Showing Compassion on the Go: A Story of Two Interns
The young can often teach others through their example, without even knowing it. Rev. Jerome Brimmage shares how Cypress UMC interns Pam and Denisse responded out of heartfelt compassion during their visit with him to an area hospital.
While high school girls, Pam Natera and Denisse Pena, came to Cypress UMC this summer as interns seeking to learn about missional service and church ministry, they, in turn, were able to teach others around them about the power of being sensitive to the needs of others around you. Rev. Jerome Brimmage was pleased that Cypress UMC could host two students from the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas, a Methodist-owned High School that has been in existence for 100 years. Throughout the summer, Pam and Denisse helped in a variety of areas at CUMC; they assisted in the office, prepared and attended the Jr. High Mission trip in Galveston, served at VBS, went to District Camp at Lakeview, served communion in worship, and accompanied groups on mission with U.M. Army in Dallas. Shares Jerome, “These young ladies have been a joy for us in many ways. I know the host homes have been a safe and fun place as well.”
Adds Jerome, “On one particularly touching occasion, Pam and Denisse accompanied me to the hospital to visit and pray with one of our dear members. While we were searching for the correct hospital room, these two young ladies were drawn to another family that was in crisis in the ICU. We walked by this family a couple of times. We made our way to the room of our Cypress UMC saint and prayed over her. It was a moment for Pam and Denisse to be open to one who is ill and in the hospital and in need of prayer. This moment was a sacred and holy moment.” But the girls didn’t conclude their ministry there. He shares, “As we exited the room and made our way to the elevator, Pam and Denisse nudged me and asked if they could talk to the other family in the waiting room. These two young ladies, walked over to strangers (something Jesus would do), and began to speak to them in Spanish. While I didn’t fully understand the words they were exchanging, it was clear that a moment of grace and care was being shared. Before I knew it, I was drawn into a circle, with 8 – 10 family members and Pam and Denisse both prayed for the family.”
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them… (Matthew 9:36)
The interns blessed more than that family that day in the hospital. Sharing the impact, Jerome adds, “This was a holy moment! A moment where I knew the spirit of the Lord had led these two teens to minister to those in need. There were hugs and tears going all around. We have been praying for God to breakthrough in hospitality so that it overflows into the community. Is this not God’s revealing the fruit of such prayers? This reminds me of the Word made flesh and moving into the neighborhood. Praise to God for Pam and Denisse and for their compassion and courage to reflect Christ in such a tender moment.”