During Older Americans Month and throughout the year, the Rock Church Convalescent Home Ministry partners with Life-Line Convalescent to serve the neglected through faith-based activities and personal visits at various San Diego County convalescent facilities. This ministry is personalized, allowing all interested individuals an opportunity to determine their best area of commitment and the closest location, in order to establish long-term personal relationships with the patients.
The Rock Convalescent Ministry serves people living in convalescent and nursing homes, who range from age 18 to 100 years old. According to Ken Davis, the vice president of the organization and ministry leader, 60% are bed ridden and cannot care for themselves.
Caring for people suffering from cancer, diabetes, and a variety of severe illnesses and injuries without the support of family or friends, the Rock Church Convalescent Ministry strives to provide pervasive hope to those in need.
"We minister to the most forgotten segment of our society. The ways they suffer is hard to comprehend for most people. Almost nothing is being done to help them on any level. It is one of the great travesties of our time," said Davis.
According to Davis, the number of people in these living conditions in San Diego county is close to 100,000 people. Life-Line Convalescent looks to provide care to the sick, elderly, forgotten, poorly treated, and those left to die without a family. This ministry focuses on providing love, care, and concern, in addition to meeting the practical needs that these people have.
"We do room to room visitation, and Bible studies/Church services primarily. We also do benevolence, and patient advocacy (sometimes they are abused physically, sexually, and financially)
The Life-Line Convalescent Ministry serves 5-11 different homes a week across the country. Services include: leading/assisting a Bible study, playing an instrument or singing, evangelizing, reading to individuals, praying for people, improving their conditions, and in some instances providing them with personal use items.
"Many don't have a relationship with Christ and this IS their last chance before death to get saved," Davis said. "They ARE our spiritual family and the community is neglecting them. They need A LOT more help than what they are receiving."
To find out more about Life-Line Convalescent, visit http://www.sdrock.com/
*Life-Line Convalescent Ministries is a non-profit 501[c] organization and encourages anyone with a heart to serve to join them in their mission of sharing God's love to the forgotten. Those interested should contact Pastor Jim Hakes, the president of the organization, at (619) 672-1290 or Pastor Ken Davis, the ministry leader and vice president at (619) 861-2550.
* Interview opportunity with Life-Line Founder, Pastor Jim Hakes.