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!