Prayer and Support
Many families experience trials in our congregation, and we work hard to care for them all. We typically don’t make these concerns “public” but seek that help in smaller communities and with families they know within the congregation. What I am going to share with you is a larger, more ongoing concern, and it is with one of our mission partners. Jason Steffenson is a “son of the congregation” and has been attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He is one of two former Cross Lutheran School students who were enrolled in the seminary.
Jason is married to Anna, and they have two children, Johanes and Immanuel. This is Jason’s third year at the seminary, and he was participating in the Vicarage program. Vicarage is a one year internship for those training to be a pastor in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Jason and his family have been serving at Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia, Illinois.
On June 19, Jason fell and hit his head, causing a debilitating concussion. He received prompt medical attention, but the results of the impact have left him unable to perform even routine daily functions. Since he cannot work or drive and has been experiencing seizures, he had to take a leave of absence from the seminary and his vicarage while they wait to get in to see even more medical specialists in neurology and traumatic brain injury.
This leave of absence causes many hardships for the family. As an example, they have been living in the house the church provided while on vicarage. Thankfully the congregation has agreed to let them stay for six months while they pray and hope for healing. Jason is no longer a student and therefore cannot receive the grants and loans that they had received because of Jason’s student status.
As you can see, this has been going on for three months already and as of now will be extended at least another six months. We felt it was time to invoke the prayers and support of the entire congregation and the community of the Christian faith. Please pray and ask God, the Great Physician, to show mercy to His servant, Jason, and the entire family. Pray for strength for Anna as she cares for the two young children and Jason and attempts to also earn an income for the family.
If you would like to help in other ways, feel free to send a card to them at 10411 Shattuc Road, Centralia, IL 62801. If you would like more details, please visit Cross’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/crosschurch/.
You could also visit Anna’s Etsy page where she displays her wonderful creations: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FineArtbyAnnaMarie. This would be a great way to find a gift for someone you love and support a great family.
You could also visit their GoFundMe page to offer encouragement and a gift to help them offset expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/2pasvw8s.
Thank you, family of faith at Cross and for all who offer intercession on behalf of this family and ALL who suffer. Until Christ returns to restore all things we bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the will of God. “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” 1 Corinthians 12:26
His servant and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss