Further Reading

Finding Jesus at Dover Manor

If you have always wanted a ministry but haven’t found a niche in your church, Finding Jesus at Dover Manor will show you how to reach people who need what you have to give. It will teach you how recognize your calling and how to pray and encourage lonely people. There are thousands who qualify as “the least of these,” as Jesus put it. They are the forgotten people who live in nursing homes.

It may seem daunting to begin a ministry such as this, but you will be amazed at how much God will pave the way for you. You are bringing the cup of cold water to thirsty people. And while we do not want to visit people in nursing homes out of guilt or duty, we should let the words of Jesus urge us into action. Often, we sit, waiting for a nudge to go and do something positive.

This book can help you learn to share your gift and to bring life to people in your community.

About the Author

Randal A. Wiedemann has an M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s in Practical Ministries from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He is an authority on making mistakes and experiencing the grace of God firsthand. Randal is president of an aviation consulting firm and lives with his family in central Kentucky.

You will be amazed at how fulfilling it can be to bring joy to those waiting to receive it. Once you get started, you find out that you are the one who receives more blessings than your care receivers.– Randal A. Wiedemann, Author

Randal’s ministry to nursing homes began when he visited his mother at Dover Manor. It has continued and grown over the years. He has recorded stories about this process to help others discover their hidden ministry talents.

Go Deeper with Additional Reading

If you want to dive deeper, here are some more books that would be helpful.

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

People who face the demanding task of caring for an aging parent often have no idea what to expect. Changing Places includes resources for organizing the care-giving process and coping with the emotional challenges.

Offering a call to value the past and to welcome what the elderly have to offer, Our Help in Ages Past is filled with easy-to-implement ideas that offer lasting joy, such as Adopt-A-Senior Programs, Senior Citizens Emphasis Day, and intergenerational story-telling.

In Honoring the Elderly, author and Presbyterian minister Brian L. De Jong combines biblical insights with practical advice for eldercare. His work shows you both the importance and the realities of caring for your aging parents or other loved ones.

Rob Moll recovers the deeply Christian practice of dying well. For centuries Christians have prepared for the “good death” with particular rituals and spiritual disciplines that have directed the actions of both the living and the dying.

After caring for her spouse, who for ten years suffered from a rare, debilitating disease, Kay Marshall Strom is able to bring a voice of experience and compassion to this important topic.

What does it look like for a believer to face the difficult reality of death through the ultimate reality of Christ? How do we live and die like we really believe the gospel is true? Readers at every stage of life can find comfort and hope.

In our highly mobile society, many people are separated from aging loved ones. Caring for older parents is a difficult and emotionally draining challenge. Martha Evans Sparks offers practical help to find balance and peace in caregiving.

Dear Nursing Home Visitor,

As you know the COVID-19 virus is especially deadly for the elderly and those with respiratory weaknesses. At this time, most nursing homes have adopted a policy of no visitors unless it is an emergency. In those cases, it is generally limited to family members only.

This means, for the time being, there is no direct ministry to those in nursing homes. However, we can all still pray for those in nursing homes and send cards and letters to anyone you know on the “inside” so to speak. If you do not know anyone, you can send cards to the administrator to be handed out to those capable of comprehending. These cards can express prayers and encouragement for lonely residents. Even when it seems there is nothing we can do, God will show us how to bless others.

May God richly bless you as you pray for the “least of these.”