Dear friends of nursing home residents,
Over the next year, an estimated 800,000 of America’s nursing home residents will slip away into eternity. God loves them. He wants them to become His children. He wants those who are already His children to be nurtured and supported by the Church. Yet, they are “out of sight, out of mind” to the majority of those in church leadership.
Even still, since 1994, the Lord has enabled us to train and equip thousands of volunteer missionaries who have shared the love and the Word of God with over 70,000 nursing home residents. Most of them have taken Jesus’ hand and are now in His presence. I repeatedly offer my thanks to God for all of our supporters, knowing that without their generosity, there would be thousands of residents whose names were never recorded in the book of life. Volunteers have shared with me countless times of residents who were 80, 90, or even older who have taken Jesus’ hand for the first time in their lives—even some with severe dementia. Indeed, your financial participation as a caring giver fuels this cause. You can make an eternal difference in the lives of so many! May the Lord enable you to realize the pleasure He takes in receiving these neighbors of ours into His everlasting arms.
Yet, with millions still to pass through these care homes in the next decade, there is still much to do!
The care home mission field is a unique environment that requires a very compassionate and wise approach in order to bear the fruit of God’s Spirit. We have spent the past 25 years pioneering the pathway to supply the Church with Biblically-based training and ministry resources to enable Christians to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in senior adult care homes. Everything we create and teach is founded on the fact that “God’s Word, shared through God’s love and embraced by prayer, is what inspires our friends to take Jesus’ hand”.
Trusting that you have a heart-felt concern for these frail and forgotten people, we are asking you to partner with us.
Creating awareness in the Church is one of God Cares’ primary concerns. Though doing this is a daily focus for our staff, we are challenged by the need to expand our voice into every Christ-centered church, inviting them to adopt a care home, to shine the light of Christ in word and deed. Your financial participation enables our voice to sing out this great calling for Jesus.
Our financial goal is $230,800. This will enable us to complete our 2019 outreach goals, and will also prepare us to significantly increase awareness through features in various Christian media, such as radio spots, television features, magazine articles, etc. Such an initiative will create awareness and interest, significantly multiplying the number of volunteers in this mission field. Imagine the increased number of residents who will be blessed by caring friends if we reach our goals! I would welcome the opportunity to personally share with you what we envision.
Next year, we will be hosting our 25-year anniversary celebration. Therefore, we will not be holding our annual fundraising banquet this fall. Instead, we are reaching out to you in the form of this letter to raise our needed funding, and asking that you will prayerfully respond by doing what you can to assure this mission field is appropriately funded. Every gift will make a difference. You may give securely via our website https://www.godcaresministry.com/donate/ or mail your check to God Cares Ministry, P.O. Box 355, Avon Lake, OH 44012 (please mark “CAREgiving” in the memo).
Thank you for CAREgiving through your involvement. May God richly bless you!
Chaplain Bill Goodrich,
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
~ Hebrews 6:10