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Though none of our family knew at the time, my grandfather was in Naval Intelligence during WW2. Trained as a radio engineer, he worked with a team of others to decode the Japanese military code. Their operation went by the name of MAGIC and because of those efforts our side was given a huge advantage during the naval battles in the Pacific. But as I tell my friends in memory care, we don’t have to belong to the CIA or any other intelligence service in order to hear from God. Why? Because it is no secret what God can do!
I hope you like this short video we recorded a few weeks ago with my friends. By the sound of their voices they certainly have discovered that they don’t have to decipher God’s code. His love for us in Christ was written plainly in blood on Calvary. All we have to do is return home to Him and with arms wide open, He’ll pardon you!
Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord. Psalm 134:1 KJV
Okay – so this will never make a million likes on YouTube, but for those involved in nursing home ministry, hearing testimonies is a blessing. The once-a-month Saturday crowd at Sunshine is a mixed group with both independent living folks as well as assisted living people joining in one meeting. These folks are some of my liveliest if they are given the chance. We sing a little more than just hymns and the residents love to lead worship, preach, raise offerings and just about anything else you would see in your local church. I hope you will be blessed by our video this week. If you enjoy listening to their testimonies, there is a second one in the works for next week, so stay tuned!
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation. Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 NKJV
This Tuesday, I stopped to see my friend Don and his wife Lorna, who recently been admitted to a nursing home in our area. This facility was new to me, and I have never held any services there, so I brought along copies of our weekly newsletter. Since Lorna was sleeping, Don and I had a nice quiet visit in the hallway and after praying and leaving with him a newsletter, I said good-bye. Once I got back outside, I nodded a friendly greeting to a man whom I had seen on my way in and headed towards the car. I was already thinking of what I would do when I got home, when the Holy Spirit prompted me to turn back and talk with that man.
So, I turned and retraced my steps, and as I reached the man I asked, “Hey I am visiting a friend here and I brought him one of these newsletters. Would you like one?” He looked a little confused as to my motivations, so I assured him I wasn’t a Jehovah’s Witness, and was just from a local church. Well, this man was so willing to talk, that I was amazed.
“I’m Don.” he said. “I’ve been here about a year. After I had a stroke, my wife felt she couldn’t take care of me anymore, so she brought me here and went back with her family to live in Ohio.”
Just at that point my friend, who I had come to visit, came out the door. I looked up and smiled, “Don, I want you to meet Don.” They smiled and shook hands. Then, as my new friend continued to pour out his heart, the man who I had come to visit, laid his hand on his shoulder and said, “Don’t give up. You have to just trust the Lord and He will be with you.”
I could have said those same words – but coming from another resident, they were much more powerful. Though their circumstances were a little different, they had a lot in common. When I did head home that afternoon, I was struck with two things: First, God had made an appointment for the three of us and I was so glad that I had listened and turned around. Secondly, I was so happy to have the newsletter to give him. It not only gave me an opportunity to break the ice, but it was something that he could keep with Him to remind Him that God had not forgotten him.
Sunshine Newsletter, is a free weekly publication, produced by a small but growing team of us who care about nursing home ministry. There are so many people in our society today who are abandoned, forgotten and written off, but wherever they are, God has good news of salvation for them to hear. Our little newsletter is simply one way we can reach out and become the feet of those who bring the message of hope to people in the long-term care community. If you would like to receive your free copy, (we don’t ask for donations) you can contact me at email@example.com
Have a blessed day all!