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Don't Forget Our Senior Adults: How to Pray for Senior Adults at FBC Buffalo

March 28, 2020, 7:00 PM

By: Dorothy Shumans 


As an old hymn writer once wrote –

Be not dismayed what ere betide, God will take care of you;

Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you.

Through days of toil when heart doth fail, God will take care of you;

When dangers fierce your path avail, God will take care of you.

All you may need He will provide, god will take care of you;

Nothing you ask will be denied, god will take care of you.

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;

Lean weary one upon His breast, God will take care of you.

God will take care of you, through every day, o’er all the way;

He will take care of you, God will take care of you.

You believe in God, believe also in Me… I have overcome the world… The that believes and trusts in Me, I will in no wise cast out. (Dorothy paraphrase)

When your faith  and trust  is totally and completely in Jesus Christ, He will take care of you.

The message that we need to impart first and foremost, and pray, for our seniors especially is that there are ready to meet their maker. Of course, this should be our prayer for each person we pray for.

During this testing time, and confinement, pray especially for peace of mind that passes all understanding, freedom from anxiety; that physical needs for those unable to care for themselves would be met; for neighbors to reach out and check on each other. Phone calls are encouraging.

A phone tree system of some sort would be awesome so that we could guarantee that each person in our “family” would get a phone call at least once a week. Daily would be better. “Just checking in to be sure you’re ok, or if you need anything.” Texting is a “no-no”. Must hear a voice!

Take a Senior, or neighbor, a treat or share a home cooked meal weekly. Frozen MRE’s are pitiful. Cornbread and beans would be great, any kind of soup or stew that’s easy to chew. Of course sweets!

Every able bodied person needs to be checking on and sharing with at least one other person. Teens and children should be involved too. Grass is starting to grow. Maybe someone needs help in the yard. One of my fondest memories was carrying meals to Mrs. Phillips when I was a kid.

Always giving thanks! God’s bountiful blessings are too awesome to go unnoticed!

Hal-le-lu, hal-le-lu, hal-le-lu, hal-le-lu-jah! Praise ye the Lord!


Dorothy Shumans is a vibrant, devoted follower of Christ, mother of four and grandmother of nine who has served as Director of House of Hope Ministries, Inc. in Haiti for many years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with certifications in Elementary Education, Vocational Home Economics, Vocal Music, English as a Second Language and Bible. Her graduate studies have included Geriatric Nutrition, Counseling families with special needs, Biblical financial counseling, and Missionary Medical Intensive training. She has authored several books in Kreyòl / English including: Creole With A Smile Grammar Textbook, Creole With A Smile Kreyòl / English Dictionary, and Quick Creole for Medical Personnel. She and her team have edited many other works for various ministries and established Kreyòl libraries in Haiti.

Dorothy’s passions are teaching, singing, gardening, cooking, sewing, camping out, traveling and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She is 75 years young and is looking forward to the next 25 years serving others wherever the Lord leads. She is available for public speaking on the subjects of missions in Haiti, nutritional healing, emergency preparedness and the Gospel of Christ. Her motto is, “Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are, for Jesus sake today!”


03-29-2020 at 7:57 AM
David Van Bebber
Thank you Dorothy for sharing your writings. Great article.
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