For many students, Sunday afternoons are a time to relax or catch up on homework;
however, for others, these few hours mean an opportunity to serve. Forgoing naps
or studying, these students participate in one of PCC’s Christian Services. This
past semester, Cristina Lott (TX) and Sarah Jane Jaberina (CA), both junior nursing
majors, not only led a Christian Service but also received a community award for
Christian Service opportunities at PCC range from Bible clubs to door-to-door visitation
and include ministries with the Juvenile Justice Center and the Florida Baptist Children’s
Home. One of the most common Christian Services is to nursing homes and assisted living
homes; this was the type of Christian Service Cristina and Sarah Jane led together.
Each Sunday, Cristina and Sarah Jane would meet in the lobby of their residence hall
with the other girls in their Christian Service group. After a few minutes of catching
up on each other’s week, they would pray and head to one of Pensacola’s Covenant Hospice
facilities. Once at the home, the girls would talk to and pray with the residents and sing.
Workers at these facilities enjoyed listening to the music as well, happy to see their
patients getting some much-needed love and attention.
Other Christian Service Opportunities
Sarah Jane said, “Singing isn't the only way we minister to patients and families. I can
think of many instances in which we cried, held, and heard the stories of these patients.
With the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are sometimes able to share the gospel with the
patients or family members.”
This past year, in recognition of the girls’ service, Covenant Hospice in Pensacola awarded
Cristina and Sarah Jane the Community Partner of the Year award at the Covenant Hospice’s
Volunteer Banquet on April 12.
Cristina said, “During the awards ceremony, we were given a diploma as the Community
Partner of the Year. Then the coordinator shared what a blessing we were. I was not aware
the extent of influence we had in Covenant Hospice. The award was nice, but a greater
reward is to minister to the patients every week.”