Although it was a chilly Saturday Nov. 2 morning, 50 people, including walkers, kitchen staff and Cross Over Ministries members and board, gathered together at St. Paul's Lutheran Church for the second annual Out of the Darkness and Into His Light walk. This event helps to bring awareness of suicide prevention and mental health.
Cross Over Ministries Secretary Dawn Young said, "This is our biggest fundraiser for the year. All money and donations go to the programs for mental health in Montgomery County."
Young went on to say that some of the programs offered include prescription-assistance and medical co-pays for doctor's office visits.
"We are planning on having an event at the county schools," Young said. "We are wanting to bring a speaker to the schools this year. We also have a program in the works to help farmers with stress management."
After walkers returned to the church, everyone enjoyed a breakfast feast.
"We thank St. Paul's Lutheran Church for hosting the walk and breakfast," said Young.
Linda Liebscher, president of Cross Over Ministries said, "God is leading us. He is laying the needs on our hearts. Montgomery County is in dire need of a crisis intervention center." Cross Over members and volunteers are following the way the Lord is leading them in this journey.
Many of Cross Over members and volunteers were recognized for their hard work. In fact, David Imler, who has contributed greatly to Cross Over Ministries with prayer, support and encouragement, was given a plaque.
Although Imler was unable to attend the event, Pastor Stefan Munker received the plaque in his honor. and presented it to him on Sunday. Before everyone dismissed, participants, board members and volunteers, gathered in a circle for a closing word of prayer.