Southern Story-Blessing the bereaved: JANE KRATZ TURNED HER GRIEF INTO MINISTRY

Originally published in Southern Seminary’s Towers –

In December 2001, Jane Kratz said “yes” to the man she would marry. His name was Stephan. Before their marriage, her pastor’s wife, Annemarie Lombard, asked, “Jane are you sure this is what you want?” She didn’t ask this question because of a f law in Stephan’s character or concerns that they were incompatible. Lombard asked her this question because she knew that Stephan could die at any moment.

“He is my best friend and I am going to have to deal with his death one way or another. Yes, I am sure I want to marry him,” was Jane’s reply. She knew that Stephan had cystic fibrosis, an incurable, genetic disease that progressively worsens throughout a person’s lifetime. But since her conversion when she was about 30, Jane had prayed for the Lord to send her a godly husband. Continue reading “Southern Story-Blessing the bereaved: JANE KRATZ TURNED HER GRIEF INTO MINISTRY”