My Life Before Jesus

My Life Before Jesus

A man survives a drug overdose.

I met Kevin Hutton at a church social event on a Sabbath a few months ago. I did not recognize him as a member of the church, and I wanted to become acquainted. From our first conversation, I understood that he had learned from Scripture that Saturday was the Sabbath, that the dead do not ascend to heaven when they die and many doctrines we hold as Seventh-day Adventists. Soon after meeting with him, we started Bible studies together and he is preparing to join the church. As I sat listening to his amazing story, I asked him to share some of the highlights of how he came to know the Lord. 

—Mike Bauler

As an eight-year-old, I listened to my older brother recite Luke 19:10. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” We didn’t go to church much as kids. I heard about a kingdom in heaven, but never invested in treasure there. Jesus knocked at my heart’s door, but I never answered. The years of my past were marked with loneliness, confusion, anger and pain. But the Bible verse my brother taught me stayed in my mind. 

I became a hateful, proud drunk who struggled with drug addiction. I broke all of God’s laws and cared only about myself. But I loved my older brother very much, and we stayed close through the years.

Unfortunately, he struggled with drug addiction too. When I didn’t hear from my brother for several days, I went looking for him. I found him—dead—a victim of heroin overdose. My body wracked in pain and shock; I felt a surge of anger as I blamed God. At my brother’s funeral, I chose Luke 19:10 for the verse and listened mechanically to the familiar line.

I plunged deeper into my addictions. One day, I knew that I was dying of a heroin overdose too. As I crossed the living room floor of my house, I felt myself slipping away. I didn’t call out for help. I stumbled over to my chair without a word. “It doesn’t matter where I go after death as long as I don’t have to look at this world anymore,” I thought. Maybe death would break me free from my chains.

Everything went pitch black as I lost consciousness. I woke up to an EMT standing over me. 

“He’s brain dead,” the guy said.

“I am not brain dead,” I argued.

I had been unconscious for eight hours. I feel that I must have died. I was brought to the ambulance and then the hospital. I was in bad shape. The doctors found that I was septic, had pneumonia and my heart was in atrial fibrillation (an electrical dysfunction of the heart which causes an irregular heartbeat.). I breathed only with assistance.

When I woke up in the ICU the next day, I felt different. One thing I noticed is that I didn’t have cravings for alcohol or drugs. I felt a hunger for spiritual food. In my heart, I opened the door and let Christ in.

From that day forward, I began reading the Bible. It brought back the memory of my beloved brother teaching me the words of Luke 19:10.

My life is different now. God has made me a new creature. Where once I saw despair, I now see hope. I see a light that never goes out—even in my darkest times.  


Kevin Hutton lives in Martinsburg West Virginia. He is studying to be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church. 

How You Can Help
Pray that God will keep Kevin faithful to the truth and be used by God to bring others to know Jesus.

No Limit to God’s Power

No Limit to God’s Power

A public crusade in West Virginia is blessed with surprises and souls.

The Lord indeed has been working miracles in our public crusade here in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

In preparation for the meetings, we rented a room that would hold 75 people in a Holiday Inn near the church. Perhaps our faith was far too small, believing that attendance would be no different than in past seminars. About a week and a half before the seminar began, we had close to thirty guests registered. Together with the church members also attending, we thought the room we reserved would be the perfect size. That’s when the hotel’s event coordinator called with a request. “Would you consider moving into a much larger room?” came the question. “It would accommodate another event happening.”

With a bit of apprehension, I agreed to the arrangement. I thought it would look odd having a large room with everyone spread out among a lot of empty seats. Just days after we agreed to change rooms, the calls began pouring in. Two days before the meetings began, we had more than 140 preregistered guests. What a surprise! The first weekend, the place was packed with just a few empty seats. I am amazed by how God works!

It was truly amazing to see many of the guests taking notes. Each text and historical quotation flashed across the screen were jotted down on paper as if lives depended on it. When the night came for the Sabbath truth to be presented, it was a particularly difficult subject for the people to hear. Their facial expressions told of the betrayal they felt from former pastors who had hidden the truth from them. Some were expressing their feelings in words during the sermon.

The Mark of the Beast study solidified why we should keep the seventh day holy. That night, an invitation was made to the whole assembly to come and worship with us on the Sabbath. I guessed that very few would actually show up for the worship service. To my surprise, eleven people decided to keep the Sabbath for the first time. They all seemed very happy to be in church, and eager to learn more from God’s Word. It was a blessing to hear their testimonies of how God revealed the truth to them about the Sabbath.

