Your are here | SCJ Blogs
December 17, 2017
 
Supreme Court Jesters Blogs Minimize
 
     

Bridgton Health Care

May 20 2017

 

Bridgton Health Care is the only nursing home in our town, and they have me in to do a show four times a year.  It's a good gig, just four miles away, and I'm home before noon.  Recently I did our springtime show there, and, while it was very typical in many ways, it was also sadly different than in recent years.

 

Yes, it was still at 10:30 on a Saturday, and yes, it was still in their activity / dining room.  Yes, the low ceilings kept me from doing my best juggling, and yes, the audience was- if anything- more responsive than usual.  Yes, I encountered several neighbors who work there; a nice perk of local shows, and yes the audience oohed and aahed over the rabbit and doves. 

 

But it was my first visit there since one of their residents, Earlyne Proctor, had passed away.  Earlyne, profoundly deaf since birth, had been a member of our local congregation long before we found our way to the Alliance Church in town.  When we started attending, we slowly got to know her.  She enjoyed the times our girls and I did a special routine or illusion, and she was very pleased to learn I had a little experience with sign language.  Soon we were talking before or after church (and sometimes during) each Sunday. 

 

Earlyne came to our daughter Naomi's basketball games when we were playing against her alma mater, Baxter School for the Deaf.  She came to each of our older girls graduation parties and my wife and my 25th wedding anniversary.  She was a guest speaker in my class whenever I did a unit on disabilities. In recent years she was moved into the nursing home, but she always remembered us when we came to perform.

 

A couple of months ago we learned she had passed on.  Our 15 year old daughter's immediate response was, "How cool.  The first thing she ever heard was Jesus' voice saying, 'Well done, good and faithful servant'."  When did my kid get so insightful.

 

 

Nonetheless, I missed Earlyne that Saturday at Bridgton Health Care.  I missed her scolding me for not practicing my signing more frequently.  I missed her asking about our girls, and I missed her in the front row telling people that I was from her church.  Til we meet again, Earlyne.  No promises, but perhaps I'll find find time to practice my signing before we meet again.

 

 

 

A Few Testimonies Minimize

 

The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I just wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

Archive Minimize

Tag Cloud Minimize