Ministering to Suffering Children and Parents

nationwide-childrens-logoOne of the most difficult things for adults to endure is the suffering of children.  Over the years, while standing at bedside, I have heard many parents exclaim through tears, “If only I could take my child’s pain, I would.  I can’t bear to watch her suffering so.”   Chaplain David Kuntz’ daily ministry involves the suffering of children and their parents.  He is a staff chaplain at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; a primary pediatric hospital in Columbus, Ohio, with more than 1,170 medical staff members and nearly 10,000 total employees.

Imagine walking down a hospital corridor, and a public affairs specialist calls you over for an “on-the-spot” interview.  The journalist says, “For the record, would you share a little bit about why you like being a chaplain?”  To read David’s response, follow this link to his interview in Nationwide Children’s Hospital “Employee News Update.”

I invite you to join me in praying for “Reverend David,” as he ministers non-stop to children, parents, and other loved ones, as well as to the 10,000 employees of that amazing hospital.  Pray that he would have open eyes, ears, and heart to discern the spiritual needs of each one he encounters.   Pray that each one will eventually open their hearts to Jesus.

Pray also for David as he has applied for commissioning as an Army Reserve chaplain.  The review board meets the first week of November.  I believe David will make an effective reserve military chaplain.  Join me in praying that the members of the chaplains board will agree.

Chaplain Andy Meverden
Director of Chaplaincy

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Reverend David