Peripheral Impact
Written by Fred Schlicter   

     So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. – Isaiah 55:11
    
The Visitation Ministry is a vibrant group of church members actively working and engaging

with the residents of a local nursing home in order to provide a worship service as well as warm fellowship.  Meeting at the Oak Park Nursing Home twice a month, the residents have come to look forward to this very special time to interact with the group, sing, and hear God’s spoken Word. And while the focus has been on those who reside in the nursing home, there are ripple effects of the Visitation Ministry’s efforts.  The following is an excerpt from a testimony I shared with Ellie Wharton:

 

     "The first time Lin and I participated in the Visitation Ministry at the nursing home, maybe back in August or September (I don't remember when exactly), Lin met a Filipino nurse named Sonya who worked there and had recently retired. They talked and exchanged phone numbers. I think they spoke a little about church/religion/spirituality, but it was left at that, and they hadn't been in contact since - until the other day. Sonya called Lin and said she has really been searching, but just not finding anything that seems to fit or fulfill what she's really looking for, and still had a spiritual void in her life. She recalled the conversation with Lin and called her. Lin offered to do Bible studies with her. Sonya accepted, so Lin and I plan to meet with her this coming Sabbath. We're excited and thrilled, as well as amazed at how God works, but still prayerful, because we most definitely need His divine guidance. This is, in all honesty, something new for us. However, we are willing, and I know He will bless according to His riches and mercy. This is a credit to the work and presence of the Visitation Ministry. Were it not for this outreach ministry, we would not have had such an opportunity. We will keep you posted, but please remember Sonya in your prayers as we endeavor to bring God's true Word to her."    

 

We never know the peripheral impact we can have on others when we start doing God’s work, but God will magnify our efforts when we step out in faith and let God use us, even in unforeseen ways. Look for more on the Visitation Ministry in the coming months.

 

     Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – Matt. 5:6

 

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