Chaplain Minister Training

Chaplain Minister Training

My name is Steve Mercado and I am receiving chaplain minister training at Christian Leaders Institute. For the longest time, there has always been an itch in the back of my head needing to be scratched. I come from a large family and we were raised at an irrigation farm where my father tended the crops for the owner. We were never lacking necessities, but we were poor. Eventually, we moved into town when the owner sold the land.

After high school, my brothers and sisters and I went our separate ways. After my dad passed, I moved home to watch over my mom. She was having a hard time after my dad died with depression and my family didn’t know how to help her. Eventually, she became ill and I became her caregiver. It was at this time that the itch started to go away. At the hospital and hospice, I saw a lot of lonely people. Some were even waiting to die alone. I wanted to help, but how?

It wasn’t until a few months ago that I started to hunger and ache to feed that empty feeling. I don’t why God chose this time to call me on His team this late in my life. But I’m signing up and going as long as I can and wherever He tells me. I want to minister to the sick and lonely such at hospitals and hospice. I volunteer at the hospital but I don’t have the training to really help. I just lend a shoulder. That’s why I’m here at Christian Leaders Institute. I feel called to fill a needful purpose. With free ministry training at CLI, I will be able to be used by God to minister to the lonely and sick as a chaplain minister.

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