ODF Nursing Home Ministry – Jesus in Action

by Oriel Maccaull

The King will answer them, “Don’t you know? When you cared for one of the least important of these my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for me” Matthew 25:40

Nursing home residents have many physical and social needs. I have found through my visits to the nursing and retirement homes in Brockville, that most of the homes strive to provide a high-quality physical and social atmosphere. Residents are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities and outings to keep them mentally stimulated and help them feel they are part of a community. However, nursing home residents may have a lot of unmet spiritual needs. This includes the need to prepare for death. While some residents do have the opportunity to have some of their spiritual needs met through visitation and communion service by various ministers of some of the area churches, we have found that they are hungry for uplifting gospel music and the individual attention they receive through Bible Study. These are two areas of service sponsored through Open Door Fellowship.

“Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.” Psalm 71:9

Beginning in February 2019, RobFox has been providing a gospel music sing-along for some of the nursing/retirement homes in Brockville. Residents thoroughly enjoy this time of music/fellowship and join in as much as they are able. They often want to know when Rob will be back. We wish to thank all those who have participated with Rob as part of his “choir” and want to encourage others to join us on some of these musical events. In blessing the residents, we receive a blessing ourselves. My bible study hour with residents is not only teaching them how much God loves them and how they can draw near to Him, it is also stretching me out of my comfort zone to be bold in demonstrating love and compassion. I feel so blessed when one of my nursing home friends hold me tightly, not wanting me to leave, because they felt the love of Jesus. The nursing home ministry is worth prayerfully considering. I encourage you to ask the Lord if this is a ministry for you. Just visiting with a resident and becoming a friend to them can make a world of difference as they see the love of Jesus in action.

So, if you know of an opportunity to do the right thing today, yet you refrain from doing it, you’re guilty of sin.” James 4:17

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