We are nearing the end of our public crusade, and the people want to hear still more from God’s Word. They have been filled, but they want more. They do not wish for these meetings to end! We have asked the hotel if we can rent the room for a few more nights before we transfer to the church.

The service on Sabbath is marked with new faces now. Some have even come to us with the desire to be baptized into the body of Christ. God is indeed moving on hearts! There is truly no limit to His power.

West Virginia

Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International.

How You Can Help
Pray for the new people who are keeping the Sabbath for the first time. Pray that they will accept all the truth from the Bible.

Give. If you would like to help Mission Projects International conduct evangelistic meetings around the world, please mark your donation “MPI Evangelism” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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Letter from Mike: West Virginia – March 2019

In the time of Hezekiah, a great reformation took place in Israel. During this revival, Israel gathered together to “keep the Passover in the second month.” 2 Chronicles 30:2. As the messengers went through the land proclaiming the news concerning the Passover, many in Manasseh laughed and mocked the messengers, but many in other tribes humbled their hearts and came to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, “they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and they took away all the incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron.” 2 Chronicles 30:14, NKJV. “The desecrated streets of the city were cleared of the idolatrous shrines placed there during the reign of Ahaz.” Prophets and Kings, 337. “So the children of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing to the LORD, accompanied by loud instruments. . . . Then the whole assembly agreed to keep the feast another seven days, and they kept it another seven days with gladness.” 2 Chronicles 30:21, 23, NKJV. “The seven days usually allotted to the Passover feast passed all too quickly, and the worshipers determined to spend another seven days in learning more fully the way of the Lord. The teaching priests continued their work of instruction from the book of the law; daily the people assembled at the temple to offer their tribute of praise and thanksgiving; and as the great meeting drew to a close, it was evident that God had wrought marvelously in the conversion of backsliding Judah and in stemming the tide of idolatry which threatened to sweep all before it.” Prophets and Kings, 337, 338.

The Lord indeed has been working miracles in our public crusade here in Martinsburg, West Virginia. In preparation for the meetings, we rented a room that would hold seventy-five people in a Holiday Inn near the church, thinking of the attendance of past seminars. Perhaps our faith was far too small, believing that things would be the same as before. About a week and a half before the seminar started, we had about thirty guests registered. With the church members also attending, we thought the room reserved would be a perfect size. That’s when the hotel’s event coordinator called and asked me if we would consider moving into a much bigger room to accommodate another event in our room. With a bit of apprehension, I agreed to the arrangement, although I thought it would look odd having a large room with everyone spread out amongst a lot of empty seats. Just days after we agreed to change rooms, the calls began pouring in. Two days before the meetings began we had more than one hundred and forty preregistered guests. The first weekend the place was packed, with just a few empty seats. I am amazed by how God works!

We are nearing the end of our public crusade, and the people want to hear still more from God’s Word. They have been filled, but they want more. As it was in Hezekiah’s time, these seekers have commented publicly that they do not wish for these meetings to end! We have asked the hotel if we can rent the room for a few more nights before we transfer to the church. Already, some of the meeting attendees have been coming to worship the Lord on the Sabbath. Some have even come to us with the desire to be baptized into the body of Christ. God is indeed moving on hearts!

Yours in the service of the Master,

The Little Flock

The Little Flock

A woman’s burden for the salvation of children leads to a new ministry.

We are told to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Matthew 28:19. We feel that our church, and especially our children, should have a burning desire to take the name of Jesus to the world. Over the course of the last few years, our local church has been active in reaching out through sharing books, Bibles and Bible studies to prisoners and the public. Our children are actively involved in areas of outreach in which they are old enough to participate in.

After reading passages from Adventist Home and other good counseling resources, we felt convicted to incorporate still more outreach into our homeschooling routine. We volunteered for community service in our local area, but as beneficial as this was for both the community and our children, something seemed to be lacking. We wanted to incorporate Christ more specifically into our labors. Slowly, God was leading us to embark on a new ministry effort.

I often thought about the fact that the outreach sponsored by churches and ministries typically targeted adults, not children. “I wish there were more resources to reach the children with,” I shared with my husband one day. “They are the adults of the future. Why isn’t more being done for them?”

Little did I realize God’s plan was to involve us in this specific work.

