EdenHill receives Grant from Peace Lutheran Church to provide Spiritual Support to Residents

On Sunday, February 3, Peace Lutheran Church in New Braunfels presented a grant of $4,000 from their Mission Endowment Fund to Rev. Sarah Currie, chaplain of EdenHill Communities.   Presenters were Dave Heise, Endowment Team chair and Cathy Boenig, Stephen Ministry leader, with an introduction and prayer of blessing offered by Pastor Jake Fain.

Chaplain Sarah expressed her gratitude for this generous gift, which will go to fund her training and that of another person as Stephen leaders, to facilitate the creation of a team of Stephen Ministry care givers based at EdenHill.   “This will dramatically and significantly enhance our ability to provide compassionate, one-on-one spiritual support and care for residents in need,” Sarah said, noting the particular challenges of the aging process for residents and their families.

Stephen Ministry is an ecumenical, faith-based program of training, education, and support for equipping lay persons to provide compassionate, Christ-centered care for persons going through difficulty.   More than 170 Christian denominations across the USA, Canada, and in 30 other countries have participated, and since its founding in 1975, more than 600,000 people have received training as Stephen Ministers, and more than one-and-a-half million people have benefited from the care of a Stephen Minister.

The Stephen Ministry team of Peace Lutheran Church will provide support and mentorship for the EdenHill team as it takes shape.  “This is a great example of how we’re interconnected in such a vital way, as members of Christ’s body,” Sarah noted.  “We’re most grateful for this gracious and generous offering of support.”