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1. How many people are usually at a group home?
2. How many staff are there?
3. What exactly do you do at a service/your time there?
4. Do the residents go on field trips?
5. Where do most of the residents go during the day?
6. What's the best part of the ministry in your eyes?
7. If the residents could verbalize it, what do you think they find most valuable to them?
8. What's your vision for this ministry?


1. How many people are usually at an Adult Foster Care home?

Currently I am in some adult foster care homes large enough to house as many as 50 people and others that are smaller and can house only 6 people.  Nursing homes can be licensed to house dozens or even hundreds of people.

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2. How many staff are there?

I believe the state mandates that there is 1 staff per 10 residents depending on the type and functionality of the residents that are served by a particular home.

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3. What exactly do you do at a service during your time there?

Our church service is broken into 3 periods of 15 minutes each. The first 15 minutes is worship with prayer and song, the next 15 minutes is worship through the proclamation of the gospel, and the final 15 minutes is reserved for fellowship.

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4. Do the residents go on field trips?

Residents do go on field trips, but I have noticed that these field trips are labor intensive and do not happen frequently.  It does seem to me that the residents who are mobile do get out periodically.

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5. Where do most of the residents go during the day?

Some residents go out for a daily workshop while others stay at their group homes. Many people's daily lives revolve around the television and snack time.

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6. What's the best part of the ministry in your eyes?

The best part is the relationships that I am able to develop with the residents and the staff. I am able to visit with them and present to them a loving God who accepts them despite their physical and mental frailties.

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7. If the residents could verbalize it, what do you think they find most valuable about your visits?

Most of the residents do verbalize their appreciation to me for coming and visiting with them each week. Early on there was one lady (who was the volunteer usher of the service) who thanked me for coming because doing so helped her to remember that is was Sunday.

I have very few residents who are completely unable to communicate. It may be as slight as a hint of recognition in a person's eye or as imperceptible as something other than a grimace, but as I build relationships with the residents each week I learn how they communicate - sort of like how my wife knows that one of my children is not feeling well by just how their eyes sparkle a little less on a certain day.

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8. What's your vision for this ministry?

My vision is that indvidual Christian congregations would take the love of Jesus to the residents who are unable to leave their homes in order to go to their local churches.

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