, but emotional too.
The vision of a Community Chaplaincy Service is to continue that servant work of meeting people’s needs in their time of crisis. To offer to our community, a servanthood service based on the scriptures found in Isaiah 58:12 and Matthew 5:13. The broken walls ministry model is based on the scriptures found in Isaiah 58:12:
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; You will be called repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
As much as this scripture in its proper context was aimed at the rebuilding of Jerusalem, it has come to mean for many a rebuilding of community, of family and of people’s lives devastated by trauma, crisis, addictions, sorrow and grief. The chaplain, in his greater congregation of the community to which he or she is called has an opportunity to bring God’s healing touch, his presence of peace and glorious compassion. Isaiah 61: 1 also writes :
He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, To proclaim freedom for the captives, And release from darkness for the prisoners.
This scripture declares that the people we meet are broken, hurt, oppressed and struggling in emotional and spiritual darkness. Whether it is a person struggling with depression, grief or despair, we as chaplains are provided with an avenue and link to these people to provide assistance and guidance that an ordinary church may not have an opportunity to make contact with.
Whatever our personal journey up to this point, or reason for answering the call to the ministry of the Chaplain, God calls us to be a light in this darkness in Matthew 5:13
You are the Light of the World. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Each time we assist a family at an accident scene, or support a young wife devastated by the loss of her husband we bring into the darkness Gods light, love, healing and comfort. We may not see change in that moment, but change comes.
I was sent a message from someone who as a young girl, had been assisted by a Chaplain many years ago. Today she is happily married with children of her own. In that moment years ago, she was encouraged and strengthened by Gods presence and love.
God worked though a Chaplain led by His Holy Spirit and changed a young girls life. Don’t underestimate the change you can bring by being obedient and available – allow God to work through you.
Chaplain Philip Stoneman