A new Bible study group in Hermann is already making a major imprint on the community, by delivering hope and happiness to local nursing homes suffering the effects of coronavirus.
The group, Healthy Christian Life, visited StoneBridge nursing homes (Frene Valle) and Victorian Place on Sunday afternoon to deliver prayer and music, along with fellowship. The group's name was inspired by the Terry Roberts book that carries the title. The group began in September and meets weekly via Zoom.
The reason for visiting the residents is simple, according to Healthy Christian Life members. The ministry is the best way to offer some relief during the pandemic, they stated.
"These are our people," the group said. "They're hurting. We just wanted to do something. We wanted to demonstrate God's hands and feet....We decided to be 'humans doing' instead of just human beings."
Group members are familiar with the residents, often greeting them as a matter of course in everyday life in Hermann and sharing special stories.
"There's just a handful of us," one member told the Advertiser-Courier.
Healthy Christian Life is also sounding a message of high regard for front-line workers in all fields, who are working hard during the crisis.
Pastor John Hampton of the United Methodist Church led prayers at the nursing homes, while Vernon Kohlbusch led the singing. Greeting cards were also presented to the residents, along with Little Bearcats.
"These are our people," Healthy Christian Life said. "They were farmers. They were great members of the community."