I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now. We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community. We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.
Before my father was born again he played the piano in a jazz band. He played mostly weddings, parties and nightclubs. I remember being eight and screaming out, “Play Watermelon Man!” over and over at one of his gigs until he finally played it. I think that was the last nightclub appearance I was allowed to make.
After he was saved he traded in his powder blue tux and became the church pianist and choir director. When he played Amazing Grace people would often ask him “Where did you learn to play the piano? You didn’t learn to play like that in a church.” He would just flash a smile. Even more than he loved to entertain he loved to minister to people. One of our activities every Sunday after morning church was Nursing Home Visitation. I was forced to had the pleasure of singing the old hymns to the residents. I could sing back then. In the Garden. Blessed Assurance. Victory in Jesus. I was also everyone’s granddaughter. Literally. Bless their hearts, many of them lived in some form of confusion.
That confusion can make nursing home ministry especially difficult. Alzheimer’s, senility, normal aging. Sometimes you bring the gospel week after week in faith and nothing seems to be getting in. But every once in a while the Holy Spirit cracks open the door and the lights come on.
Calvary Temple has been visiting some of the Northern Virginia area Assisted Living facilities for more than twenty years now. More than thirty volunteers minister at the Tall Oaks Home in Reston, VA doing chapel services on Sundays and Bible studies twice a week. The residents love to have visits from children so when Mark and Shelly go to have Bible study they take the kids with them. On a recent visit they had an especially exciting night and the “lights came on” for one of their ladies.
Before you can have a Bible Study you have to round up the residents. Satan knows he has most of these people right where he wants them and he’s not willing to let them go. He has dissenters who try to prevent the others from attending. They may not even know why they’re doing it. On this special night the ladies who are usually persuaded by the dissenters to skip Bible study were determined.
“No. I think I do want to go to Bible Study tonight.” Mrs. H was especially confused and kept trying to find her mother to ask permission to attend. Praise God the nurse told her she knew it was okay and she should go hear about Jesus. God has His people planted too!
Mark had one of his children read Acts 2, and as he was reading Mark felt very impressed to emphasize that Jesus gives us the victory over death. Death has no sting when Jesus is Lord and Savior. Mrs. H became very coherent and said, “it is amazing, what a wonderful thing!” Mark asked her if she had ever asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior. She said that she had always had faith in Him, and asked Him for things, but that no one had ever explained all of this to her.
Mrs. H asked Mark and Shelly to pray with her and that night she gave her heart to the Lord. A new life in Jesus right at the finish line. Nursing Home Ministry is a labor of love and an act of faith. But nights like these you are so thankful the Lord allows you to be a part of something so special.
About Calvary Temple
Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.