We are the church, whether we are gathered or scattered--each one of us, a part of the body of Christ, wherever we go, whatever we do.
So, where can you find us, and what are we doing?
I asked Five Oaker Kristen Spielman to share a story (she's pictured above, first from the right).
"Special Needs Mom" is not something I ever thought I'd add to my resume'. However, with the birth of our 3rd son, I was abruptly thrust into such a role. I made the decision within the first few months of his life that I would look to see how God would use my new role for His Glory. I reconnected with a fellow MOPS mom who was going through a similar circumstance, Heather (second from the right). Her poise and grace were inspiring to me.
2 years later, I was introduced to a mom of one who'd recently learned of her son's rare diagnosis. Misa (second from the left) was struggling and needed someone to come alongside her. I was honored to be that person. She and her husband, Dan, were welcomed into our small group. Over the course of the next year, I witnessed her faith-life spring from blame and doubt to hope and joy.
Our friendship blossomed and I introduced Heather and Misa to another newly acquired "Special Needs Mom Friend," Yodit (first from the left). Enjoying each other's company so much, and realizing how pivotal support from other moms was, the 4 of us decided to start a group for moms just like us.
One evening, Misa, Yodit, and I were able to carve out some time at my newly built home. During the course of our laughing and sharing, Yodit looked at Misa and me and said, 'I don't know what it is that you two have, but whatever it is, I want it.' The difference was a relationship with Jesus Christ. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That night, Misa and I welcomed Yodit into the family of God as an adopted sister in Christ!