What is PathLight?
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.