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An Eternal Home in Heaven

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Brenda was an unchurched mother of an eight year old who was dying of cancer. I met Brenda on her first hospital visit when she began treatment for her cancer. I sat and listened to all of her fears and concerns, and eventually, I had the privilege of sharing God’s Word with her. In the months that followed, she learned of Jesus, His cross, and especially His promise of eternal life. In time, she confessed her new-born faith in Jesus. Brenda’s final days were spent in hospice, and my last devotion with her was based on 2 Cor. 5:1-2, “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling….”


I later shared this same Scripture reading with about 150 people at her funeral, giving them the opportunity to hear about Jesus as they considered the “earthly tent” of their own lives. Then, based on her confession of faith, I assured these listeners that while Brenda’s “earthly tent” had now been taken down, she was enjoying an eternal home with God in heaven.


The above account was one of the last ministry stories that Chaplain emeritus Ken Lenz shared with us here at Institutional Ministries. On October 19, 2020, Ken exchanged his “earthly tent” for an eternal home in heaven, joining Brenda, and countless others like her, whom he had the privilege of sharing the gospel with over his 50+ years of ministry. Ken began serving as a chaplain for Institutional Ministries in 1971. And while he retired from fulltime ministry in June of 2007, he continued serving part-time until 2014.


Well done, good and faithful servant — you will be missed!

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