There was once an elderly woman who called Time & Temperature every day, just to hear the sound of another human voice. Did she know it was an automated recording? Maybe, but it didn’t matter—so long as there was something there to lessen her loneliness. Situations like this are not new, especially in nursing homes, where people seemingly go to be forgotten—by family, by friends, and by society.
What if you could do something about their loneliness? What if you could make them feel useful, loved, and respected? Frank Pawlak, a pastor and evangelist, did just that. He spent fifty years ministering to senior citizens, notably through music and the word of God. His stories are many—as are his hilarious anecdotes—but what Frank took away from his ministry was more than just entertainment.
Frank Pawlak came to realize that just when you think you’re blessing someone else, you turn out to be the one who is blessed. The nursing home occupants he visited taught him more than he could ever teach them; they showed him more love than he could have given. His amazing journey is chronicled in I Hear the Music—I Have to Go, as Frank lives out the adage, “If you’re looking for something to do with your life, help someone in need!”
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Published April 29, 2011
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