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The Good Samaritans of London - Monique and Louis
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James 1:27: Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Monique and Louis Angelo are Christians, professionals, worship leaders, and as of 2015, ministers in senior’s homes. Currently they lead a singalong and lead worship in three different homes each month.

Although the couple lead worship at church (Forest City Destiny) once a month they needed more of an outlet as they felt they weren’t being challenged musically enough. That led them to join two friends going to Henley Place in North London. Soon after they added Inspirit Residence and Highview Residence.

While their time is limited at each home when they do their sound check the residents start coming to the room they are playing in. The staff at each residence has been very accommodating and helpful, and some even participate with the residents. The formula Monique and Louis use is delightfully simple.

“We do Sunday school songs and hymns,” says Monique. “The Lord gave me a new love for the hymns going into the residences. Sometimes the residents will make requests and if we have the music we’ll play it. We have full confidence in God that He will run the service.”

The power of music and praise cannot be overestimated. Some of the highlights they have had include:
  • A gentleman at one of the homes who never speaks nonetheless began singing along with the hymns.
  • Another gentleman approached them after worship to describe how one of the hymns was his favorite as it was sung on his wedding day decades ago.
  • Once when they were tearing down the equipment after ministering a group of ladies began spontaneously singing “Amazing Grace” during their coffee break.

“We go to share the love of God,” says Louis. “We want them to know they are not forgotten, not too old to know the love of God.”

“Get involved, there are tons of homes out there,” says Monique. “There are tons of people out there who don’t know God. We are letting seniors know they still have value today, and we may be the closest thing to a spiritual connection they have.”

Many nursing homes in London are looking for volunteers to come in and make connections with their residents. While some homes require a police check (easily obtained through the London Police Service) most are approachable and at least willing to listen. The seniors have a life time of wisdom and experience, and are a wonderful group to minister to. Louis has some sound advice on how to begin:

“Pray, and ask, ‘God, what can I do?’”