On the Saturday before resurrection Sunday, I received opportunity to visit a home for elderly people, located just beyond my city. This place is home to around 400 men and women. It is run by a Hindu Yogi and is named Earth Savior’s Foundation.
As I was on my way to this place, I was told that this was a special home because the residents were not staying there voluntarily. Instead, they were people who had been abandoned by their families or who were found on the streets of my city wandering like homeless people.
The majority of them had been abandoned by their families in or outside a hospital where they went to receive treatment for major illnesses and terminal diseases. Some of their families ran out on them when it was time to pay for their treatment. Upon being called to pay, they refused to recognize their own family members. Surprisingly, some of these people were from highly educated backgrounds whose families just abandoned them at a time when they were needed the most.
I found one elderly gentlemen at this home reading a book about Steve Jobs. I was told of a woman residing there who had a Master’s degree in commerce from a prestigious college in Delhi. She is now suffering from a mental illness and depression like many of her fellow residents. I was also told of an elderly lady who had been locked in a room for more than 8 years by her son and daughter-in-law before she was rescued by the police and brought to this home. It is heart breaking to see these people and to hear of their stories.
During my time here, I was asked to share something with the home’s residents and I could think of nothing better than the Gospel. I shared it with them in the context of my own testimony, as I too struggled with depression and feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and worthlessness at one point in my life, although my struggle was nothing compared to what these people are going though. But still, it was an honor for me to testify of the love and saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to them and also pray for and intercede on their behalf, asking God to not only heal their bodies but also their souls, which were visibly broken.
Most of the people in this place are terminally ill while some of them are suffering from severe depression and other mental disorders. Most of them are well advanced in years. I do not know how much time they have left on this earth but what a tragedy it would be if they die without believing in Jesus as their Lord and savior. There are people who need Jesus all around us.
"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:14-17
Coming out of this place, I was reminded of God’s steadfast love towards his people and his promises: "Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me." Isaiah 49:15-16
Added comments by Steve Schirmer, President, Silk Road Catalyst:
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