Nursing home ministry is not just something nice or a little extra side line for the church to investigate. Nursing home ministry is in fact an expression of the very heart of the Jesus Christ. In Matthew 25 Jesus talks about how we treat him in places like prisons, sick beds, orphanages and other places of abandonment and suffering. When we as His church consistently remember the importance of a true commitment to include such places in our outreach we may not get much notice in this world; but we will make the headlines in heaven! If we choose to allocate our church budget and sacrificially give of our time in order to value those whom Jesus values we will never regret it in eternity. Here in this small book is the compilation of more than 25 years of experience given as a guide, an encouragement and a call to action for those who are willing to hear.
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me Matthew 25:38-40
Nursing Home Ministry – The Heart of Jesus Christ
To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved Ephesians 1:6
Suk* sat quietly in the front of the small church with just a worn carpet separating her from the dirt floor. The volunteer dental hygienist was explaining by use of a giant set of dentures how to brush her teeth. All the children laughed as he passed over the funny teeth with the large toothbrush. As he finished speaking their pastor helped to hand out a toothbrush and two pencils to each of the children. She tightly held her new prize possession for a moment then hid it beneath a corner of the rug to be sure no one would snatch it away as the program continued with a song that required her to clap her hands together.
To us it was just a one dollar toothbrush, but to Suk the toothbrush meant that she was important. No westerner had ever come to her village. In fact almost no one from the outside world showed up for any reason except to carry away the bags and bags of tea leaves. The smallest of gifts meant to her that someone remembered, someone accepted and someone cared about her.
We have received a far more valuable and eternal gift in the love and forgiveness to be found in Jesus Christ. He came to our village from heaven and gave not just a toothbrush, but His own life for us. He knows all that we need and more importantly He has come so that no matter the value the outside world places on our life, we are loved remembered and accepted in the beloved – Jesus Christ.
Jacob’s final message deals with persecution, forgiveness and outreach in the face of impending war in Syria.
Reaching Muslim Women
Jacob shares two of the greatest burdens of his heart for Turkey. First he calls for the need for reaching Muslim women for Christ. Second Jacob talks about the issue of dealing with the Armenian Genocide of the early 20th century. Both of these issues call for reconciliation and restoration beginning with the church. It is well worth listening to the encouraging message he shares!
I was privileged to know Jacob and his family for a little while when they lived here in our city. I remember the very beginning of Jacob’s call and the beginning of the ministry to which the Lord called him. It is amazing to me to see what God has done. What God has done in Jacob’s life comes as a great challenge to my heart and I pray a blessing to the followers of my blog.
This is the first of several messages shared by Jacob Pursely. His call is to Turkey however the message he shares about reaching Muslim people with the love of Christ is immensely needed here in the West.
I was so excited to see the recent coverage of the ministry of Dr. Edmeia Williams in CBN news. I first met Sister Edmeia when she came to our church to share about her ministry in Rio called The House of Martha and Mary. Her ministry began after the death of her husband when she vowed to devote the remainder of her days to God’s work . She has been working now over twenty years in one of the many favelas in Rio de Janeiro. If you have the opportunity to travel to Rio and God puts it on your heart to visit the ministry it will touch your heart and encourage you to do great things for God. Most of the coverage in the past of this great work has been in Portuguese so I am so privileged to share this report with my followers today. Be blessed – be challenged and get to know something of the real Brazil that stays behind once the Olympic games have ended. You can follow the link below to the CBN report or go yourself to CBN news world coverage to see the video.
CBN Report on House of Martha and Maria