Launtia Cuff, Gleaner Writer
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth:AS PART of their witnessing and outreach activities, the members of the Women Ministries Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Santa Cruz take time out each month to visit and worship with the residents of the Roses Garden Nursing and Retirement Home. The church members have become familiar faces to residents who most of them now know by name.
Nursing assistant at the home, Lourianne Bennett-Lewis, says that the residents as well as the staff members at the home are appreciative of the time that the Women's Ministries group spends with them monthly.
"The residents are very appreciative of the worship that the members from the church come and have with them. They are very happy that even though they are in a home, they can hear the word of the Lord once more.
"They do a monthly visit. They are away from home and there are some things that get them down and then they hear the word of the Lord. It does help," Bennett-Lewis said
One resident shared his joy at and appreciation for not only having the members visit with them, but in knowing he was being prayed for.
Ronica Barton, the Women's Ministries director, said that the outreach activity was part of the responsibility of the church and by extension, the Women's Ministries Department.
"This is part of our community outreach programme where we reach out to those who are in need in our communities - wherever they are. This is part of our project - to go out to be with them, to share God's word with them so that they, too, will be encouraged to serve the Lord," the Women's Ministries director told The Gleaner.
She added that while the Women's Ministries group had somewhat adopted the Roses Garden Nursing and Retirement Home and regularly visited the residents, the group was also involved in other areas of outreach.
"We do this regularly. Sometimes we go to the health centres, and we visit the homes of persons who have tragic circumstances, including those who are ill in their private homes," Barton added.