The ministry of a deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness and service.  They model and express the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed or anyone in distress.  Deacons visit those in the hospital and those that are homebound.  They minister to the needs of the congregation, rejoicing with those who rejoice, and supporting those in times of trial and sorrow.