Our church received a heartfelt letter from a husband and father who had spent a lot of time in and out of jail. He shared his tender regard for his children, recognizing that his actions had hurt them in many ways. He sincerely longed for their salvation, and asked us if there was anything we could do for his children.

What can your children do in this outreach? I felt the Holy Spirit impress my mind.

What if children, under the direction of their parents and the church, witnessed to other children? It would be a great way to reach out to the little flock.

When I shared this concept with our church, everyone was excited. God just threw open the doors – so much so, that it shocked us. He obviously was leading in all of this, for each idea clearly and easily materialized.

We have developed a correspondence Bible study course where children receive a lesson (an evangelistic version of My Bible First) along with a corresponding craft. These are geared for new or non-Adventists. After the children complete the lessons, they receive an age-appropriate Bible. All materials, postage, Bibles and crafts are free to the receiver. Currently, we have two sets of lessons geared for children ages 4–6 and 7–12.

We hope to add teen lessons in the future if the need should arise. In order to maintain contact with the children, we would like to mail out a small magazine every other month. It will share more stories and lessons. These will be geared to those who have completed our first correspondence set, and to Seventh-day Adventist children familiar with our beliefs. We will also include an audio disc with Scripture songs, story time and more music sung by children for children. As this this new ministry unfolds, we appreciate your prayers.

You may ask, “Can my children get involved with this sort of outreach?” The answer is yes, they can! Contact us for free literature materials. Encourage your children to pass them out to their friends, or even attach the brochures to doors of homes in your community. May God richly bless you as you strive to encourage your children in His work!  


South Dakota


Angela Alberts lives in Britton, South Dakota, and is the creator of the children’s Bible study lessons.

How You Can Help

Pray for the children who will be reached by this ministry. Pray that God will use these children to reach their parents with the truth.

For more information:

Angela Alberts
P.O. Box 43
Britton, SD 57430

04/14/2018: An Angry Inmate

An Angry Inmate

A prisoner becomes upset when presented with the truth.

The country of Russia has denied Jehovah’s Witnesses the right to congregate and distribute literature. As Seventh-day Adventists are also considered fundamentalists, we may be subject to similar court orders in the future. 

A statement written by Ellen White could be closer than we think. “Those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order…” The Great Controversy, 592. How much time do we have before our ultimate test of loyalty becomes a reality? 

As we send Bibles to the prisons, we feel that time is running out. We have had the privilege of baptizing twenty-one inmates in local facilities so far. Some of these babes in Christ have life sentences, and we admonish them to be faithful witnesses. Thanks to the influence of these converts, we see new faces at our services every week, where all are offered a free Bible and Bible studies. 

We receive requests for Bibles and corresponding study materials from inmates stationed across the country. As inmates send us notes of appreciation, we are reminded that God’s Word will not return unto Him void. (Isaiah 55:11)

“Why was it that Christ went out by the seaside, and into the mountains? He was to give the word of life to the people. They did not see it just that minute. A good many do not see it now, to take their position, but these things are influencing their lives; and when the message goes with a loud voice, they will be ready for it. They will not hesitate long; they will come out and take their position.” Evangelism, 300, 301.

Maybe sooner than we would like to think, some of us could be imprisoned for our faith.

When this does happen, I feel confident that we will find fellow believers sharing the harsh environment of the prisons with us, because God’s Word was taken to them beforehand by this ministry. To God be the glory! 

About two years ago, I ministered to those in a particular facility with my friend Brian. An inmate became very upset over what we were teaching from the Bible. Rising to his feet, he loudly declared that our doctrine was faulty, and vowed that he would prove this. He had a strong personality and wielded a lot of influence over the other inmates. For this reason, we were concerned that his attitude would negatively affect our services. 

We prayed often about the situation. Around two months later, the same inmate not only humbly apologized, but he stood in front of the congregation and testified that while he had studied the Bible to prove us wrong, he had become convicted that we were right.

Since then, he has faithfully attended our services and even leads out on occasion. Recently, he took a stand to follow Christ, and this public declaration stirred another inmate to request baptism. 

This inmate’s story illustrates the process of witnessing in a nutshell. We planted the seed of truth. Weeds in the form of preconceived ideas began to suffocate it, but the water of the Holy Spirit softened the hard ground of the human heart for the seed to grow. 

