Strength to Strength welcomed Verlynn Yoder to provide hope to those struggling with depression, and answer.

Some of us may ask ourselves, why am I feeling down so often lately? Circumstances and pressures can feel large and looming. Stress levels rise without us identifying how they affect us. We should be asking ourselves honestly, am I depressed?

The world of depression is an awful world. It is a lonely place. A place that seems to have no end in sight. Everyone else seems to come out of their lows except me. Is there some switch to flip so that life can be like it was before? Yes, there is hope. There is a journey out of depression. For most it is a steady process that requires discipline, hard work and humility. With God’s promise of grace to the humble there is hope. With depression can come anxiety and much insecurity but this too can be overcome.

Others have walked this dark valley and have come out better than before. I know because I have been there and by the grace of God, I have come back. There is hope.

An interactive question-and-answer period follows.

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Verlynn Yoder had been an active contributor to building the kingdom of God. He was a pastor at Believer’s Fellowship Mennonite Church in Minnesota, and had a passion for youth. He had also enjoyed many years of ministry including time at Calvary Bible School, Fresh Start, and IGo.

He faced numerous challenges in life that he chose to view as opportunities rather than obstacles. Verlynn was a man of integrity, and whenever given an opportunity to serve he would say “Whatever bit I can do to build the Kingdom of God.”

Sadly, he passed away on February 28, 2023 of a heart attack after an 8-month journey with a malignant brain tumor. He leaves behind his loving wife, Laurel, and six children.

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