First Baptist Ft. Lauderdale already had a cancer ministry in place for 20 years. So, what would a church with an established cancer ministry need in Our Journey of Hope?
“Our ministry was not impacting people the way it should,” said Norma Miller. “We needed a complete re-start. I encountered a lady here in Ft. Lauderdale, by sheer accident, who was doing cancer support for her church. She said ‘have you heard of Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Our Journey of Hope?’ I went online and it was exactly what we needed. The Lord was moving me to take it in a completely different direction and I felt God needed it to be a true ministry.
“For it to be a real ministry in our church, we needed to ask the question ‘why?’ Why do we need this? And we need to have a legitimate answer. Cancer Treatment Centers of America and their training was answering the 'why' for me.”
With a list of about 70 people that they are currently serving in their church, including 2-3 outside of the church or immediate family members, Norma needed something big to happen. Despite feeling a calling from God, she wasn’t sure she was the right person for the job.
“I am not a cancer survivor and I wasn’t sure if I was ‘qualified’ to lead this ministry,” said Norma. “But it doesn’t matter if you have had cancer or not. It matters if you have a heart for it and a gift from God, then people will believe you. They will see your heart and they will accept you.
“I honestly don’t know where we would be right now if I had not heard from this beautiful woman about CTCA and Our Journey of Hope. The Lord just made it all possible for us to be there.”