Meeting The Challenge of The Hour

Dear Ministry Friends, Although care home facilities across the country have closed their doors to outside visits, there is still much we can dofor our beloved residents!  Following is a list of ideas on how you can continue to minister through this present challenge: CONNECT: Contact Activity Directors to tell them about these free downloadable resources: HANDOUTS – Words of

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Changed And Redirected

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

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Veteran Volunteer

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

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Bringing Christmas Cheer

The holiday season is a great time to give the gift of your presence to lonely nursing home residents, many of whom have no family or friends to celebrate with. Why not give the gift of your time to “adopt a resident” for the Christmas holiday? We invite you to make a simple commitment to visit a resident three times.

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A Case for Nursing Home Ministry

Scripture tells us again and again to be defenders, protectors, and providers for the widows and the aged. Our Lord Jesus wants us to honor and care for those who are frail, vulnerable and neglected. It is not His will that any of them should perish. Yet, there are currently over 1.3 million frail seniors hidden behind the walls of

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An Invaluable Gift

As we prepare to celebrate the 25th anniversary of God Cares, I am reflecting on the way God has led me and others to embrace nursing home ministry as a life-long calling. Back in 1984, when I first started visiting in a nursing home, I attended a Christmas Eve service at my church. A group of about 30 people came

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A Purpose For Living

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? Our friends in the care homes need purpose. Purpose gives us all a reason to live. When everything is done for us, including our housekeeping, food preparation, and personal

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From Cradle To Grave

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

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One Of A Kind

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. There is the person with the gift of teaching who prepares a detailed message each week – an inspiring Bible study for the residents. He is able to field questions

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