Salida Woods — July 2006

For the past several years, a group from our church has been ministering at Salida Woods in Mentor-on-the-Lake. This is one of the nicest facilities I have visited over the years. (Although the one in Iron Mountain, Michigan comes close.) Every third Sunday of the month, we hold a service at 3:00 p.m. Leonard Corell plays the piano while Lawrence distributes the song books. The residents always receive us warmly and especially appreciate the presence of the twins.

Over the years, we have grown to love the people at Salida Woods. And as you might guess, it is difficult to hear that one has passed away or has been moved to a different facility. Such was the case for Eleanor. She was a fiesty, non-religious, Jewish lady who often ridiculed our Lord. Despire her antagonism, she would always smile and talk with me for a while. She even attended a few services. But to my knowledge, she never came to Christ before her recent death.

The time is short for work with the elderly. You never know when one of these dear people will have passed on. So, I think it is wise to incorporate the gospel into every message, especially when the attenders come from such diverse backgrounds. We have had Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, and Jewish residents attend the services. And even when their beliefs have been confronted, they still continue to come. For instance, I asked one man if he had been “born again.” He said, “No, but my mother was.” Oh, that the Lord would open the eyes of the blind.

Please pray with me for this needy mission field right here in our own backyard.

2 thoughts on “Salida Woods — July 2006

  1. Doug

    We use to go to Ivy House in Painesville. There was an older woman in her 80’s that use to walk around while we were trying to conduct our service, and give us the “finger”. She would also tell us to go somewhere, other than Heaven. As teens, we would laugh on the way home about how that woman would treat us during our service.

    Now that I am older, and I have reflected on that event, it may have seemed funny then, but now that she has departed this life (this was over 30 years ago), it’s not that funny at all. Thinking back on it, that was a sad event. What kind of testimony do we show when we chuckle at the lost, and their antics toward us? Let’s be reminded it is only because of God’s Grace we are not in that same sad state of life.

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