on witnessing to the sick & elderly.
Sister Goodwin, I have really enjoyed reading your page here and wondered
if maybe you could point me in the right direction and give me a little
advice on my situation. My Grandmother has kidney dialysis 3 times a week,
my daughter and I go pick her up from the dialysis clinic every afternoon.
I see such a need for soul winning there, so many people in very poor
health in need of the Lord. If you know much about diabetes and kidney
dialysis you would understand of course that there isn't much hope for
these people, they are in reality, at the last years of their life. So
many are just pitiful elderly people that get wheeled in and dropped off
by a nursing home worker, they sit there and moan because they are in so
much discomfort, it tears at my heart and I want to be able to be an
effective witness there and I just don't know what to do.
aren't ministry people, just lay persons in the church and so I've not
really had experience with going out and witnessing. I'm only there for a
few minutes 3 times a week but the need is so great I feel like I should
be doing something to reach out and be more of a witness for the Lord to
these lost people who happen to be in such poor health.
do I start? What would you recommend I do? I'm the kind of person that it
will take a lot of effort and courage on my part to just speak up to
strangers, I'm sort of backward about these things but I want to be a
willing vessel and let Him use me if I can be used in this situation.
recently found out that one of the patients there who I had felt pressed
to begin praying for happens to be the son of a holiness woman from
another area church and it really touched me that God must surely have his
hand on this man and be trying to reach him because here he is with his
holiness mother and uncle who is a pastor praying for his soul and in an
instant one day the Lord dropped it on my heart to in that clinic to start
praying for that man, a very specific prayer and then weeks later I find
out who he is and more about the situation.
has really opened my eyes that there is a lot of opportunity out there to
be a good witness that I haven't been stepping up to and I sort of need a
good push in the right direction I guess. It also touches my soul to see
how when the Lord cares about a soul and wants to woo him to salvation, he
will put his hand on that person and can have people praying for him and
reaching out to him everywhere he goes. It's so wonderful to think how
much the Lord loves us and wants us all to make it! I feel a real burden
on my heart towards the elderly and sick but I just feel like where do you
What a moving testimony! God is pleased with your desire to reach out to
hurting people. It is His will for you to do so,
therefore you can count on His help!
I loved doing hospital ministry and often led people to the Lord as I
talked to them about Him. Hurting people want someone to care. When they
sense you are genuinely interested in them it opens the door.
When you take your Grandmother, be on the look out
for someone you can go to. Just walk over and say, "Hi! How are you
doing? Have you been coming here very long? (Questions like this open the
way. They show the person you are interested in them)
Sometimes, just a touch means so much. Put your hand on theirs and look in
their eyes. Ask their name and tell them you are going to pray for them.
(Then be sure to do it)
them briefly about your Grandmother.. "One
thing that has really helped us during these times is
knowing the Lord and that He cares. Do you know that He cares about
you and what you are going through?"
"Do you ever pray? We can pray for healing and strength, because
Jesus is the healer. Even greater is to pray for Salvation..
because that's why Jesus came and died and rose
again. Have you ever thought much about God and about being ready to meet
"One day I prayed to the Lord and did what the Bible said to do to
get saved. I confessed my sins to the Lord, and asked His forgiveness.
Then I asked Jesus to come into my heart and save me. He did, and His
peace fills my heart now. It is wonderful to have assurance that if I die
tonight I know where I am going. It is really important to think about
those things, because everyone of us is some day going to stand before
God. Would that feel good to you, just to know for sure that you are ready
to meet the Lord? Would you like that kind of assurance? "
(Then explain how she can get it..)
I have also found that singing to a patient really is effective... Even
if you don't usually sing.
I walked into a hospital room and found the patient seated in a chair with
an oxygen mask on her mouth. As I began talk to her about spiritual
things, she rejected me and said, "I'm not interested!" So I
just smiled and said, "O. K. --but I do hope you get better ... and
just before I go, I want to sing a little song to you." And I started
to sing, Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound..." Her eyes lit up and
she announced, "I know that song..." and soon she was singing it
with me through her oxygen mask.
it was over I asked her if she knew who wrote that song. She said
"No." So I told her, "A very evil man wrote it." She
was shocked! I said, Yes, his name was John
Newton. He was a drunk and immoral man. He bought and sold slaves. He was
cruel.... but one day something amazing happened to him. He realized how
sinful he was and he prayed for the Lord to forgive him and save him. John
Newton became a brand new man, and that's how he could then write about
the amazing grace of the Lord. When Jesus saves a person he makes them
And I could go on all night with ideas and examples... but I'd better stop
here. Hope it helps some.
you for the advice Sister Goodwin. You're such an inspiration and
encouragement on here! I know this may seem like a silly and obvious topic
to some, but for someone like me who is usually shy about talking to
people I don't really know well, and not in them ministry, it takes a lot
of deep breaths and prayers to start trying something like this! I will
keep you posted on any results I see when I start making these new
Angie, just start little. Get some good Gospel Tracts. You can just
leave them on tables, or hand them to someone while saying, "Hello, I
hope you are doing well today. Here's something good to read." That's
not too hard! You can do it! Have a good old fashioned prayer meeting and
get that Holy Ghost anointing... then obey the
Lord who commands us to GO!
I expect to hear a good report soon!!!
