Almost seven years ago, during one of the darkest times of my life, I walked into Community Bible Study (CBS) for the first time.
My mom had been attending for years and had been so excited to get me there. There was a wonderful children’s program, and she just knew I would love the spiritual nourishment I would receive there. Reluctantly, and a little skeptically, I agreed to go.
As I dried my tears that Wednesday morning in September, I walked into a room of 300 women of all ages, backgrounds, shapes, sizes, and denominations…but we would never know that for sure, since speaking about denominations is not allowed.
I was amazed by the unity of the body of Christ in that room. No one was huddled together in an exclusive group; no one was arguing non-essential doctrines. Everyone was just…together. With one purpose.
We studied Revelation. You know a little light reading. And although the time for personal talk was scarce, I felt the love and prayers of my core group members all through that year. The teaching of the teaching direction each week was always exactly what I needed to hear (thank God). I was held through that terrible year. Held and cared for. Loved. By a group of women who barely knew me, and a teaching director who loved with the love of Jesus.
The teaching director, Faye, continued to be there for me throughout that year and beyond. Though I am certain she has many “spiritual children,” her care and prayers were real, and her teaching always led back to the One who holds it all.
That spring, Faye called me on the day my husband lost his job. I didn’t think I could get much lower; I was relying on the Lord to get me through each day in the most real sense I could have imagined. Faye did not know what had happened that day, though. She wanted to ask me something: to join the leadership team as a children’s teacher.
CHILDREN’S TEACHER?! As a general rule, I don’t even like other peoples’ kids (I know, terrible). My first instinct was to say “Here I am at the lowest point of my life, and you want me to sign up to TEACH CHILDREN?!” But…I didn’t. I calmly responded that I wasn’t sure. Faye calmly responded that she was quite certain the Lord had put me on her heart and asked me to just pray about it. So I did. And then I accepted, much to my own surprise.
The Lord provided, as he always does, and I just finished my sixth year of being a children’s teacher at CBS. In those six years, there have been so many ups and downs. Difficulties in our marriage, in our finances, in our family. Leadership team members passing away, family members moving away, changing churches, the loss of my both husband’s and my grandfathers within a few days of each other. I have asked for prayer, and those 60 or so women on that team have prayed. I don’t even have to ask; I KNOW they have. All those fellow children’s teachers and core group leaders, and servants’ team members know my life story, and I trust them with it so deeply. What a gift.
And Faye. She has been there the whole time. Calmly equipping His sheep—me– with His Word, and her wisdom, and her grace, and her humility. Preaching the word, and living it. Standing strong and leaning on the Lord through her own struggles. A constant in our lives, in MY life, always pointing to Jesus. Always pointing me in the right direction. Always.
And now, after leading for 38 years, Faye is stepping down. I knew it was coming, but I did not expect it to hit me this hard. I know it is silly to feel so connected and reliant on a person, I KNOW that it’s the Lord who has been leading all along, but I feel like a baby bird being gently nudged out of the nest. It is terrifying and exciting all at once.
I know I’m prepared. I know I’m ready. I know I am being pushed so that I can grow. It is so scary, this world is so uncertain…this tree where our nest lies is so unsteady. But I’m ready to fly.
“but if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
Multiply House Church was founded in August of 2015. It is made up of a few dedicated Christ-followers who hungered to get back to the basic roots of the church: worship, fellowship, and outreach.
How has your church, Bible study, or fellowship group made a difference in your growth as a follower of Christ? Is there someone in your life who has mentored you in the faith?
Eryn is a thirty-something mother of three, living in the beautiful city of Richmond, Virginia. She, her kids, and her husband Bo attend Multiply House Church and she is very involved in Community Bible Study. She relies on Jesus daily to cope with her children’s shenanigans, which are plentiful. She also enjoys running and fitness, being involved in her kids’ school, and watching bad reality TV.