KIDRON, Ohio — Eric and An Raber are the recipients of the Regional Journey Award from the Everence offices in Northeast Ohio. This award recognizes the Rabers, who live in Millersburg, as models of Christian stewardship through their use of time, talents and lifestyle choices.

Created in 2001, the Journey Award highlights what people of faith are doing as stewards of their God-given gifts.

The Rabers are former directors of ministries for Camp Buckeye, Beach City, and Eric has managed the Save & Serve Thrift Shop in Millersburg for more than 10 years. An volunteers in the thrift store’s book department. Their passion for service to others and humble lifestyle have inspired hundreds of volunteers — benefiting the local community and the world at large.

Eric is an elder and An volunteers in the library at Millersburg Mennonite Church, where they have been active members for more than 20 years. They have three grown children — Naomi, Daniel and Micah.

“The Raber family is an inspiration to the entire faith community,” said Jim Frado, Managing Director for Everence in Northeast Ohio. “Their contribution to local ministries has been a significant blessing to the northeast Ohio region.”

As part of the Regional Journey Award, Everence is giving a $500 donation to a charity chosen by the Rabers.

Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education. Everence is a ministry of Mennonite Church USA and other churches. To learn more, visit or call (800) 348-7468.