Friday, October 16, 2009

Ministering to the homebound

Do not cast me away when I am old;
do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
Psalm 71:9 (NIV)

Every so often we see a news report where an elderly person is found dead in their home; sometimes weeks after the death. Many elderly people live at or below the poverty level in our inner cities. Some in apartments and mobile home parks and others in the homes they bought when it was a “nice neighborhood.”

Some are lonely and live in fear, prisoners in their own homes. Many of these elderly were once active in church but now have been forgotten. This is an opportunity for churches to step up and show God’s love. Inner city churches can mobilize communities to check on their neighbors and use available government resources to improve the mental and physical health of our “grandparents.”

Read more here about how a church can become involved: Ministering to the homebound

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