Respite ministry not only provides care partners a break and offers opportunities for fun, friendship and fellowship for those living with dementia, but it can also provide life-changing encouragement for the volunteers that serve within these respite communities.

During a recent sermon, Dr. David Saliba, Senior Minister for First United Methodist Church in Dothan, Alabama, highlighted the impact his church’s Respite Care Ministry had on an individual who was disillusioned by religion but found restoration in his spirit through the act of volunteering.

Watch the 9-minute sermon excerpt to hear how serving as a volunteer revived Bob’s faith and gave him a door to meaningful engagement in a local church.