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Welcome the Garbers

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Ken and Janie Garber are new residents in Carson Valley, but already they have settled down to work. Ken is pastor of the newly established Living Hope Foursquare Church, and they both are active in its programs.

The Garbers’ philosophy is that of love, Ken said.

“We accept all who come. We love them just they way they are, but we don’t want them to stay there,” he said. “We want to heal people, bind up their wounded emotions and train them.

“We believe everybody has been given gifts, and we don’t want to see them go to waste. We want everybody to be used in some form of service.”

Janie said the church tries to help people “expand from within and without.”

“There are many who struggle to survive in life,” Ken said, “many who have been abused in the name of love.”

The couple met at the Church on the Way Foursquare Church in Los Angeles and were married 11 years ago. The two of them worked with children’s ministries at the Church on the Way, then moved to Kirkland, Wash., where they worked with singles and adult singles and did premarital counseling at the Eastside Foursquare Church.

They spent the last 3-1/2 years in Aptos, Calif., where they were youth pastors for high school students. The couple arrived in the Valley in December 1997.

“When we were at the church in Kirkland, Wash., we were sensing it was time for a change. We knew we wanted to pastor, and there were four churches available in the Western District. We went to the Internet and looked up Tahoe.com and saw Gardnerville. We didn’t want to be anywhere else than Gardnerville,” Ken said.

Foursquare is an international church organization established in 1922 in Los Angeles. The word foursquare stands for the four-fold ministry of Jesus Christ as the savior, baptizer with the Holy Spirit, healer and coming King, said Ken.

The Garbers have worked with people who were abused as children, and were foster parents for two years in Santa Cruz, Calif.

They also have worked with people who have been addicted to various substances.

“Our outlook is to bring new hope to people,” Janey said, “people who have lost hope, people who have a lot of hurts from their past.”

Ken said the name of their church, Living Hope, comes from the Bible in 1 Peter 1:3 and 4, “Jesus Christ is our living hope because he was raised from the dead.”

In addition, Ken said, he and Janey want to help people find that “God is there, He is real and He loves them, no matter what!”

The theme for the Living Hope Foursquare Church is “Reaching for God, reaching in to one another, reaching out to our community and reaching forward to the future.”

The Living Hope Church meets on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Minden Elementary School off Buckeye Road in Minden, offering nursery and children’s ministries, and hosts weeknight Home Groups. The Garbers want to expand their offerings to youth ministries and discipleship classes as well as recovery groups.

“We believe that Jesus came to heal the broken hearted and restore the soul,” Ken said.

Carson Valley residents are welcome. For more information, call the Garbers at 782-4577.

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