Independence Village: A Ministry of Hope, Dignity and Purpose

Independence Village: A Ministry of Hope, Dignity and Purpose
April 2023
Written by Kaitlyn Farrance

About five years ago, Richard Hunter saw the need to minister to the seniors at Independence Village in Aurora, Ohio, where he works as a maintenance supervisor. His burden was to bring hope, dignity and a purpose to the seniors living there who often wrestle with feelings of worthlessness during their final stages of life.

Since the ministry's start in 2018, it has been incredible to see joy overflow from the residents.

Throughout the years and a pandemic later, the ministry has become a spiritual hub for the senior living community. Five residents who previously did not know Jesus have come to know Him as their personal savior.

Additionally, the seniors have been encouraged to take active roles in the ministry to care for one another. Residents have created prayer groups and led worship music with one another. Individuals from Freedom Fellowships serve weekly, providing a Bible teaching with an opportunity for residents to ask questions.

There have been talks about starting other ministry groups within other Independence Village locations. The elderly within Western culture are one of the most underserved demographics. It is well worth serving and watching others experience joy in this ministry.

"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you." James 1:27