Our method for reaching souls behind bars with God’s Word is simple, but the Department of Corrections can be difficult to work with. Bibles must be mailed to the prison directly from a publisher or bookstore, so we work with a publisher. Many prisons require inmates to fill out a form requesting the ordered item by name. Inmates wait sometimes 2 or 3 weeks for the Department of Corrections to give them approval, and then mail us the request with the approval document. We can only send the items that are approved, and are not allowed to correspond with inmates on a personal basis because we are considered a supplier. Thus, we pray and trust that God’s Word and His Spirit will do the rest. We will see the whole scope of the harvest someday, but until then we will keep sending and praying. 

Pray that as the inmates read, Jesus will reveal Himself to them. Perhaps they will request more study materials, or sign up for a Bible Study correspondence course. Also pray that the requests we receive will never exceed our funding. If the Holy Spirit impresses you, we will accept your tax-deductible contribution with thanks. 

May God give you strength for today and hope for the future. 

Location: Virginia

Author: Johny Carmouche 
Brother Carmouche is a prison missionary who also gives quality Bibles free of charge to prisoners who ask.

How You Can Help:
Pray for the prisoners reached by this ministry to experience a new life in Christ. 
Donate for the purchase of Bibles at or mail your check to Johny Carmouche, PO Box 972, Locust Grove, VA 22508
Purchase Brother Carmouche’s autobiography and share it with friends who may be struggling! Proceeds will be used to sustain Bible 4 Prisoners. 

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10/28/2017: Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light

A woman finds freedom and happiness in God after 30 years of addictions.

I will never forget the day I received the text message: “I have not drunk a drop of alcohol nor smoked since the meetings. God is good! I do crave, but it’s wiped out when I focus my mind on His greatness. I see the light!”

My eyes filled with grateful tears. The Lord had answered my prayers.

All my life I’ve watched my Aunty Helen struggle with various addictions and world views. When I first became a Christian, she warned me against organized religion. She would say, “To each his own.” She viewed everything, including morality, as relative to one’s own personal experience. Of all my family members, she seemed the hardest to reach.

Fast forward 16 years. There she was, sitting in the pew at our “Revelation of Hope” Bible prophecy seminar in Aiea, Hawaii. Aunty Helen came every night with an open mind and a searching heart, having finally admitted that she longed for something better than the slavery, confusion and brokenness of bad habits, unhealthy relationships and worldly philosophies. At the prophecy seminar she received satisfying answers to life’s questions. She accepted the Bible as absolute truth. Most of all, she had an encounter with the love of Jesus Christ. In her own words,

“For a large portion of my life, I was depressed. I was often in trouble, had many relationship conflicts and was never comfortable in my skin.”

“My journey with God began two years ago when I found myself restless. With alcohol in one hand and cigarettes in the other, I began pondering, What is the purpose of my life? My addictions had consumed 30 years. I had engaged in many risqué behaviors, relationships and mind-altering substances hoping to find love, acceptance, and self-discovery; yet the satisfaction had burned out long ago.

“Then I attended the Revelation of Hope seminar. What I heard moved my heart. Christ’s sacrifice was not new to me. I had grown up Christian, so I knew about Jesus dying on the cross. Yet this time Christ’s experience became relatable. I had recently invested in a real estate program that was not making money. I realized Jesus had made an investment when He died on the cross. I felt for Him, so I prayed and made a deal. If He helped me quit smoking and drinking, I would become a worthwhile return.

“It’s been a year and a half since I drank or smoked. The more I learn about Him, the more I want to invest. The love that I looked for in all those relationships, I found in Him. When I feel rejected, abandoned or lonely I look to Jesus Christ in prayer. His words uplift me and make me feel whole. In my trouble, I can access His love and grace to carry me out of depression. Because of these experiences, it became easy to choose to be baptized and dedicate my life to Him!”

April 1, 2017, I had the great honor of baptizing my Aunty Helen at my favorite Hawaiian beach. Her new life is a testimony to the power of God and the perseverance of prayer. Every time we talk about Jesus, tears flow from her eyes. She has found a love that has liberated her from physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bondage.

Today, my aunt’s passion is to help her family and friends to see the light as she has. I know God will bless her efforts, for in witnessing her transformation, I have seen the light clearer than ever before!


Taj Pacleb

Taj Pacleb is an evangelist and revivalist and the speaker/co-director of Revelation of Hope Ministries.



Pray. Pray for others like Helen Pacleb, still trapped in addictions, that they too will see the light.

