ESS-Living Stones

I Peter 2:5

You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

I have never thought of myself as a living stone.

If you go out to the Flint Hills and walk through the green pastures, you’ll see many stones jetting up through the fertile top soil.  Some stones can be annoying or dangerous, while others just sit around and hold their place.  What makes a stone become a living entity?  It is when a stone is dug out and separated it can be carved into usable shapes.   From a spiritual perspective, a stone that has been shaped for a purpose becomes a living stone that can join with others.  Living stones can be crafted to make spiritual walls of protection or places of safety and comfort. Living Stones

At Venture House and Breakthrough Club, we have assembled a critical mass of living stones, continually shaping a place where people can enter to find comfort and peace.  Many living stones make up the structure of our ministries at 1010 N Main in Wichita, KS.  They include people like:  hard working staff, dedicated volunteers, and participants who are finding new hope and purpose.  Our stones are cemented together through community support, prayer, donations, words of encouragement and a strong mission to help those in need.

Do you want to become a living stone?  How ready are you to listen to God’s call on your life to support people who are trying to overcome poverty and mental illness?  I pray that you will find the courage to become a living stone and find a way to minister at Breakthrough Club and Venture House.


Barbara Andres, Ph.D., LMSW

Executive Director

Episcopal Social Services


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