Care Capsule
Capsules of Motivation to Dispense Care and Kindness

Volume 17 - Issue 1
No. 48
February 2014



In This Issue

Exotic Care

Partnering for a Care Conference in your area

A Great Lesson On Stress

New Book from
Dr. Jim Kok

What to Say (or not) about Grief

Thoughts from Jim

Regional Conference Locations

Light Notes

Josh's Ideas




Exotic Care

—— Dr. James R. Kok

The definition of the word exotic is “to be different in a way that is striking or fascinating.”

That fits prayer. The most exotic way to care for another person may be by praying for them. It can be done anonymously, at a distance, briefly, in great depth, or on the run.

There are many ways and forms of praying. There are formal prayers, which completely name everything including the missionaries in the foreign fields and the President in Washington D.C. There are prayers for meals, and there are silent or spoken prayers. It is the care-and-compassion-oriented prayers, those for the sick, lonely, injured, and distressed, that I’d like to talk about.

There are scores of texts about prayers in the Bible. Only a few specifically talk about praying for the sick. Nevertheless, praying for the sick is a very basic part of Christian life. We hardly miss a day of remembering people who are hurting or sick or who we consider in unique or special need of prayer.

Prayer HandsI do not consider myself a very prayerful person. I need to remind myself and work at it thoughtfully all the time. It is not natural to my disposition. Nevertheless, I have a handful of remarkable prayer stories:




Dr. James R. Kok has written a definitive resource detailing the key essentials in becoming a more caring person in his latest book, “The Miracle of Kindness” (available on, in either paperback or Kindle edition.) A handful of basic tools —wrapped in courage—are the secret to changing the world through intentional acts of kindness.

As the Koach Of Kare, Dr. Kok was pastor at the Crystal Cathedral for 29 years as head of the Care Ministry department. He is the author of six books and numerous articles, and he is the founder of the Conference on Care and Kindness.

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