Through our service at the Waco Healthcare and Quality Care Healthcare, the Lord is touching many residents and workers. If you would like to be involved in ministering to these precious handicapped or elderly residents, you can contact Joyce Maresh at (254) 214-4509 (for Quality Care) or Janet Ross at (254) 723-6559 (for Waco Healthcare).
The residents of both Homes love personal visits; many of them seldom have visitors.
At Waco Healthcare, we meet every Friday at 9:30am for “church” – a 45-minute fellowship of singing, teaching, prayer, and snacks. It’s a highlight of the week for the 15 or so residents as well as for the seven of us Highlanders! We have a monthly service at Quality Care and need more people who can commit to serve at this event. If you are interested in this important ministry, contact Janet Ross.
During the coronavirus situation, we are not visiting nursing homes as mandated by our national and state elected leaders.
When one of our Senior Adults is ill, has had surgery, or has passed away, the Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs) and Connection Groups (CGs) usually provide meals for them. If the person was not in an ABF or CG, then the request for food goes to the Meal Ministry Team for a meal train or a meal following a funeral. Wanda Foster oversees this ministry. If you would like to cook or bake for those in need, contact Wanda.
Kathy Hunter oversees our Helps Ministry Team and has a list of people who are willing to drive those needing a ride to the doctor, rehab, or stores. She also has people who are willing to do repair work or yard work. If you need help or are willing to offer your services to those in need, you can email Kathy (
Our Life-Givers team offers encouragement, hope, and joy to shut-ins and those in hospitals, rehabs, and healthcare facilities. Many of these precious people are lonely, depressed, and in physical pain; we pray our visits will lift their spirits and express God’s love to them. Not only do we interact with the residents and patients we intend to see, we also reach out to the staff, aides, nurses, and other residents. We are representing Jesus Christ, so we want to touch as many as we can with His love. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to Me.”
When we visit, we often read God’s Word to them. Common passages are Psalm 23, 91, and 103; Isaiah 41:10, 28-31 and 43:1-2; Romans 8:32-39, Rev. 19: 1, 5-9, 11-16 and 21:1-7.
We pray with them for their needs as the Holy Spirit leads us. Many request prayer for God’s comfort and presence, for His wisdom for their doctors and nurses, kindness from workers, relief from pain, and grace in difficult situations.
Sometimes we sing hymns or songs to and with them or play their favorite music for them. We also take Christian magazines and devotionals with us. Sometimes we take cookies or snacks, flowers, or cards.
Many in homes or facilities live without affection every day, so if they welcome touch, we hug them lightly or hold their hand while we pray. Our hope and prayer is that our visits will bring a sense of God’s presence and leave them feeling closer to Jesus.
If you would like to participate in our Life-Givers ministry, contact Janet Ross.