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At Bethlehem, we believe that community is essential to your spiritual growth. Life can be difficult at times, and circumstances can disappoint us. But we don't have to go through it alone.

Compassion Care Ministry exists to love, serve and intercede for those who are experiencing the difficulties

of life's challenges.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2


Our Compassion Care team is here for you to provide prayer and encouragement through all seasons of life.

Compassion Care Ministry Leaders
Miriam & Luis Ruiz 

Luis and Miriam Ruiz have a passion for interceding on behalf of others. Together, they have been in ministry for 50 years and registered chaplains with the State of New York for the past 16 years. Luis served at Evangel Church as a Pastoral Care leader and Miriam as an Assistant Principal for Evangel Christian School. They also served as deacons over discipleship, and small group ministry at Christ Tabernacle of Glendale.


Prior to their retirement, Luis managed the Medical Assistance office at the Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens and Miriam was a Prek-8th grade teacher, New Teacher Mentor and UFT Staff Developer for the NYC Department of Education.  Their 44-year union has produced three daughters and three grandchildren.


“The Lord is gracious and righteous, our God is full of compassion.” Psalm 116:5 

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