My parents are now in their
80’s. I love my mom and dad, and enjoy brief visits with them whenever my
business travels in western North Carolina allow me to be close enough to stop
Dad’s health still allows
him to visit patients in hospitals and rest homes and he continues to enjoy
preaching in different churches, but Mom does not get around as well as she
Still, when I stop for a
visit, she likes to get up from her seat and hug her boy good-bye.
When I look back as I drive
away I see her standing on the porch waving good-bye. This may sound like a
simple gesture, but it is a special blessing that I will not always have to
enjoy — one you will not always have.
I shared this story last
week with those in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the North
Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) facility in Thomasville. The building
is on the Baptist Children’s Homes campus in Thomasville.
That day was indeed a
special occasion. Many members of the Baptist Children’s Homes staff joined us
for the dedication of the NCBAM building. The Baptist State Convention’s
Executive Committee was also present, as the NCBAM staff hosted the group for
its regularly scheduled meeting.
NCBAM is a ministry that
began two years ago as a partnership between Baptist Children’s Homes and the
Baptist State Convention. Dr. Michael Blackwell, Baptist Children’s Homes
president, updated our Executive Committee on the progress of NCBAM and all
that this ministry is doing to serve senior adults. As Dr. Blackwell said to
the Executive Committee, NCBAM has made a big difference in just a short amount
Just like my parents, many
senior adults are wanting to stay in their homes longer instead of moving to
residential care, and NCBAM helps resource and equip families, churches and
associations as they minister to these senior adults. The NCBAM call center
(1-877-506-2226) is available to all North Carolina Baptists — just give NCBAM
a call and they will help put you in touch with resources to meet your ministry
The wonderful NCBAM staff is
ready to walk alongside you as you seek to care for and minister to aging
parents and church members.
The most important aspect of
NCBAM is ministering to the spiritual needs of aging adults, and NCBAM can help
you do that as well.
I shared with those at the
dedication that the ministry of NCBAM is just one way we can help return the
debt of love to those who cared so much for us. I will never be able to say
thank you enough to my parents and those adults who poured themselves into my
life. But I will always be grateful and will take every precious opportunity I
have left to tell them so.
“Owe no man anything, but to
love one another, for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Romans