"Hey friends! Oh wow. I now have the 81 salt leaks in hand needed for the nursing home where Grammy passed on Dec. 27th! My desire was to reach out there in her memory because of what a totally awesome witness she was there, until her illness robbed her of her ability to speak. Thank you, thank you to Debbie and Carol Jean for helping to make this possible!!!
The first pic here are the bookmarks Debbie made. So beautiful. I love them! The second are a sample of Carol Jean's bookmarks. I say sample because she used a different verse on each one. I love those too! The third is of some altered trivia cards that I did up. I did take one final picture of all of them together. I wept. I am so blessed at the thought of being able to deliver all of these salt leaks to Crestwood Nursing Home. There are enough for each patient to receive one. PTL!!!
I must tell you that I struggled a bit making mine. I didn't realize it at first, but I do think it was because of the emotional nature of it, and the fact that I was making these "in memory" of Grammy. Of course, the last donation we made there over a year ago now, she was still living. She physically couldn't verbalize the Gospel to people anymore, so she was thrilled with the salt leaks. It was a different thing though to bless the home there with her living, and now to give things in her memory.
So, I have a call in to Lynette the social worker, and will be dropping these off by week's end to her. Prayers appreciated!!
I did hear a God whisper in all of this, and I did make mention of it before. I could really use your prayers on this. Grammy had an amazing roommate for 3 years. The night before Grammy passed, she pleaded with my family to still come and visit her. THAT request is firmly planted in my mind. So, I want to make her a card, so that I can write a huge thank you note inside. I want to hand deliver this to her. The difficulty here is that, of course, she is still in the same room where Grammy passed. I am having a hard time right now thinking of walking into that room. I KNOW God wants me to though, and that only He can provide the strength to do so. I really would appreciate your prayers about this though! Thank you! Love to all.
Among Friends Adult Senior Day Care Center serves clients with Dementia and Alzheimer's. They serve about 45 clients.
We had the opportunity to bless these wonderful people with God's Love by making items for them. We were even able to make enough for the workers who work so hard taking care of them.
This center is located in Chicago Illinois and one of our members were able to personally bring them there to pass out to the people.
Here are some tags and bookmarks that we made for them.
Brookdale Assisted Care Order
We have just completed this order and have mailed it to the Brookdale Home.
Special thanks to Kim Reed and Jan Paron for their contributions. Between them, and myself we sent them 77 items for their elderly residents.
We have just been in contact with Brookdale Concord Parkway in North Carolina. They have 75 residents at their assisted living home. We will be making bookmarks, tags, atc cards, etc. for their residents.
Sterling Park Nursing Home
Sterling Park Nursing Home is located in Waite Park, MN. When they were contacted about us making Scripture cards, Tags, Bookmarks, etc. to distribute to their residents, they were so excited about it...saying "Yes Of Course We Would".
I mentioned our ministry to them, explaining that we feel led through prayer to reach out to the elderly, that there are so many elderly people who feel alone, depressed, unworthy, etc. That it breaks our hearts....and we would love to be able to give some encouragement to them, brighten up their day a little, just to let them know that we are thinking of them.
They have 43 residents there, so we delivered 45 to them. They were so happy to receive them! It was so very heart-warming.
We are excited to be reaching out to God's "Seasoned" adults in this way.
Nana and Grammy
My Nana, Marion, resided at an assisted living facility. For Christmas, I gave her a bookmark I made with a Scripture verse on it, as well as some cards with lyrics of some of her favorite hymns. She had a request for me!
She loves telling people about Jesus, and she asked me if I'd be willing to make more so she could hand them out to her friends, and then she asked for quite a large number, so that staff could deliver some too. It was a tall order!
With the help of two other members, we were able to come up with a total of 70 items in just a few days. I spoke to the activities director there. She seemed happy about the donation at first...until I told her they Scriptures on them. Her tone changed, and she said they would accept 35 donations only, to be distributed by the chaplain. My Nana was still most grateful!
I was a bit discouraged by this. My other grandmother, Dorothe, lives in another nursing home in the same town. She is in the end stages of Parkinson's disease. Most of the time she is bed ridden and can barely speak above a whisper now. She is almost completely blind, and sometimes, she doesn't know who I am. She's precious. Before her illness progressed to that extent, she shared Jesus with many, many people there. Of course now, she is physically unable to do that.
So, I called the activities director there, and this time, the woman I spoke with (Lynette) was ecstatic! She said she'd be happy to hand them out herself, and that for people with poor eyesight she would hold the cards up close and read the verses to them. What a blessing!
I learned a lot from this experience. sometimes, when we share the Gospel, we most definitely are going to hit a closed door. Some people are more open than others. Does this mean I give up? No. God only asks for faithfulness and obedience, and I must trust Him to take care of the rest. It was a blessing to honor both of my grandmothers in this way!
Debbie Reed has graciously agreed to take over an exciting element of Salty Sidewalks, ministering to the elderly.....our Seasoned Salt. In her first outing to see if there was an interest, an assisted living home asked for 45 salt leaks!! This is quickly getting filled by our salty participants, praise God!!! Check back often for news, pics and stories from those that are often overlooked. Seasoned through a lifetime of heartbreak and joy - our elders have so much to share if we slow down long enough to listen....help us love them today and remind them that they still matter and they are still important.
News on one Seasoned Salt Leak- that turned out to be a waterfall!
"Good afternoon, friends! I just contacted the assisted living facility, .... where my Nana resides. As some of you know (not our newest members perhaps), I made her some of my Scripture cards and bookmarks for Christmas. She loves to share Jesus to those around her. She asked me if I could make more for her to distribute. Then, she asked if I could make enough for everyone living on her floor! Well, that was a tall order, and because I am new to this, I posted a prayer request here that same day. Debbie Reed and Diane Marra both sent me such beautiful contributions. I thought with what they sent and what I made, we would have 60 salt leaks, but it looks like, we will have 70. YAY! I am so grateful to everyone, both for contributing and for praying."
and one more exciting upcoming leak:
"I just came back from my neighborhood nursing home (a block from my house), they would love us to make things to pass out to their residents! They have 43 residents in there now."