Donate. Revelation of Hope Ministries is a faith-based non-profit organization committed to preparing others to meet Jesus through revival meetings, sacred music concerts and other activities to enjoy this meegins, mission trips, medical missionary work and public evangelistic meetings. For a list of projects needing support, and to donate online, visit Donations may also be mailed to:

Revelation of Hope Ministries PO Box 969, Loma Linda, CA 92354.

09/30/2017: Editorial – The Coming Storm

Editorial – The Coming Storm

The sun shone warm as I stepped outside on my way to teach a class. I considered driving, but opted to walk in the sunshine. Then, just beforclass let out, a sudden storm blew in. The wind howled and the rain fell in torrents as small branches crashed against the buildingWithout my car or even an umbrella, I regretted not making preparation!

As I dashed through the pelting rain, I thought of an even greater storm that is coming—a storwe need to preparfor before it is too late. This coming storm is not a thunderstorm or any other meteorological disturbance, but the final storm of evil that will break upon this world before Jesus comes to rescue His people. 

Angels are norestraining the winds of strife, that they may not blow until the world shall be warned of its coming doom; but a storm is gatheringready to burst upon the earth; and when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture.” Education, 179, 180.

There will be no escape from this coming storm except as we make preparation now

Now the great work from which the mind should not be diverted is the consideration of our personal safety in the sight of God. Are our feet on the rock of ages? Arwe hiding our- selves in our onlrefuge? The storm is comingrelent- less in its fury. Arwe prepared to meet it? Arwone with Christ as He is one with the Father? Arwe heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ? Arwworking in copartnership with Christ?” Evangelism, 199.

In great mercy, the Lord is holding back the winds. Mawe be diligent to prepare and help others preparfor the soon coming storm!


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Mission Projects International is dedicated to supporting the evangelistic efforts of local believers around the world through assisting in public evangelism, building churches, providing aid to Christian schools, printing literature, sponsoring workers, conducting training and assisting numerous other outreach efforts that seek to proclaim the Three Angels’ Messages (Revelation 14:6–12). Mission Projects International is a self-supporting, privately funded ministry that helps to advance the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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09/16/2017: Retirement or Ministry?

Retirement or Ministry?

A busy retirement brings about baptisms behind bars.

Have you ever heard a newly-retired person declare, “I’m busier now than I was before I retired”? I have, and after two years of retirement, I can tell you that my wife and I certainly feel busier! In 2008, several years before retirement, my ministry partner and I entered a local correctional center for the first time to minister to broken men in search of truth. Today, we have a volunteer team of 20 ministering in five different prisons. For several years now, I have been a volunteer coordinator for my local Seventh-day Adventist Conference’s prison ministry program, helping to spread awareness of this important mission field. And of course we’ve been running Bibles 4 Prisoners since 2013.

Am I complaining? Absolutely not! God has been so good to me, and all I could possibly ask for is continued strength to share His wonderful love and the promise of Jesus’ soon return with men and women behind bars. If you are retired, consider the possibility of prison ministry in your area. Most of our volunteers initially hesitated to get involved, but after their first prison visit their concerns melted away. We go to bless the inmates, but every visit invigorates us as we see them growing in grace and allowing God to work in their lives.

Two of our inmates, Gabe and Harvey, recently made their commitments to God public in baptism—a rare treat for us. Gabe, an undocumented alien, has been studying for about two years and has been on our baptism list for several months. For various reasons—lockdown, illness, etc.—his baptism had to be rescheduled several times. When his lawyer told him he would be deported or moved to another facility within two weeks, we knew we had to hurry.

On the evening of the baptism, a larger than usual group arrived to witness the occasion—only to find that no baptismal tank had been set up. We discovered that the chaplain, who is responsible for such events, had been hospitalized. Another disappointment for Gabe! We rescheduled Harvey’s baptism for two weeks later, sadly expecting that Gabe would not be there to be baptized with him. But God intervened: On the day of the baptism Gabe had not yet been relocated. You should have seen his smile! Seeing God work for him personally seemed to renew his faith that the Lord will be with him through whatever the future holds.   

Harvey also shared a special testimony after his baptism. “When I was at another facility, I felt so lost in my walk with Jesus. I went to church and read the Bible, but I still felt empty. One night I asked God to show me what I should do and He showed me the Ten Commandments. When I came to the fourth commandment, I suddenly realized I wasn’t keeping the Sabbath. Three days later I was transferred to this facility. Very quickly an inmate greeted me and asked me if I wanted to study the Bible with him. I said no, but a little later I said yes and we started studying together. He invited me to come with him to their church service. There I met the volunteers and heard a sermon straight from the Bible. That is when I found the church that keeps the Sabbath. After I went through all the Bible studies, I knew this was the church God wants me to be in. Thank You, Jesus.”

