Dear Ministry Friends,
Although care home facilities across the country have closed their doors, there is still much we can do for our beloved residents! Following is a list of ideas on how you can continue to minister through this present challenge:
I am recently retired and had been praying about where the Lord wanted me to serve Him and His people. I prayed and prayed asking the Lord where He wanted me. I made a list of places in my town that I could serve, and was considering several ministries on my list.
I had never been in nursing home ministry, but there was a couple at my church who do visitation at a nursing home. They sent email invitations to some church members, asking if we wanted to go along with them. One Sunday during communion, I heard the Lord ask me,
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”. She was a believer in Jesus, but she could not understand why God allowed such disappointment in her life, even after she had tried so hard to be a good mother and a good person. I shared with her how God wanted her to forgive those who “put her in this place” and to trust that He has a good plan for her. She was open to the Scriptures I shared and we both prayed for the Lord’s help.
I promised her that I would return and I am ashamed to say that I simply forgot to go back for over two months. One day while passing that nursing home, I remembered and thought, “Oh my goodness, I forgot all about that lady!”
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.”