Monday, May 6, 2013

Ministry Opportunity

Last week we were invited to come and do a hymn sing at a local Nursing and Rehabilitation home.
A friend from church invited us and I immediately said that I would love to do it!
Most of the Holland children were excited for the new adventure. Martin didn't want to have anything to do with it. 
In his ever so blunt and abrasive way, he told me that he didn't want to go and that he didn't even want to have a right heart about it.
I thanked him for his honesty and told him that he had to do it anyway. I quietly began to pray that God would move in his heart and change Martin's thinking about it. 
Once we got there, most of the residents who were going to be there were already waiting on us. There were a few of them we needed to go and get, so my friend, Kelly took us through the home searching out some more folks to join us. We gathered a few more and pushed them down the room where were would be singing. Martin carefully pushed one of the residents himself. I was cautiously optimistic that his heart was opening up to these wonderful people at this home.

We sang dozens of beautiful old hymns and encouraged the men and women to sing along with us. It was a pure joy and encouragement to my heart. The children sang along as much as they could. They didn't know all of the hymns that we sang.

Rosalie and Aaron (and Jonathan...sort of) sang a song at the end by themselves. They sang Christ is Risen He is Risen Indeed. I played (and sang) as well. If you look closely in the video you can see Jonathan sitting in a chair behind Aaron hiding - but singing along!

As we drove away, Martin said that it wasn't at all what he thought it would be and that he really enjoyed it and hopes that we can go back again soon!
Praise God for working a little miracle in Martin's heart!


  1. Loved watching the video of you all singing one of our favorite songs :) So glad that you had this opportunity. Singing at Hillside was always a special time for us too!

  2. Love this video!!! What an awesome time of ministry!!! We miss and love ya'll!!! :)

  3. I remember going to nursing homes as a child and singing to the elderly. It really brighten up their day. What a wonderful blessing you gave to those that day.