Ever wonder how to help a friend in need?

Video interview: 5 guidelines you should follow

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of doing a video interview with my good friend Keith Ferrin who has an amazing ministry called “That You May Know.”   Our conversation was fun and practical; highlighting 5 guidelines you should follow when you’re walking alongside a friend with cancer, illness, loss or hardship of any kind.  We answered questions like:

  • “How do we overcome the paralysis of doing nothing because we don’t know what to do?
  • “What do I say instead of saying, ‘let me know what I can do’?”
  • “What is the least helpful thing we can do?”
  • “When we are loving a neighbor over the long haul, what is most important?”

Most of us have a friend of family member in need, and I think the guidelines found in this video will equip you better to walk alongside them in their hard times.

Keith and I have known each other for a long time, and he was a huge catalyst for me as I visioned and dreamed about this book.  He is a fabulous communicator, and he internalizes whole passages of scripture and presents them at churches and organizations around the country.  If you’re looking for an amazing presentation for your church check out his website to see what he speaks on.

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Question: What was most helpful to you from this video? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Sarah Beckman inspires people from the stage and on the page. She is the bestselling author of Alongside: A Practical Guide for Loving your Neighbor in their Time of Trial, which is filled with practical tools to love people well in the rough patches of life. Sarah speaks to audiences across the country on topics such as loving your neighbor, sharing your faith, safeguarding your marriage and digging up your talents.

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2 thoughts on “Ever wonder how to help a friend in need?

  1. Two things: listening and remembering. I’m having Chemo and its palliative, not curative, so a long haul. Honestly, most times I’m so tired I couldn’t even tell you what I need. But having someone text me to say they’re thinking of me is so good for my soul. When that happens well into treatment, it means so much. This book sounds so down to earth and helpful, I’m sure it will be such a blessing to so many people.

    • Treay, I’m humbled by your post here… and know that your wisdom is particularly ‘hard-won’ thank you for the blessing of sharing this advice with others here. And thankfully I cover both of your suggestions in the book so, yay! Praying for your spirit to be lifted and that you would have amazing alongsid-ers as you journey the distance. “May the God of hope bring you all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you overflow with hope.” Praying from afar.