Andrew & JoAnn were in a connect group that Katie and I led last year. (Couples in Youth Ministry – check it out this year – Paul & Sandy Spittka are leading it and it will be awesome…all the connect groups will be…..I digress.) ANYWAY! We got to spend a little bit of time with the Rupps and some other amazing couples who serve in student ministry together.
I was stunned. As Andrew & JoAnn were sharing about their church, I truly almost had a seizure. Katie and I had just been thrust into one of the most unique, bizarre, unscripted ministry experiences we had ever had. Lots of plot twists and turns – and though I know everyone thinks this about their situation – I truly thought no one would have experienced all that we had been through in the past several months. Honestly, the story was so incredulous, we hadn’t really shared it with very many people because it just sounded so implausible when it was uttered aloud. So when JoAnn and Andrew began to share their story – I was flabbergasted. It matched our story to the final detail. I could not believe that someone else was going through the exact same thing….and surviving it….and asking the same questions….and understanding the dilemma….and sharing our experience…and leading well in the midst of the hard.