I took a Chaplaincy class this summer at RPTS, and the knowledge I gained will be invaluable throughout my life. We heard lectures from many different kinds of chaplains. We learned about the ministry of presence. Have you ever gone to a funeral, visit someone in the hospital, or heard that someone had something terrible happen to them? Did you wonder what would I say to them? What do I have to offer that person? It turns out that you only have to be there for them. You walk up to the person and say something like, “I am here for you. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.” Then you can just hang out with them in silence and listen.
After you share the gospel with family members and they do not repent and trust Jesus, Ray Comfort always says to buy them gifts and love on them. Other ideas for loving on them would be to always send loved ones handwritten letters for events that happen in their lives. Make sure you send birthday cards and anniversary cards to your unsaved family. In the chaplaincy class, we learned ways to build relationships with people by using these methods. I would bet they help with friends and family as well.