Lakeside Baptist launches Our Journey of Hope Cancer Care Ministry

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Pastor Greg Stine, of Lakeside Baptist Church in Backus, shares with the community a new program called Our Journey of Hope .

Sponsored by Lakeside Baptist Church, the program offers support and ministry to men, women and families fighting cancer. Through this program, church and community members touched by cancer are provided with help and encouragement that are specific to their needs as a cancer patient, caregiver or loved one.

“Cancer impacts the patient and the family,” Stine said. “We want to help meet the special physical and spiritual needs of those in our community, and let them know we are here for them.”

In preparation for the launch of Our Journey of Hope, Stine completed the biblically based Our Journey of Hope cancer care ministry training program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois. The Our Journey of Hope training program provides pastors with an in-depth look at the cancer experience and a small group curriculum to build a cancer care ministry within their own congregations.

“After going through Our Journey of Hope training, we are even more acutely aware of the physical, emotional and spiritual struggles cancer patients are going through, as well as their caregivers. The ministry seeks to bring hope to the whole person,” Stine said.


Our Journey of Hope Cancer Care Ministry is available to anyone in the community. If you have questions, or you are a cancer patient or caregiver, contact Lakeside Baptist Church at 218-947-4955.

Lakeside Baptist Church is located at 125 Church Lane in Backus. To learn more about Lakeside Baptist Church and its Our Journey of Hope Cancer Care Ministry, visit

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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