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My wife and I went to Germany with two little boys and we came back with three teenagers! It was a good time of ministry and we loved it. We loved Germany, but we had to come back to Canada. We came back sick and tired. My wife was sick and I was tired. Her health was challenged and she was basically bedridden for the last two years of ministry in Germany. Eventually, I took my Masters and began a career as a chaplain in Fraser Health. It was a good time. At one time, there were 13 of us employed in spiritual care in Fraser Health. I did that for over 10 years - and loved it. And then, the cuts came and my job was deleted. I loved semi-retirement and I kept on doing funerals through my connections with the local funeral homes. 

This job? I wasnt looking to get back into chaplaincy. I was doing just fine, but feeling slightly restless. One day, a friend tapped me on the shoulder and let me know that Menno Place was looking for a part-time chaplain. It feels so completely comfortable to me. I worked for years with a specialty in Hospice care, so being a part of the end-of-life here at Menno Place is a really good fit for me. Its Gods work to bring me here. Im grateful to serve in this way.

I cant believe how many times Ive been able to use my German. Besides the Mennonite people, there are so many Lutherans and Germans here. Today, I sang auf Deutsch to a woman in her last days... in her first language. 

Im grateful... and privileged... and I thank God for bringing me back into this ministry of spiritual care.

My wife and I went to Germany with two little boys and we came back with three teenagers! It was a good time of ministry and we loved it. We loved Germany, but we had to come back to Canada. We came back sick and tired. My wife was sick and I was tired. Her health was challenged and she was basically bedridden for the last two years of ministry in Germany. Eventually, I took my Masters and began a career as a chaplain in Fraser Health. It was a good time. At one time, there were 13 of us employed in spiritual care in Fraser Health. I did that for over 10 years - and loved it. And then, the cuts came and my job was deleted. I loved semi-retirement and I kept on doing funerals through my connections with the local funeral homes.

This job? I wasn't looking to get back into chaplaincy. I was doing just fine, but feeling slightly restless. One day, a friend tapped me on the shoulder and let me know that Menno Place was looking for a part-time chaplain. It feels so completely comfortable to me. I worked for years with a specialty in Hospice care, so being a part of the end-of-life here at Menno Place is a really good fit for me. It's God's work to bring me here. I'm grateful to serve in this way.

I can't believe how many times I've been able to use my German. Besides the Mennonite people, there are so many Lutherans and Germans here. Today, I sang "auf Deutsch" to a woman in her last days... in her first language.

I'm grateful... and privileged... and I thank God for bringing me back into this ministry of spiritual care.
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Chris HarmsThis is so inspiring- God has led you through difficulties and has turned your experiences into a tool for His glory and the comfort of others. Thank you for your faithfulness to keep obeying as He calls.

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Elma Anne Nickel VothSuch an important position that you have. My father was the chaplain at Menno Hospital years ago.......he loved what he did, and he, too, was fluent in German.

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Nellie TaylorHey there Cuzin... bless you!

15 hours ago
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Velma Fern FroeseThanks for your story. Our group goes to the Menno Chapel monthly with a service . Glad you are using your talents there.

8 hours ago
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Carrol ChaceThank you so much for visiting my mother in hospital. You sang to her both times. I enjoyed the songs and thank you for the prayers.

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Sue WestJohn, you are the perfect person for this job!

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Della ConnerGreat story.You are doing God"s work. .

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Nancee FriesenSuch a blessing!

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Jill TurkinHow beautiful! What a gift for people to be ministered to in their first language.

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