Thursday, January 31, 2013

Visits to the elderly

As Gods chosen people, holy and dearly loved,clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,humility, gentleness and patience.  Colossians 3:12

I found this verse appropriate for our day today.  We went for visits to four elderly people.  We went to homes that were not as nice as a chicken coop.  Most of them had dirt floors, partial cement walls with sticks on the ceiling with tattered tarps over the sticks.  Our purpose was to visit with them, sing to them, pray with them and bring them food.  We brought them a peanut butter sandwich, a banana and a bottle of water.  They were so appreciative for both our visit and the food.  We also washed their arms and legs and then rubbed lotion on them.  This was completely outside of my comfort zone yet thinking back to the days when my parents spent their last days in nursing homes compelled me to want to pamper these people.  These are people that are watched over by Healing Haiti and will eventually be taken into Grace Village and given a home.  These people have no one to watch over them which is why they were chosen by Healing Haiti.  Imagine your parent laying on a thin mattress on a dirt floor with no one to watch over them?

Our first visit was to Maricia.  She was so happy to see us!!  She hugged us and smiled so brightly!  We cleaned her up and put lotion and powder on her.  She being  sung to and being pampered.  When we asked her what we could pray about for her she replied, "God knows all my needs."  Can you believe it?  She lives like this and asks for no more????  There is a message for us all in that visit to Maricia.

Our second visit was Edmond.  He was blind and wanted us to pray for him to get healthy.  He also asked for a locked suitcase because people keep stealing his stuff.

The next visit was Charitable.  Her prayer was for health.  She seemed to enjoy us washing her up and rubbing lotion on her arms and legs.  She was in the marketplace and people gathered around us as we sang to her.

The last visit was Elie.  He laid on a mattress on the floor of his dirt hut.  He wanted us to pray for him to be able to walk again.  He asked us to get him water from the well down the road.  Part of our team and went and filled five buckets of water for him and then we walked down a little rocky, dirt path and put them in his home.  He was very appreciative.

It was a great day and I felt like we had really done God's work.

God Bless these special people who did as much for me as I did for them.

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