Apr16Karen Estle is a pastoral counselor endorsed by CBF. She has worked with the Palliative Care Team at the county hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 2003. The team consists of three physicians, a palliative nurse, a social worker, an administrative assistant and a manager. 

As a seminary-trained licensed mental health clinician, Estle counsels, normalizes emotions, educates and listens to patient and staff stories. At times, she asks patients to draw pictures when talking is difficult. Frequently the use of guided imagery relaxes and eases the distress of patients, while other times a prayer or religious symbol bridges a connection.

Recently, during a hospital visit with the team, a young patient said, “I want to die,” over and over, much to his mother’s distress.  His life was more difficult than it was prior to his accident, with his tracheotomy and injuries. His family — thinking about his hospital surroundings — kept his room very quiet. So Karen offered to bring in a CD player if his family would bring his favorite CDs. 

She asked, “What is God saying lately?”  He shook his head no repeatedly. She wondered with him if it may be harder to hear God right now. They worked on what he could do to be open and hear, by relaxing and inviting God to speak.  He agreed and very much appreciated the rosary he chose to hold in his hand.

Pray that CBF-endorsed pastoral counselors like Karen Estle are able to join their patients at their points of need.


April 16-22 Birthdays

16 Kaitlyn Parks, 2006, Slovakia (FPC)
16 Victoria A. White, Richmond, VA (CH)
16 Kay Wright, Virginia Beach, VA (CH)
17 David Jones, Newberg, OR (CH)
18 Cyrus Bush, Pfafftown, NC (CH)
18 Ray Cooley, Wallingford, CT (CH)
18 Amy Derrick (S-Decatur)
18 Mason Jackson III, Fort Myers, FL (CH)
18 Nathan Solomon, Swansboro, NC (CH)
19 Michael Lee, Hendersonville, NC (CH)
19 Jack Wehmiller, Murrayville, GA (FP)
20 ________, North Africa (FP)
20 David Chan, Houston, TX (CH)
20 Susan Stephenson, Edmond, OK (CH)
22 Tere Canzoneri (S-Decatur)
22 Judith Grace, Temple, TX (CH)
22 Lucas Newell, 1997, San Antonio, TX (FPC)
22 Barry Pennington, Blue Springs, MO (CH)

CH = Chaplain
FP = Field Personnel
FPC = Child of Field Personnel
PC = Pastoral Counselor
PLT = Church Planter
S = CBF Staff Member

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