Homebound? You are Deeply Loved.

05.28.19 | Story | by Lisa Severson

Homebound? You are Deeply Loved.

    Remember the arctic freeze that hit the Midwest not so long ago? Like many Minnesotans, you may have been stuck at home for a few days. Whether you had a household of children home from school or were just avoiding dangerous commutes, you probably began to feel a bit stir-crazy.

    Now, imagine being shut-in for much more than just a few days. Add health challenges, pain or disabilities to this picture. There are many around you who face this scenario. They may be part of our church family, but these friends are often unable to connect with others and serve onsite as they'd like. At times, some face loneliness and wonder if they’re forgotten. Jesus doesn't leave a lot of room for guessing on priorities here. He invites us all to respond in some way to people in need.

    “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31

    “And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the king will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:39–40

    Stop and picture yourself struggling to muster the strength, health and focus you once had. Activities and even ministries you once held dear become difficult. 

    When you’re in a difficult season in life, know this truth: You are not forgotten. You are a valuable, loved member of this church family. God continues to work in your life. He teaches you, cares for you and loves you dearly.

    Every one of us is able to uniquely support those who are homebound. A prayer, a call, a meal, a note or a visit. It’s likely you’ll find immense blessing in these simple interactions as God reveals Himself in the realities and hardships of life. You may learn something about yourself. You may be encouraged by the experience of someone who has lived a lot of life. At times God will use your gifts to lessen the load of someone who is troubled. Sometimes you’ll be brokenhearted. Other times you’ll find great joy as you spend time together.

    New Hope Church visitation pastor, Randy Moselle, and a team of 30 volunteers make up a ministry to intentionally connect with homebound individuals. It’s not uncommon to hear this team express what a gift it is to see God at work in the lives of people. These visits provide a unique vantage point from which to watch His mercy in play. It’s often a behind-the-scenes role that goes unnoticed, but it means a great deal to many and reflects the heart of Jesus here in this church.

    Whether you’re caring for an aging parent, bringing dinner to a sick neighbor or trained as an NHC visitation volunteer, you’re expressing the hands and feet of Jesus. Most of the time it simply means pausing to listen to someone’s story and letting them know you care and are praying.

    Average Monthly Health-Related Connections

    • Hospitalizations: 8
    • Deaths: 6
    • Health-related phone calls: 81
    • Visitations: 19

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