Many people want to give their full time to the healing ministry of Christian Science, but if they don't have the financial resources or the help of another wage earner in the family, how can they keep going until their practice is established? In this interview with the Journal,, a teacher and practitioner of Christian Science in Brooklyn, New York, describes the spiritual journey that gave him confidence in God's ability to care for him in this profession. Mr. Bergenheim is also a contributing editor.
When you started out in the practice, how were you planning to support yourself?
I suppose it sounds strange, but I didn't think about the financial side. People had started asking for help, and I knew I couldn't say no. After I took class instruction in Christian Science, I had a couple of experiences where I had been reluctant to share it with others. I was troubled by this and finally made a commitment to myself and to God that if someone asked me for prayer I would say yes. Otherwise, I felt that the vitality of Christian Science in my life would wither.