I had the privilege to be in Sis. Goodwin's
Personal Evangelism class, and let me tell you it is the BEST! She had us
passing out tracts and having our own personal mission field. However, our
freshman class was quite large, and so me and 3 other girls decided we
would go to the nursing home as our mission field, and we would often
break up into groups of 2 one group would go down one hallway, and the
other group would go down the other hallway, and one thing that I noticed
to be particularly effective was singing. We always went in and talked to
them, asked them how they were feeling, etc, just to show our interest in
them and they we would ask them if we could
sing to them. One day we were visiting an elderly gentleman, and on
previous visits he just seemed to shut us out, but that day we sang
Amazing Grace to Him and one of the girls asked Him if he knew the Lord,
and if he was ready to go, and he said no, but that he was ready to accept
Jesus. It was so great! We had other stories from that trip, and got quite
close to some in the nursing home
to Door Witnessing
is something I remember well from my class at Export. I've tried to put it
into practice. But how do we get others interested in knocking on doors
and inviting people. My husband and I have gone by ourselves several
times, with promises from others they will too, but with no follow
through. Maybe someone has a good Idea on how to boost moral
in this dying work.
This is a GREAT topic, and well worth taking seriously. Inspiring others
is a MUST if you want to get others in your church involved. Start with
the most important thing...PRAYER. Pray earnestly that God
will give your people a burden and willingness to go.
1. The pastor plays an important part... It has to be important to him.
Make announcements... We are taking up an exciting challenge. This city
needs God. You are needed as we step out in our neighborhoods knocking on
doors. You can do it. We will give you the literature, and teach you what
2. Talk about it positively, with excitement! Put up exciting posters
.. JOIN US FOR A GREAT ADVENTURE IN YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE!
3. Pray.... and appoint Captains... to actively sign people up to
go on your selected day.
4. Pray....and make use of the phone. Call church people...
"We need you... how about signing up for this week.."
5. Continue to have people give reports from
the platform... only good results... so as to encourage others.
- Those who go door to door can tell how they talked to someone, how they
responded, etc; and how it gave them a greater burden, etc;
(You get what you promote!)
6. Have special prayer for the teams going out. Bring them to the
front. Make them important. Pray over the literature.
7. Have a prayer meeting for the unsaved. Invite church to bring in
slips of paper with names on them. Divide them up into little piles... Get
church members to come take a pile of names.. go
to prayer now for each name individually... all praying together...
This will encourage an interest and burden for souls.
8. Have a report back session at a specific time, each time people go..
snacks, each one tells their experiences...
have prayer for results..
9. Order a supply of tracts. Create a nice attractive church announcement
with directions, time, etc; Have a map of the streets of your town or
city. Assign streets to teams. Give them written assignment with room for
them to give a brief report on each door they knock on. Always have
reports returned to church so prospects can be followed up.
There is SO MUCH MORE THAT CAN BE SAID ON THIS... but perhaps that will
give you a few ideas.
Anyone have more.... please add them!
Jim has preached in many churches and mostly his message has been on
encouraging folks to witness. You can't make anyone witness. Sometimes,
if you're waiting for church folks to go out en mass. You might be
waiting a long time. I would do all the things Sis. Goodwin spoke about,
as well as do it by EXAMPLE. If you really feel
the Burden, GO. Do not wait for others to do it with you. You do it and
then share the blessing of the experience.
are right, Sis. Bonnie..
Jesus knew what would give us a burden and vision... He said "Lift up
your eyes and LOOK on the fields.."
Just take a walk or a ride through your town. Look at the people. Look at
the houses with families inside. Ask... "How many of these are saved?
How many of these are headed for hell?" Look at the faces of people
in the stores... Think of them as souls.... souls for whom Jesus died. Let
it grip your heart... Pray as you go and ask God to let that vision get a
hold of your heart.
I have had some awesome experiences going by myself from door to door.
Pray! Pray! Pray! Ask the Lord to use you to reach some soul for Him. Then
Go! Go! Go! Become a soulwinner yourself. Then
your excitement will be caught by others in your church.
There are three things people want to know about a stranger knocking at
1. Who you are
2. Where you are from
3. and What you want.
to put all that information into your first sentence when they open the
(Example... and it doesn't have to be exactly like this... I actually use
different approaches, depending on who I am approaching. This is just a
Hi! (big smile...) My name is Claire Goodwin
from (your church name) in (city where church is located), and I've
brought some important information for you. (Then hold out the literature
you have brought) Have you ever seen anything like this? It tells you
about how Jesus died on a cross as our substitute, to provide a way for us
to get to heaven when we die.
Do you ever think about spiritual things?
Have you ever heard about knowing Christ in a personal way?
How would you say someone comes to know Him in this way?
The Bible tells us all about this:
Rom. 3:23 -We have all sinned
Rom. 6:23a- The consequences of our sin is eternal death, or
separation from God eternally, in hell.
Rom.6:23b- But God doesn't want anyone to go to hell... He has
provided the GIFT of salvation, which we can get only through Jesus... It
is a gift. We can't do any kind of good works to earn it, or deserve it.
It is free. We can believe it is for us, and even want it, but still not
have it. We must receive it.
Acts 3:19 - Repent ye therefore and be
converted that your sins may be blotted out...
John 1:12- Receive Christ into your heart and life..
Rev. 3:20 He is standing knocking at your heart's door right now.
Will you open the door and invite Him to come in? I would be so happy to
pray with you right now!
remember one time we went door to door for class. Not always did we leave
with good responses. But this time the lady that answered the door was
ripe unto harvest. She was taking care of here
mother who was suffering from MS. At this time I just happen to know a
friend that God had just healed of this same thing. This opened the door
for us to speak to this woman about her soul and to pray with her. I don't
know what happened to this woman and her mother but I do know God spoke to
them that day.