Sue Arblaster is a member of the ElderLink staff team and spends her days visiting elderly clients in their homes.
How did you come to work at ElderLink?
When I saw a job at ElderLink advertised in BCM Monthly, it was the very thing I wanted and was praying to do. When Rachel said they needed someone to go out visiting the clients, that was even better. I believed I would be suited to do it as I am better on a one-to-one with people. I enjoy being a visitor and believe it’s what the Lord God wants me and has equipped me to do.
What are the ups and downs of the job?
I have met and made friends with many lovely people and learnt a lot from them, as I pray they have from me. I have also met a lot of difficult people! But it is good to know you are making a difference to someone’s life. It is encouraging when people’s faces light up when they see you and even more encouraging when you can see God changing them.
It is very sad watching people suffering, depressed and lonely because they are on their own. And seeing them dying. It is hard when you need more time to spend with them. There are many challenges to the day – you never know how it is going to go. The client may have gone to hospital, or need to go into a care home. Sometimes you need to be like a detective, having to find out where they have gone – you don’t like any to be lost. Sometimes you feel helpless but still need to give support.
What stand-out memories do you have of your years as an ElderLink visitor?
I have many precious memories. One was of a little lady greeting me at the door with an apron on the front and another on the back with nothing on in the middle. She said her skin was irritating her. How we laughed together! Years later the same lady said, ‘I am frightened. I’m a big age – 100’. I read a Psalm to her. When she walked me to the door she looked up above and said, ‘When I am afraid I will trust in the Lord’, as if the Lord had spoken to her. That was the last time I saw her. She had gone to be with Him, I believe.
What can we pray for you?
Please pray for my clients who are suffering and depressed. And for me, as although my heart and mind still have a desire to visit, my body is getting weary with all the busy driving. My car is wearing out as well.
ElderLink client Margaret (in the photo at the top of the page with Sue) told us:
“I’ve been with the Mission for 16 years. When I first went to the lunch club I was anxious, being an amputee. Everyone made me feel very welcome and still do. I go on a Thursday and as soon as I get there I have that feeling of peace, meeting up with friends, having coffee. Sue is a very dear friend. She visits nearly every week and we have talks and share many stories and the Lord. When she leaves we have a very personal prayer and this seems to help me find peace. Thank you, Sue.”
ElderLink is in great need of more volunteers to visit its elderly clients. If you would like to join the team, please call Derek on 0121 766 6603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.