On October 10, 2008, my dad left this life to spend eternity with our Lord and Savior. Thirteen days before that he learned he had cancer. Six days before his leaving this life the Gospel of Jesus was shared with him. The Gospel had been shared with him before, but this time he outwardly revealed he wanted Jesus to live in his life.
I learned from my dad that people of all ages want to be connected with others. Due to poor health in the last couple of years of dad’s life, dad kept in contact with those he loved by making daily telephone calls. Gradually, dad became completely homebound, except for his doctor’s appointments. Because of his inability to travel, dad so enjoyed people stopping by to see him.
Within weeks of dad’s “going home”, mom developed ovarian cancer. By the time the doctors found where it originated, she was in Stage 4 (the final stage). We were blessed to have her with us for 2 ½ more years. Six months into her cancer treatments, she decided she wanted to start doing one-on-one Bible Study, something I had offered to her many times. It was amazing to watch her go from a place of fear to a place of peace. She was so hungry for God’s word. She went from knowing OF Jesus to KNOWING Jesus. She had made the comment on one occasion that she hoped she lived long enough to “bear fruit.”
God has used the experiences with both of my parents to plant the seed in my mind that eventually has become GRACE Adoption Inc.
Love, coupled with life’s experiences, has a way of opening one’s eyes to the needs of others. It also has instilled in me the joy of spending time with the elderly. I have had the honor of being a friend to many “senior citizens” since my parents’ “going home”. Some of them have also departed this earth, but not without the genuine caring of another human being. You too can make a positive difference in someone else’s life. Please consider becoming a part of GRACE Adoption Inc. You will be a blessing to a senior citizen, but in blessing others, you will be blessed!
Kim served as a nursing home administrator since 1993. She was the administrator at Oak Hill from 2001 through 2020. The elderly population has been a passion of Kim’s from an early age. Her first job was as a nursing assistant at Red Bud Hospital. She has held various positions in nursing homes including nursing assistant, activity director, volunteer coordinator, assistant administrator, and social service director. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University where her studies were concentrated in the field of long-term care administration. Kim is active in her church, Hope Christian Church. Christ is a priority in Kim’s life as she seeks to serve Him.
The older generation has much to offer. By becoming a part of GRACE Adoption Inc., not only will you provide friendship to another, but you also will benefit from the years of experience an older adult has known. Often times the resident becomes like a member of your extended family. Volunteering in a long-term care facility can be a blessing that is rewarding and at times life-changing.
I was honored to be asked to serve as one of the directors for GRACE Adoption, Inc. With parents the age of my peers’ grandparents, I have been privileged to learn the blessing of being in many close relationships with those older than me my entire life. I was also blessed to have parents who showed me the value of having a relationship with the LORD. My experiences also include a career in teaching young children of a range of abilities, involvement in various ministries in the church, and some sales experience. I have been involved in the Open Arms ministry at Hope Christian Church, as well as beginning a second career in Christian counseling. My involvement in the Open Arms ministry led me to develop a friendship with Christina, who was a resident at an assisted living facility. My relationship with Christina is in the spirit of GRACE Adoption, Inc. — before GRACE Adoption, Inc. even had a name! I hope that my background and life experiences can be of benefit to GRACE Adoption, Inc., and its mission to provide opportunities for the elderly to develop a relationship with the LORD.
My husband, Jerry, and I live outside Waterloo. We continue to learn more about ourselves and each other as we relate to our growing family. (At this time, we have five wonderful grandsons and 1 granddaughter!) We surprised our kids a few years ago when we purchased a Harley. We continue to surprise them as we occasionally zoom away (for short periods of time) leaving our two Cairn terriers and unfinished home projects behind us.
I hope that you will consider joining the ministry of GRACE Adoption, Inc. I am certain that there are blessings ahead for all those who choose to serve the Lord in this way.
Having grown up in a military family, I was instilled with the importance of older family members at a very early age. The only vacations my parents would take (when in the United States) was to go and visit my grandparents, and when my daddy retired from the Air Force, that is exactly where he moved our family—literally, to the small town where both sets of grandparents lived.