Never far from the love of a friend at The Lutheran Home

Carman Meyer retired a decade ago, but every week she’s back at her former workplace in Belle Plaine. She didn’t want to leave Eunice. The pair met when Eunice moved to The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine with her dad in 1977.

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A change of heart for JCM participant

Ask Ryan what he has learned in Jesus Cares Ministries, and he doesn’t hesitate: “Everyone is like a gemstone — maybe rough around the edges, but beautiful when polished with forgiveness and grace.”

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At Hope Residence, residents become family

Pat’s bright red hair, amazing smile and contagious laugh lit up the halls at Hope Residence in Belle Plaine, Minn. She loved life, which made it all the more difficult when she passed away in the fall.
Becca Lambrecht met Pat two years ago, when Becca started as a direct support professional (DSP) at Hope Residence. She knew instantly they would be friends, but she didn’t realize how deep that bond went.

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Seven years and one new congregation later, still volunteering

When Maria Muske began volunteering with Jesus Cares Ministries at 12 years old, she didn't think it would have much of an effect on her spiritual life. Seven years later, she has come to realize God didn’t bring her to JCM to help the participants; he brought them to help her.

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A special education to fulfill June's long-held wish

June often talks about the past and how she wasn’t able to get an education. Her parents pulled her out of high school to put an end to her classmates’ teasing. The team at Hope Residence, where June lives, wanted to give her the experience she missed out on.

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God answers prayer, even from an Easter egg hunt

God answers prayer in his own time and in his own way. Jesus’ mother came to him at the wedding of Cana. She wanted Jesus to help since the hosts had run out of wine. Jesus answered, “My time has not yet come” (John 2:4). Jesus did help, but when the time was right.

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Taking stock of blessings

Born into the German baking dynasty that founded Winona’s Mahlke Baking Co. in 1895, Dean Mahlke
was legally blind from a young age. Vision problems dogged him at school and everywhere.

“I shouldn’t even be here. I should have been hit by a truck,” he said.

But it would be a bus, not a truck, that played a large role in his life.

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Care of the soul inspires a grateful heart

A simple “thank you” would not suffice. Robert Schmitz felt the staff who had watched over his mother, Elaine, night and day needed a gift to let them know their work, done with such compassion, had touched his heart.

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TLHA Honors Two Chaplains Celebrating Ministry Anniversaries

In 2014, we celebrated the ministry anniversaries of two of our chaplains.

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