Today we had our first live-stream service to the nursing homes and beyond. It was a blessing to many and went beyond what I thought would happen for the first service. I received a text from a very precious activities director who sent pictures of our first service to their facility. We are in! They all gathered around the big screen.
Today was a learning day. This was my first day working with John 3:16 - Search & Rescue. We traveled to 5 homeless camps in the Tulsa area and talked/prayed with many in the woods and under bridges. We are reaching out to the lost and hopeless. Jesus is the way when it seems there is no way.
It was so good to see residents again. There were more residents coming into the room than normal. It's obvious that the shutdown is affecting more and more people. Loneliness is becoming a huge issue. They are starving for fellowship. I am ministering from the outside of the building and they are inside with an open door between us. I understand they need to be protected. I just hope the solution is not worse than the problem. We sang the familiar Christmas carols for close to an hour. They were so happy again. It was a joy to be together.
It's obvious that residents in nursing care facilities are getting tired. They are tired of being cooped up. They understand the health issues but it doesn't stop them from getting tired of the whole thing. When we began to sing they took off their masks and began singing or shouting quite loudly with joy. It was amazing to watch. Then, we looked into the Word. The Word of God can truly set you free. We are going to every nursing care facility that will let us minister. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. (Behind the door in this picture is many, many residents. I stand on the outside and they sit on the inside.)
Today I was scheduled to minister in Okmulgee. I received a phone call stating I would not be able to come today. We do need to protect those who are the most vulnerable through these times. Prayer is very essential. I would ask all of you to take the time to pray for staff and residents in nursing care facilities. A steady and concerted effort to trust the Word is essential to receive His promises.