As the assistant in the Pastoral Care Department at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, in the Gulf Coast Ministry Market, Lisa Bean is involved in ministry every day. From connecting local churches with their members who are in the hospital to providing associates and patients with needed items from the department's food pantry or clothes closet, her heart for ministry is evident. However, her ministry touch doesn't stop in her office.
Lisa has developed a ministry she says relaxes her: crocheting afghans for home hospice patients. Her afghans fit across the lap or around the shoulders of hospice patients to comfort them and to provide warmth.
Lisa spends 10-15 hours a week making afghans, which are donated to Kindred at Home, a local hospice group. Volunteers coordinate with the Kindred nurses to deliver Lisa's afghans to the patients. Both the patients and family members appreciate the comfort it brings.
The yarn used to make the afghans is donated by other Providence associates. When Lisa needs more yarn, she places a want ad in "Lifelines," the hospital's newsletter. Lisa said she's always amazed how much is donated, and she uses every piece. Some of her afghans are made from bits and pieces of leftover yarn from other afghans.
How many afghans has she made? "I truly could not even estimate," she said. "I receive such joy from making each one and it reminds me that every patient who receives one is as unique as each afghan. Thinking about the people keeps this from just being about finishing a project to truly being my ministry."