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Musical ministry focuses on seniors, seeks volunteers

TERRI HARBER, The Daily News Jan 21, 2018


Fred Bruno performs on stage in the Amazing Grace Fellowship sanctuary on Sunday. He was instrumental in forming the “Seniors Are Not Forgotten Ministry,” which visits four assisted living centers in the community each month. Bruno, a gospel singer, and other volunteers perform religious music and conduct religious outreach efforts for residents.

BULLHEAD CITY — Fred Bruno is looking for more volunteers to bring religious spirit to local seniors.


Bruno, a Bullhead City resident for nearly 40 years, member of Amazing Grace Fellowship in Fort Mohave and a gospel singer, has been visiting senior care facilities with other local music performers for several years.  


Their volunteer effort has been titled “Seniors Are Not Forgotten Ministry.” 

It had been known as “The Elderly Have Not Been Forgotten” when it started up in 2010.


“The word ‘elderly’ is considered offensive,” Bruno said. “We changed it to ‘senior’ instead.”

He pointed out that it’s more than providing local seniors some entertainment. 


Early on, he said, one woman asked him to pray for her so, she said, “my family would come see me.”


After they perform various religious songs, such as “Amazing Grace,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus,” Bruno asks if anyone wants to pray. And some often do. 

They’re not only “hungry for attention,” as he puts in, they’re also “hungry for a message.”

The loneliness many of them suffer might be alleviated by a relationship with God and Jesus Christ through Christian faith, Bruno asserted.


Members of the ministry appear once a month at four assisted living locations in the area: Sunridge Village, Silver Creek, Joshua Springs and Legacy Rehab and Care. Bruno said he’d like to add more places to visit and possibly go to each location at least twice a month. 

The number of volunteers has grown over the years and there are up to 20 people who are involved in the ministry now. More volunteers are needed so members can make more appearances each month, Bruno said.


He said that while he enjoys singing religious music, seeing local seniors become so engaged that they begin to sing along is an uplifting thing to see. Being able to spread his faith in this way is highly gratifying, he added.


“The people are so happy for you to be there,” Bruno said. “I’m thankful God has chosen me to do it.”


He also thanked Amazing Grace’s doctoral pastors, Josiah and Gailand Drawhorn, for their support in carrying out this ministry. Amazing Grace is also known for its Caring Hearts Food Ministry and a variety of other outreach efforts. 

 

For details about Bruno’s volunteer ministry effort requiring singers, musicians and others — or to invite them to perform and do ministry work —can contact Bruno at 928-444-6416.

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