As many of you know, for the past couple of years I have been performing spiritual concerts for the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Northeast Wisconsin. My goal has been and still is to be a blessing and an encouragement to the faith of those who no longer can get to church. I bring a bit of church to them through the familiar hymns and spirituals and sharing of God’s word. I see now more than ever that what I do is not just a job but a ministry.
It is clear to me that God has called me and has given me the grace for this ministry. Jesus created me. And this is something that he created me to do. As of August 2009 I had been going it alone and was on my way to burnout, but I recently sought out some prayer and was amazed at the night and day difference in the attitude of my heart and the tone and atmosphere of the “concerts”.
I have a strong sense that God is once again at the helm, leading and blessing this venture. This is something that He wants to continue to expand and grow, and most important, to include the rest of His body in.
I need the body of Christ to support this ministry. I need prayer, not just to keep me going, but to see God move, to see God save, and to see God bring comfort and encouragement to those who need it.
So here is what I am asking: Will you pray?
In your conversations with God, will you please remember to lift up this ministry?
Please pray that God will:
- Open doors of ministry and bring the increase as He sees fit
- Move on people’s hearts – that they will hear Him calling them into relationship and answer that call.
- Keep me fresh and encouraged and that God will continue to pour into me so that I will have something to give.
- Inspire me with words of encouragement, life, and hope – the He would give me the right words in the right time for the right person.
- Grant me favor with the nursing home staff.
- Inspire me with new songs of ministry.
- Provide all that is needed for all that He is calling
Recently I received back this report about how the Reflect Hymn project is being used:
Having a chance encounter with an old friend who works the night shift at our local nursing facility, I wanted to share with you her comments about your music.
She told me that a copy of your music on CD; Reflect Hymns, appeared at their nurses station, and that they had been playing and enjoying the music. However, she said the greatest benefit seemed to come when your music was played exclusively in the rooms of those patients who were experiencing their last days. She told how the staff all remarked that such a great sense of peace seemed to envelop the room and the people in attendance, that they have a policy of always playing this music for such times as this as it provides such comfort.
I thought you might want to know this, since I know you send out these CD’s as a sample of your work when booking concerts at various Nursing Homes. Even though this facility has never had you there in person, your music is being used and valued, which I just ‘happened’ to find out a few weeks ago during my ‘chance encounter’.
Thanks for listening, and thanks even more for praying.