churches all over America intentionally reaching out into the lives of cancer families in their community.
church volunteers being in the midst of a person’s cancer journey to offer companionship and hope.
Whether meeting one on one at a coffee shop or gathering with others in a Christian support group, patients, survivors and their loved ones find the connections they need to draw closer to Christ on their cancer journey.
This is the vision of Cancer Companions.
Cancer Companions is a group of people who train and equip Christian volunteers to provide supportive environments for people affected by cancer. Currently, Cancer Companions has trained hundreds of Cancer Companions who lead support groups at churches throughout the Midwest, Eastern, Western, and Northeastern United States.
The mission of the Cancer Companions ministry is to equip, train and support caring individuals to provide safe, supportive environments for cancer families to draw closer to Christ.
Looking to join a Cancer Companions group? Click here.
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Cancer Companions began in November 2010, when Karen Tripp felt led by the Lord to start a ministry. It happened when reading Donald Miller’s, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Karen (author, speaker, therapist and Christian support group leader) came to the part where he explains that a life worth living needs to be more than a great adventure, it needs to be epic – it needs to touch others’ lives. It was then Karen knew the Lord was saying, “I didn’t want you to write books, I wanted you to start a ministry.” She thinks of it as a loving, heavenly head smack. So, after 25 years as a Marriage and Family Therapist, five years writing cancer related books, and three years leading Christian Cancer Support groups, Karen began Cancer Companions.
Through her experience leading Christian cancer support groups in St Louis through a Lutheran Foundation grant, Karen believed that a cancer ministry needed to be driven by church volunteers and not professional counselors like herself. Karen investigated successful volunteer based ministries, sought input from experts in the pastoral and counseling related fields and began to develop the structure and materials to impact cancer families in the community. The ministry’s first program was a Christian cancer support groups and one-to-one ministry called Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey.
Since those humble beginnings, Cancer Companions is now in 20 states, through 138 churches and has trained over 700 volunteers. God is good! In 2016 two new programs were added to our already impactful Christian cancer support groups and one to one ministries: The Christian Cancer Survivorship Conference and Take a Hike From Cancer: A Cancer Prevention Program.
The best part of the story is seeing where the Lord will take this ministry next. Stay tuned…