Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Matthew 9:37-38 NKJV
Since early on in nursing home ministry I have been gripped by the passion for two things- the overwhelming needs and the few that seem to notice. Society finds nursing homes convenient parking lots for the weakest members of our community. Our disabled, our elderly and our injured are professionally cared for but mostly forgotten except by Jesus Christ. Our calling as shepherds for this portion of God’s flock includes prayers for Him to send help.
Over the years of my time doing my best to meet needs and pray desperately for help I have discovered that God hears but answers in unexpected ways. I thought people from our church would come to serve communion but God sent willing staff members to cheerfully help. I felt that our prayer group would be moved to earnestly intercede for the needs, but God sent family members along with a few of the residents themselves to pray. If you are a fellow worker, a care giver or a concerned staff member remember that your prayers can reach far beyond your own abilities to help. Then after you have prayed ask God to give you eyes and ears to hear and see how He is answering! Have a blessed week in the love of Jesus!
Once a month my church goes to a local nursing home and spends time with the residents. We may sing a few songs, someone gives a brief word of encouragement (sometimes I do), and we pray with every resident that desires it. At first when I started to attend, it was very uncomfortable. The nursing […]
I am posting this video again this year as I am struck by the reality of how difficult it is to for people to realize the vital need of nursing home ministry especially at the holiday times. Visiting and encouraging the residents is not just something extra or a nice gesture of the church. Even less is a holiday visit primarily about going home with a warm feeling. The absence of loved ones and of the care of a church family is so stark at Christmas and Thanksgiving that it cold be compared to the air some people receive through their breathing assistance. Without that correct ,ix of oxygen they receive through the device they will suffer terribly. The need for love, companionship, prayer and fellowship is constant and especially so at this time of year. If we allow Him, God will give us a portion of His great love to share. There is no better time to begin thinking of Nursing Home outreach than at Christmas. For more information on getting started in nursing home ministry you can check out our extensive list of video teaching on our Youtube channel. Be blessed and be a blessing!
I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me Matthew 25:43