Please pray for these new believers, especially Gabe, that they may stay strong in the Lord and be good witnesses in their mission field behind bars!



Johny Carmouche

Brother Carmouche is a
prison missionary who also provides quality Bibles free of charge to prisoners who ask.



Pray. Being a real Christian in prison isn’t easy. As a new babe in Christ, Gabe is about to be torn away from the fellowship he is used to and thrust into a new situation where he will not likely find Seventh-day Adventist brethren to nurture him. Pray for him and others like him, that God will supply all their spiritual needs!

Donate for the purchase of Bibles at or mail your check to Johny Carmouche PO Box 972, Locust Grove, VA 22508.

07/29/2017: Cheer in the Care Center

Cheer in the Care Center

A tiny church with no musicians develops a successful care center  outreach program.


It’s so boring here on weekends,” Merlyn complained. “Nothing ever happens then.”

When my friend Karole told me about Merlyn’s remark, my heart went out to her. Merlyn lives in the nursing home in Kahoka, Missouri, the town where I attend church. How many others in that care center felt the same way? How many of them didn’t even have a friend like Karole to come and visit now and then?

“I know people who have a nursing home ministry in other towns, and it can be a real blessing,” Karole confided. “Do you think the Kahoka Church would be interested in doing a monthly program for the residents of the care center?”

A tiny church with no musicians develops a successful care center outreach program.

We were interested, but we had a problem: Our church is very small. We rarely have more than ten people attending services on Sabbath—and we don’t have any musicians in regular attendance. Although we felt willing, we did not know what to do or where to start. The thought of starting such a ministry without musicians and with so few volunteers felt daunting!

Karole promised to ask around for ideas, and in her research she discovered the Sonshine Society, a non-profit, non-denominational organization that promotes care center ministry by recruiting workers and providing training and materials. Among the many resources offered are two different large print hymnals with accompanying soundtracks on CD. The recordings include both instruments and voices, and the songs are played a bit slower and in a lower key than most conventional church music, making it is easier for residents to sing along.

The Sonshine materials were just what we needed to get started. Now, we look forward to our program every month. We start with prayer and a short Bible reading. Next we have our song service: usually about ten songs interspersed with inspirational stories and poems. The residents really enjoy singing along.

Before closing with prayer, we ask for special prayer requests. Afterward, we enjoy visiting with each person. We generally have 20 or more attendees, which is about one third of the residents. It is such an encouragement to see their faces light up when we arrive. One Sabbath as we came in, a sweet lady clapped her hands. “Oh, you are here! I knew this was the day the singers came.” We love our afternoons at the care center!

Residents follow along in the Sonshine hymnals.

The Sonshine Society reports that at least two million people currently live in care centers, and projections show that over 50 million current United States residents will spend their final days in a nursing home. As we take the closing message of the gospel to “every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,” we should not neglect those hidden away from society in their hour of greatest need. Revelation 14:6. Most nursing home residents have had to reduce their material possessions to what fits into three dresser drawers. Sometimes this happens in a matter of days. They now know what “temporal” means and are ready to listen to things eternal. 

If our small group can do care center ministry, anyone can! Already our example has inspired the other two churches in our district to start their own care center ministries. We’re so glad! We encourage you to get started in this ministry as well. We found out that it’s easy—and the audience is so appreciative. What’s more, we know that our ministry makes Jesus’ heart glad, for He told us, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” Matthew 25:40.


Beverly Francis

Beverly served as bookkeeper for Mission Projects International for 15 years. She helps proofread Mission Projects magazine and looks for ways to minister in her daily life.



The Sonshine Society aims to see a consistent Christian witness in every care facility in North America. You can order their reasonably-priced materials by phone at (425) 353-4732; or download the order form at and mail it to PO Box 327, Lynnwood, WA 98046-0327.

Once your care center ministry is established, consider acknowledging birthdays and holidays with a card, a gift or a special song. For example, at Christmastime last year the Kahoka group gave each attendee a gift bag with small comforts such as lotion and chap stick; and they always acknowledge birthdays with a song and a card. As appropriate, spiritual literature could also be shared.