The Stories

Jessica's Story: Building a Life and Raising a Family With No Religion, Too

Jessica's Story: Building a Life and Raising a Family With No Religion, Too

In 2001, Jessica arrived in Rochester via Winona after graduating from Winona State University. Growing up in Chicago, she loved the city life, and never imagined she would grow roots in a town such as Rochester, but she and her husband have learned a valuable lesson in what it means to create the kind of life you want to live wherever you are.

Anissa's Story: A New Heart, A Double Transplant Survivor

Anissa's Story: A New Heart, A Double Transplant Survivor

Anissa was only in her mid-30's when hypertrophic cardiomyopathy began to thicken the wall of her heart. Anissa became so ill that walking small distances exhausted her. Her liver and lungs were also failing as a result of this genetic condition.

Paul & Bethany's Story: An Unexpected Journey, Part 1

Paul & Bethany's Story: An Unexpected Journey, Part 1

We were gathered around a picnic table on a Sunday afternoon after worship. The bright sun warmed us as we ate lunch. The couple that sat across from me began to tell their story. They were young, hardly out of college, and somewhere in the conversation, I realized they were something very special, indeed.