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.