Mission Statement

Our mission is to be a source of spiritual and practical support to people in nursing homes,
assisted-living facilities, and wherever they may be found. When they develop into people
who are assured that they have not been forgotten by God or man, we have accomplished
our mission.

Forgotten Saints Statement of Faith

Forgotten Saints Ministry to the Elderly reflects Christ’s outreaching love. The love of God came into this world, in Jesus Christ, in a unique way. Jesus came not to be served but to serve (Mark 10:45) and to give His life in and for the world by freely taking the nature of man (Philippians 2:7).

The heart of Christian ministry is shown by a humble life of gratitude and devotion, witness and service, celebration and discipleship. All Christians are called to this ministry of servanthood in the world to the glory of God and human fulfillment.

The forms of this ministry are diverse in locale, in focus, and are inter-denominational in accent; yet still always apostolic in spirit and outreach.

Forgotten Saints Ministry Mission

Why do we do it? Why go to places most people dread? Why take time out of our busy schedules? Why “waste time” on old people? There are many reasons. Probably the most important one is that Jesus told us to do it.

Matthew 25:40
“The King will answer and say to them, ’Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”

James 1:27
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

One step into any typical nursing home and you can see that the residents truly are “the least of them;” Jesus’, and our, brethren. There’s nothing glamorous about them or their surroundings but they are all precious and important in the eyes of God. Some of them may indeed be widows but the vast majority of them are orphans. They have been orphaned Ethelby the modern church which has placed its emphasis on youth and meeting the needs of a congregation that can come to it and give to it. Many also have no family or close friends left to visit and care about them. Those in nursing homes are truly the forgotten saints of the modern church. We do it to let them know that Jesus hasn’t forgotten them.

Everyone involved with Forgotten Saints would agree that they have been called to minister to elderly people. We don’t think about the frail bodies, the diminished mental capacities or the sometimes unpleasant sights and smells. We look past the mortal to see the immortal. Each of us can testify of the times we’ve wheeled a feeble body into a service only to see that person come alive and sing at the top of his or her lungs when a cherished hymn rings out. How many times have we seen a person accept Jesus Christ as their Savior only to be in His presence upon our next visit a few days later? Most times, we are these peoples’ last chance for eternal life. We’ve learned not to pay attention to the body but to the heart and the spirit. We’re confident that even though the body may be dying, the spirit is alive and well… and hungry, in each of the people we encounter. We do it to feed the hungry spirit.

It’s surprising to note that not everyone in a nursing home is old. Over the years we’ve ministered to many people in their 20s through 50s who have been forced by illness or disease into the nursing home setting. You can imagine the hopelessness, and disappointment they sometimes feel. Many have given up on God because of what has happened to them. Some do not repair that broken relationship but we’re still there to help and encourage them to give love one more chance. One young person in particular, was so transformed that she became an ordained Pastor and served her fellow Pastor Lisaresidents as Pastor of the home where she resided. Lisa is shown at right. No matter how they react, we still pour the love and acceptance of the Lord into their lives. We do it to provide hope.

Almost always, we come home from times of ministry feeling better than when we started despite the trials and tribulations our own lives may hold. We’ve experienced the joy and genuine gratitude of an elderly person who has discovered that someone actually does care. We’ve gained a new friend and have learned something from a person who has experienced life longer and sometimes more richly than have we. All of us agree that we have received much more than we have given. We’ve discovered the cure for depression: get out and help someone more in need than yourself. It’s a secret the world needs to discover and in many cases, the church as well. We do it to encourage selfless service.

Serving these people keeps us grounded in the things that are important to God. Serving makes it easier to keep the world out and Jesus at the center of our lives. We pass that Nursing home Christmasmessage along to the elderly who need to know that just because they may be old and infirmed, they are not useless to God. Ministry comes in all forms and is for all ages. Helping those around them will also keep their eyes and hearts on the Lord. We do it help all to be spotless at His return.

There may be no monetary gain but the spiritual riches and rewards that are poured out upon us are great. Just knowing that we have helped to add a soul to the kingdom, led a lonely person to the Comforter, or witnessed healing for a hurting soul after we’ve prayed is enough to make us feel richer than anyone on earth. There’s little we can do, or are allowed to do, to heal physical ailments but souls are the currency of heaven so we concentrate on healing and enriching the spirit. Jesus came to call all people unto Himself. Who better than those who are closest to eternity? We do it to enlarge the kingdom of God.

We could go on and on about how blessed it is to be involved in ministry to the elderly. You may be skeptical because of pre-conceived ideas about nursing homes, old people or dying.Field trip All we can tell you is to try it. Join us if you’ve been concerned about an elderly loved one or felt sorry for those in nursing homes or even have felt guilty about not finding your personal ministry. You’ve been feeling Jesus’ compassionate tugging at your heart. Answer His call. It won’t be long before you’ll be saying, “I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.” We do it to help you do it too.

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