In a previous blog post, we mentioned what a blessing it has been to have Faith’s Senior Living Community just across the pond from Vision of Hope. Today, we would like to introduce you to one of the precious ladies residing in this community who has been volunteering at Vision of Hope to serve our residents here. But first, let’s see why this is such a wonderful blessing to us.
The Bible teaches that older individuals should be teaching the younger. Titus 2 tells us, “Older women…are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (Titus 2:3-5)
There are several older ladies who have recently become involved in volunteering at Vision of Hope, and they are following exactly what scripture tells them to do! Older women have the maturity and experience that allows them to be excellent teachers for the younger generations. They have lived and learned, and sharing their wisdom and knowledge with others is a wonderful way to minister to and encourage our residents.
One of the precious ladies who has been faithfully volunteering with us at Vision of Hope is Betty Burge. Betty moved into the Senior Living Community shortly after opening, and quickly got started with our volunteer training. She has a heart for younger women, and is encouraged to see them choose to submit themselves to their authorities in humility in order to grow closer to the Lord and gain freedom from their addictions.
I had the privilege of doing a quick interview with Betty, and I would like to share the encouraging things she has to say about the Senior Living Community and her time so far at Vision of Hope.
What made you want to move into Faith’s Senior Living Community?
“I have always wanted to live near the Church. And now I am so close that I can walk to the Church (weather permitting).”
What is one thing that has been a blessing since moving there?
“It is a blessing to be here with so many sweet people. We have one thing in common (We love the Lord). We spend time together once or twice a week, and help one another when we can.”
What made you want to become involved with Vision of Hope?
“I can’t say enough about how important it is to get this kind of help for all the girls. When they see how wonderful a chance they have and want the help badly enough to humbly conform to the program, they learn how God wants them to live. I remember I was a lot older than they are when I begin to finally learn how God really wanted me to live according to His Word. God changes lives for the better, because His way is perfect.”
What is one thing you are excited about in volunteering with Vision of Hope?
“It is exciting to see the girls conforming to the rules and regulations of the VOH program. They get along with one another, and we see them accept Jesus as their Savior and finish the course and graduate to leave and live a life to please God.”
Why do you think it is important for mature and experienced women to spend time with younger women?
“The Bible tells the older women to teach the younger, because we have lived through the things they will be facing, and can actually help them understand the wisest course to take when they face the difficulties in life. God has all the answers in His Word, and we need to help the younger to find those answers.”
I believe I speak for our entire staff team when I say we are very blessed to have older women who desire to pour into the lives of the younger for the glory of God!