Encouragement Ministries is a compassionate, Christian presence in a crisis.We encourage patients and their families to discover and rely upon their spiritual resources during hospitalization.


To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and sing it to them when they’ve forgotten. (Author unknown).

Posted on January 22

I read this quote a few days ago and it has become a lyric in my heart.  I read it every morning and ask myself, “Whose song do I need to learn OR who needs me to sing their song to them today?”  We continue our journey through a pandemic that has changed our daily […]

“And because I knew you, I have been changed, For Good.”

Posted on June 19

From Russ — Thirty years ago, my family and I were in a time of transition and the idea of starting a pastoral care ministry to work with patients and their families in hospitals began to take shape.  After much prayer and discussion, the funds were raised to begin what is now known as Encouragement […]

Choosing the Right Card

Posted on February 28

Paulette Fewell has been working with Encouragement Ministries for nine months. She has been a wonderful addition to our work and I continue to be deeply grateful for her leadership and her gifted service.  Recently, I had a conversation with her about Valentine’s day. As we talked, her mind became reflective about how carefully chosen […]

Listen To God

Posted on February 07

The First Lesson in Encouragement: Listen to God There are many practical suggestions to encouraging people when they are struggling and losing hope, but the first lesson in encouragement is not about what to say. It is to pay attention to God and to do the thing He asks you to do. I was reminded […]