Of course, not everyone there fit the specific description we have been learning of in the Word, but everyone there certainly had a need. Much of it revolved around the personal touch such as a listening ear, a kiss on the cheek, or holding hands. Another need we could meet was to minister to them through music. About twenty of us were able to sing some simple songs to these precious ones. Music seems to bring so many memories out of the elderly.
Another huge need was for them to hear of our Savior. Many of the residents are Spanish-only speakers, so we brought an interpreter for the message. The children were probably the best communicators though. After these two brothers shared some songs, one man pointed to the piano player and said to me, "I'm so glad they brought that soloist!"
There was a serious game of dominoes going on as we shared in worship with these beautiful people,
... until these three siblings began signing Jesus Loves Me in Spanish.
They stopped their game, turned around to look, and listened to the simple but well-phrased truth of God's love.
There was also some well-practiced violin music from a very nervous little girl...
...which brought a delightful response from this sweet couple.
A Sunday afternoon-- given to some dear ones, is just a small way to make the Word of God living, powerful, practical-- to those who have no way to pay or give back.