I recall an interview where Evangelist, Billy Graham was asked when he would retire. The essence of his brief reply was, “Well, I don’t find the word ‘retirement’ in the Bible.” As I write this, Rev. Graham is still actively reaching others for Christ well into his 90s.
So is Rev. Jim McMillan, CBAmerica chaplain, who retired from hospice ministry on April 30, 2014. After moving to Florida, Chaplain Jim, like Rev. Graham, found that he couldn’t just sit around and “enjoy a well-earned retirement,” while people were dying and going to a Christ-less eternity. Instead, he looked around and found a new ministry he could pursue; serving as interim chaplain with Cornerstone Hospice. Jim tried to use the new CBAmerica web-based electronic chaplain ministry report, but it wouldn’t work for him (Has that ever happened to you?). Not to be deterred from reporting in, he printed his report, and mailed it the “old fashioned way.” What Jim shared warmed my heart. “I had the privilege of baptizing a patient who had wanted baptism, but no one was available to do so.” I understand Jim discovered that therapeutic whirlpools have a good secondary religious purpose. “It was a God-appointment.” Who better than a seasoned chaplain to recognize God’s hand! ” I also was able to help a retired West Point grad reconnect with his faith shortly before his death.” Jim’s words remind me of Romans 4:14: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Chaplain Jim inspires me.
He closed his ministry report requesting prayer for: “Continued opportunities as I serve as a spiritual care volunteer.” Will you join me and pray for Chaplain Jim, and the dozen or so hospice chaplains ministering under CBAmerica? Pray that they would be alert and available to the Spirit’s leading to hearts ready for the Gospel.
If you sense God’s call into professional or volunteer hospice chaplaincy, and would like information on how to secure an “Endorsement” for this or other chaplaincy ministries, click this link to CBAmerica’s Director of Chaplaincy for a brochure, “Ecclesiastical Endorsement: What it is, What it is not, How Long it takes.”
Director of Chaplaincy
3686 Stagecoach Rd, Unit F
Longmont, CO 80504-5660