"... your old men will dream. Your young men will see visions"
Tents of Mercy's seniors have banded together into a group they call
"The Golden Age". Albina, herself a senior, leads the group. A few weeks
ago I was an impromptu participant at a special seniors meeting attended
by all four of our elders. Albina enthusiastically shared with me about
We began in summer of 2006. I had a particular vision for this age-group.
Many of the elderly members of our congregation were dispirited and
dejected. They felt a lack of belonging - disconnected from the community
and culture of this country that was new to most of them. So we started
to meet together each week. In the beginning, we were just learning to
sit, wait and listen to God. Now every time we get together, we ask that
God would give us His heart, and He is doing it! Many of our members
used to live without a daily awareness of God. Now we come to pray and
to be prayed for. We have new life in God.
There is joy in fellowship
I want to tell you that this is not just a bunch of old people sitting in
a circle passing time. Most of our meetings have a time of teaching from
the Bible. Moshe Morrison has blessed us greatly with a series on the
foundations of the faith, with a depth of insight that is hard to obtain
on our own. Personally, with the help of our pastors, I have grown so
much in this congregation. I know that our entire group of seniors feels
the same way.
The seniors say that every time there is a meeting, they are delighted to
come. We are almost all of a similar age, and are dealing with the many
of the same circumstances in our lives. We pray to strengthen each other.
We encourage each other not to worry. We are learning to give God all our
hopes and concerns. For most of our group, with all of their aches and
pains, it is a huge accomplishment just to leave the house and meet
together. Yet the testimony and feedback is that they are changed by the
fellowship and mutual encouragement and guidance. Each time they make the
effort to come, they return home filled and refreshed.
Larissa is an excellent example. She comes to the congregational facility
almost every day for early morning prayer and returns again on the day
when we have the golden age group. Larissa would appear to be alone in
life. She lives in housing for seniors - without a husband; without
children, without relatives. But she has wonderful giftings. She is a
woman of prayer. God's love is in her heart, and the congregation is
her spiritual family. She knows that true life is only to be found in God
and she is able to keep on going because of prayer.
The Golden Age Group
together with Avi and Eitan
Each time we come together we pray for the teen group and the soldiers
and the government. Afterward we move to personal prayer. Many of our
relatives are not yet believers. We are seeking to pray and love our
grandchildren into spiritual awakening, and it is beginning to happen.
"Even when I am old and grey-haired, God do not forsake me,
until I declare your arm and your might to a generation yet to come"