What is Pathlight? - Trans World Radio Canada
    Tools for disciplemakers walking with people on life's difficult paths

    What is Pathlight?

    What is PathLight?

    As Christians, most of us have been through difficult times in our life or watched a friend suffer or struggle. God’s Word says that he is close to the broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18) and that through the most difficult times God’s Word will be a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). Often, Christians need some help from other believers to seek God in their distress and to see how God’s Word can shed light where there seems to be only darkness. We, as followers of Jesus, are called to help carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2) and help the weak and afflicted (Romans 15:1, Acts 20:35, James 1:27). The difficulty is that we don’t always know how to compassionately and lovingly help someone in distress. We might feel afraid or unequipped.

    PathLight is a tool to prepare and assist ordinary Christians when afflictions arise in the lives of others. It provides a biblical understanding of various spiritual issues, paired with practical suggestions and short Bible studies. It encourages people to remember that our hope and healing come from Jesus Christ, that we have choices to make even in our affliction and that we are capable of change. It acknowledges that not every person will need the same help (1 Thessalonians 5:14), and that our minds, hearts and bodies are all affected. It also acknowledges that while supportive Christian friendship, Bible study and prayer are helpful for many people, some situations may also require professional advice, medical interventions or the assistance of local authorities. It is a flexible, all-in-one resource, providing support and encouragement. We hope PathLight will be a blessing to you!

    Who is it For?

    PathLight is a tool for any Christian who is in a place where they can help another. This might include Bible study leaders, disciple makers, mentors, pastors, counsellors, teachers, church members, friends or family members. The material assumes some maturity of faith, but no training in counselling is required. It is intended primarily for lay people. The audience is the ‘helper’ rather than the one who is walking on a difficult path themselves, though the Bible studies are written to be seen by both.

    PathLight is not meant to replace the important work of trained therapists, biblical counsellors or medical professionals but rather to be a helpful guide for the people closest to the suffering, and a helpful Bible-based resource for discipling someone through the difficulties of life.