Christopher Heights Ministry
I remember first hearing about a Nursing Home Ministry while studying at a Residential Discipleship Fellowship in Maine. I was blown away at what a privilege it would be to have that call in your life. Just to be there to minister hope and salvation to elders, as they are entering the finish line of life here on earth. I was thinking that this might be the very last time they might have an opportunity to be saved. What kind of a person would it take to bring the gospel to these people? How much faith would it take to not give up? What would it be like if people reject Christ and miss that eternal relationship promised to those who believe? These are questions that have ran through my mind since 2005 when I saw this ministry in action.
Fast forward to 2019, after many weeks on Saturday outreach. The conversation of sharing the gospel in senior living homes became a frequent topic. God made His vision clear to me that not only should we be there, but it will grow. I finally gathered the courage to call Christopher Heights, and ask if our church could come in and start a Bible study there. I had an immediate YES answer from the Activities Director. I was very excited, and greatly challenged. “Now what do I do!” was my first thought. God is so faithful. He has made the start of this ministry virtually hassle free. Our team is small, but the impact is huge.
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4
Time is one thing these senior saints have on their hands. The enemy also knows this and would love to disrupt their fellowship with God.
“Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.” Psalm 71:9
Sadly, many of the seniors are either forgotten or have few visitors. Bringing them the gospel is the only church they have. This can be a critical part of their lives, as they realize now more than ever that their days here on earth are fewer and fewer. But how should they be looking at life in Christ?
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” Psalm. 92:12-15
Multiple saints at Christopher Heights have shared their faith, how they are confident God has placed them there for a very specific reason. They see the value in continuing the furtherance of the gospel where they live. It clearly shows, as the group has grown over the past few months. There is always room for others to join in this excitement we are experiencing at Christopher Heights! Please pray for our team, the senior saints we minister too, and the possibilities of reaching another location!
-Gerald Blanchard, Deacon