Sunday, July 11, 2010
Reaching Out to Others
Guest Artist: Faye
Faye is a wonderful mixed media artist who recently created this beautiful blue tag. It is one of many projects that she has brought to a nursing home where she volunteers teaching art to the patients. She is using her talent to serve the Lord--what a wonderful gift to all who learn from her.
You see, in addition to her work schedule, Faye has volunteered at nursing homes off and on for about 40 years. For 6 years, she worked as the director of Homebound Ministries for her church. In that capacity, she visited the sick and homebound. It provided her with an opportunity to share her faith. She even wrote a devotional book, “Rough Around the Edges,” about her experiences.
Faye is retired now and still making a difference. I asked her if I could share part of a letter she had written to me because I knew it would inspire all of you. Here it is:
When I retired, I still taught Bible studies and Sunday school, but I had time on my hands. I decided to offer my artistic ability to a nearby nursing home. I have volunteered there for almost 2 1/2 years. I love those dear old souls and enjoy crafting and talking with them, including sharing faith stories and praying with them. I am 75 years old and hope that I am allowed to keep my health and strength so I can continue the nursing home trips.
The Bible study that I lead is small and all of us are elderly. We meet in the daytime since all are retired and because none of us likes to drive at night. My church is a 45 mile round trip from my home. We moved to the country in 1992 and stayed with the same church we had been attending. With family 900 miles away, our church is our family. God has blessed my husband and me with 53 years of marriage, 2 children and a lovely granddaughter, a senior at the College of William and Mary. It is our joy to serve the Lord wherever He leads us.
Posted by Cindy Adkins at 10:23 PM