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comforting handWhen a woman with an aging parent suffering from dementia can share her story with a listening presence; when a patient with a life-threatening illness can talk about his fears to a caring ear; when an abused woman finds comfort in safely telling her story to a nonjudgmental listener – that is the power of BeFriender Ministry.

BeFriender Ministry is a national, ecumenical non-profit organization that provides leadership training and ongoing support for a listening ministry of lay pastoral care in churches, health care settings such as hospitals, assisted living-skilled care facilities, or other organizations.

Since the early 1980’s BeFrienders have been providing skilled pastoral care throughout the nation.


Pastor Christy Hallenbeck Ask, Associate Pastor at Spirit of Joy in Sioux Falls, SD shares how BeFriender Ministry is making a difference. Pastor Christy shares her experience on South Dakota Public Radio during a discussion regarding faith communities supporting persons living with isolation and loneliness.

Listen to what Pastor Christy Hallenbeck Ask had to say.