Local business leader wins Everence Journey award

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Everence recognizes founder of Lehman Hardware

Journey 2019

Jay Lehman holds a chalice he received in honor of being named the Everence National Journey Award recipient for 2019.


Jay Lehman of Kidron is the recipient of this year’s National Journey Award from Everence®.

The Journey Award, created in 2001, highlights what people of faith are doing as stewards of their God-given gifts. The 2019 award honors Lehman for his generosity in supporting organizations that help people in need around the world.

Lehman served with PAX in Europe after World War II and with Mennonite Central Committee in Africa for more than 10 years. The founder of the Lehman’s hardware and appliance store has contributed faithfully to MCC, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and other causes.

Jay’s sense of stewardship also shows in his conservation practices. He has planted at least 25,000 trees and is known for favoring fixing and reusing over discarding and buying new.

As part of the National Journey Award, Everence makes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice. Jay chose to have $2,500 go to MCC and $2,500 to Mennonite Mission Network. Jay was formally recognized on a recent Sunday morning at his home church, Kidron Mennonite Church.

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