Chanda Crutcher
Chanda Crutcher

Everyone has a story.

Ms. Thelma was in her 80s when we met while working on a community project. Recently, her health began to fail, and I found myself sitting at her kitchen table discussing quality of life. I realized how much I didn’t know about her.

Adults over age 65 represent one of the fastest-growing demographics. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2030, 1 in 5 residents will be over age 65. Research suggests many people over age 65 do not identify as saved (Pew Research). Many feel hopeless or forgotten.

Psalm 71:9 says, “Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone” (NIV).

Ms. Thelma, now in her 90s, represents a mission field. Have we maximized opportunities to listen, learn and engage with older adults?

I challenge you to ensure we aren’t failing the frail of body, mind or spirit by excluding them from the gospel. Let’s commit to praying for the 65-and-up generation today, while intentionally looking for ways to reach them with the love of Jesus.

Prayer + Reflection

  • Ask the Lord to send a spirit of revival in the older generation as “old men shall dream dreams” again (Acts 2:17, NKJV).
  • Ask God for a new strategy on how to comprehensively disciple, evangelize and empower older adults in your church and community.
  • Pray for generational wisdom not to pass away, that hope, healing and restoration will still be sought by those nearing the end of their earthly lives.

is the district supervisor of the Atlantic District of The Foursquare Church.


  1. I am praying for my cousin Max McCoy who is 73, also my husband’s 3 brothers who are all in there late 70’s and early 80’s. All of them unsaved.

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