Dear family and friends,
“Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.” – St. Francis de Sales
Just about everyone enjoys a birthday party. Around here when folks reach the 90 year milestone, it is a BIG event. In the photo you can see Myrtle at her 90th birthday party. Her husband Keith is sitting at the table with her. They live in our Latham Center and enjoy coming to meals in the dining hall and visiting with folks around the puzzle table. I am thankful that I can be part of the team that take care of these dear folks in their later years. They spent 41 years serving in Brazil with New Tribes Mission. Both of their adult children are serving the Lord in foreign countries as missionaries and have repeatedly expressed their thanks to the staff at NTM Homes for taking care of their parents.
Don also celebrated his 90th birthday this month. Don and his wife Dee served 50 years in Bolivia, New Zealand, and the USA. All three of their adult children have been missionaries in various places around the world.
There are sixteen residents on our property who are 90 years old or older. Twelve live in the Latham Center (six in the Assisted Living wing and six in the Independent wing). Four others are living in independent duplex apartments. We are a non-nursing facility. Therefore, when folks get to where we are not able to care for them, they transfer to a long term rehab facility or go live with family. Betty (age 97) recently moved into a local facility. Ruth (age 86) moved to Ohio to be with her daughter. Mardell (age 84) is in a local rehab facility, and her husband Jim goes and visits her often.
The average age of the retired missionaries that live on our property is 81 years. I never tire of folks telling of God’s faithfulness in their lives over the years. Many are still involved in ministry, even though they are officially retired. These ministries include teaching prisoners in local jails, talking with teens in detention centers, witnessing to college students on the local campus, holding worship services at nursing homes, praying for requests mentioned in missionary prayer letters, involvement in Good News Clubs for children, teaching Sunday School, etc. It would be difficult to mention all of the opportunities where our folks are involved in sharing their faith and mentoring others. Our retired missionaries have a heart to serve the Lord and are an example to us “younger” ones on staff.
Please pray for us in the coming weeks.
- We are planning a trip to Maryland in mid-October and will be sharing at a mission’s conference in West Virginia.
- We continue to ask prayer for others to join our staff at NTM Homes. (Administration, housekeeping, cooks, grounds crew, registered nurse, personal care staff, maintenance)
- Wisdom, grace, and strength are needed to complete the daily tasks that God puts before us.
- Many are still without a gospel witness or Bible in their language. Pray for laborers.
Praise the Lord with us.
- Roy will soon be joining our staff to work on our maintenance crew.
- Danny and Shirley will be coming before the end of the year to join us as well.
By His grace,
Brad and Wanda Hull