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Helen was visibly sad and hopeless in the nursing home when I first met her. She explained that she was forced to move to Ohio and then sent to “this place”.
Sometimes nursing home residents say to me, “I don’t know why God has not taken me home yet…” They feel like they have no value any more. Why is this so?
The announcements have gone out and in a few months the expectant parents will be having a new baby. Friends and relatives are planning to throw them a shower which will provide appropriate clothing, diapers and toys. The room at the end of the hall is becoming an adorable nursery with a comfortable and safe bed, pictures on the walls that will become cherished to that child over the years. A rocker in the corner will be the place where books are read, songs sung and tears wiped away. On the day of her/his birth the parents will be enthralled with their beauty and perfection. They are reminded that this is God’s creation, created in His image. ...
This Memorial Day, we want to highlight one of our volunteers, Dale, who volunteers in veterans’ outreaches through his city. Dale also volunteers in 6 nursing homes. Dale says, “People can feel worthless because they find themselves in a nursing home. But I tell them “As long as you’re alive and breathing, God still has a purpose for you. You can tell your neighbors about Jesus, and you can invite them to a service here.”
Nursing home ministry has such room for individual expression! There are as many unique styles of ministry as there are unique abilities and personalities, all sharing the love of Jesus. . .
The carolers are gone, the visitors have left, the trees, the lights, and the wreaths are coming down, the parties are over and a long, dark winter season sets in. Now residents are truly facing silent nights and lonely days. They would love to have a bit of that joyous Christmas cheer again; to hear and sing songs and talk with visitors and break the monotony of the long days with pleasant company. . .
We are deeply grateful to those of you who have embraced the word of God and carried it into your communities’ nursing homes. PowerNight is our annual volunteer appreciation banquet – our way of saying thank you! – to give you a night out for fun, fellowship, inspiration and encouragement.