Jewish believers whose loved ones are near death and do not yet know the Lord are burdened with the overriding concern for their salvation. The following points are offered for those who are ministering to the terminally ill.
• Be prayerful. Ask your congregation to pray for the right opportunity for you to share the right words, openness of heart and clarity of mind, spiritual protection, and the presence of the Spirit.
• Be wise. Anxiety may cause family members to lash out at you if you are the lone believer. Try to avoid confrontations. Look for opportunities when you can spend time alone with the sick person.
• Be sensitive. When the person with whom you wish to share the Gospel is alert and responsive, practice the discipline of “active listening.” Use physical contact when it is appropriate-sometimes, a gentle touch can convey what words cannot.
• Be simple. Always bring the conversation back to our need to receive the Messiah and the Good News. Ask if the person would like to pray with you-to receive Messiah or even to pray to know the truth.
• Be at peace. You may or may not know the outcome of your efforts, but you may be certain that God is trustworthy and true.