We recently had the privilege of attending a one day conference on compassionate crisis care. One of the discussions was on burnout, otherwise known as compassion fatigue. When a leader is suffering from burnout, not only are they not healthy themselves but also they are not able to help others. One of the main causes of burnout is the leader not having the time to take care of themselves. These leaders desperately need people to come alongside of them and help them to be able to help others. This same principle is seen in the Bible, as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms during a battle in Exodus 17. The Israelites needed Moses to hold up his arms in order for them to win, but Moses grew weak as the battle waged on. Aaron and Hur came alongside their leader during this critical time.
As we reflect more on our ministry and purpose, we can see how God can use us to help prevent burnout in leaders during times of disasters. We are thankful that during the month of January we have been able to come alongside of a local church in Staten Island as they transition into a new phase of disaster relief. We are working to be a source of support for the pastors as they make many difficult decisions every day, helping alleviate some of the day to day stress. How wonderful it is to be able to hold up their arms during this time so that the church can, in the end, help so many more people.
Thank you and God bless,
Scott & Dara Simons
Directors, Right Side Up Ministries
• Dec 24-Jan 28- Sandy Response- NJ/NY
• Feb 2-Feb 15-Tornado Relief Joplin, MO
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