Senior Saints Can Do Orphan Care
“I am just too old.” This common notion plagues many senior adults. They often feel like they have passed their prime and don’t hold the same value they once did within their circles of influence. Sometimes they even feel disqualified from getting involved in the things of God.
But the truth is, as long as we’re breathing, we’re still called to do something. God created us on purpose and for a purpose, and that purpose does not expire. The writer of Psalms prays a powerful prayer in his old age, “Now that I am old and my hair is gray, don’t leave me, God. I must tell the next generation about your power and greatness…” Psalms 71:18 ERV.
The urgency with which the Psalmist prays exemplifies a Godly passion we all need from our elders. It’s a passion to continue to serve others regardless of age! And it’s a passion that one, special, 76-year-old “Mimi” lives out each and every day.
Diana Lokey, known by all as Mimi, is a pastor’s wife, church secretary, and a mother of 3. She has a heart to love others like family and if she sees a need, she meets it. From cooking and baking, to praying and hosting, she does everything she can for anyone who needs it. It’s simply her way of life and it’s a powerful ministry.
Mimi has never allowed her age to stop her from serving the Lord. She walks confidently, knowing her value…even if she plays different roles than when she was younger. Every week without fail she meets up with other senior saints to knit hats for homeless veterans. These “Knifty Knitters,” as they call themselves, have found something they can do for God at their age and their pace.
When Mimi was presented with the opportunity of orphan care, she knew she had to get involved! She knew the James 1:27 mandate was for her as much as any other believer. Rather than responding with, “I’m too old,” she asked herself, “what can I give?” At first she started with financial support and prayer, which are two vital gifts! But then the opportunities expanded.
When she heard about the need of homemade blankets for kids in foster care, Mimi knew that was something she could easily be a part of. She made her plans, gathered her materials, and got busy in her living room cutting and tying blankets together for kids she knew could use a little extra love. Each blanket was crafted with care and prayed over. And even though this was a simple task, Mimi knew the blankets could have a profound impact. She dropped the blankets off and smiled, knowing she was doing her part for God in orphan care.
Weeks later, reports came back that kids, even teenagers, had cried with joy at the reception of their homemade blanket. What could have seemed like a small contribution was actually a gift laced with a touch of “home,” something kids in foster care need most.
Mimi, is only one example of so many senior saints who are doing their part to give, pray, create, love, and cherish little ones who need family. She may not be able to foster children in her home right now, but she is actively engaging in orphan care and it’s making a huge difference! No matter your age or season of life, God has gifted you with something you can use for the sake of someone else. We like to say, we’re not all called to do the same thing, but we are all called to do something in orphan care. Maybe you can cook a meal for a foster family or knit items for children who may need them.
You may have the ability to rock a baby to sleep while a tired adoptive momma takes a much needed nap. Or maybe God is calling you to give financially through your church or through gift cards to overwhelmed parents on the frontlines of foster care.
What’s your something? What is God calling you to do with your time, talents, and resources? Abandon the notion that you’re too old and start embracing your God-given calling to serve! We promise the sacrifice is worth it. To help a hurting child is always worth it.
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