Stephen and Brooksyne Weber spend every morning writing encouragement to more than 2,770 strangers. Readers, many who will never meet the Webers, benefit from the daily encouragement of their Internet chaplain ministry (dailyencouragement.net).
The idea was birthed 16 years ago when Weber preached a sermon about encouragement. The sermon, which centered on Deuteronomy 6, implored listeners to "encourage one another daily." After preaching, he sent an email of encouragement to people in the congregation. What started as personal encouragement grew into a popular website, with more than eight million hits in 2012.
Weber, an ordained Assemblies of God minister since 1979, serves as a chaplain for businesses and corporations. His emails of encouragement, which still include a personal story, devotional, and Bible passages, stayed small for a few years, until the Webers purchased a domain name and established the website.
The couple run the site out of their Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home. Over the years, multimedia features such as photographs, videos and music have been added.
Each day's message connects to current events in the world, nation or the lives of the Weber family.
"[Weber] is very astute at writing relevantly about what is going on in the lives of people," says Assemblies of God Chaplaincy Director Alvin Worthley. "He is transparent about what he is experiencing in his own Christian walk. It gives [readers] encouragement each day to move on and face the challenges that each day brings."
The married couple work as a team, each devoting about four hours a day, to do all of the writing and production of content for the site. They both continue to work as chaplains for companies in the Lancaster area.
Readers from all over the world send the Webers messages telling how the ministry has impacted their lives.
"That is what gives us the energy to keep going," Weber says.
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Author: Kelly Bevill, Pentecostal Evangel