I went into New Staff Training with the butterflies of a freshman in high school on her first day of classes. I remember telling my husband that I was scared I wouldn’t make any friends and be that kid picked last for Red Rover or something ridiculous like that.
Little did I know that the very next day, as I met my Life Group, I was meeting the women that would become my closest spiritual confidants and literally my lifeblood in the upcoming year-and-a-half of support-raising. From the very first meeting, until the end of Staff Training our hearts were intensely linked by what could only be described as divine: sharing our past struggles, current fears and hopes for our futures in ministry.
After we all left New Staff Training, we plunged into support-raising and slowly lost touch with each other. Individually, my husband and I became discouraged and isolated, not only in support, but in the lack of that intimate sharing of our lives with these other people.
We decided to use our phones to connect. Since our schedules were so different, there were hardly times where we could all talk and share with one another. We found that texting gave us that immediate connection with one another that we were missing. We became a group of ‘text-prayers’.
Several times a week, if not each day, I will receive multiple texts from this group of 5 women. From, “Please pray for the support appointment we are walking into right now”, to “I’m going to the gym and am fighting the lies the enemy is telling me about my body”, to ” I want to kill my husband…please pray for self control =)”. We are able to share details that are relevant only to people who know our whole stories, who are invested in our lives.
These women for me, and the men for my husband, have created this intimate community through texting. I know that when I text that group, there are 5 women who are immediately taking me to the throne of heaven and interceding for me. And, on the flip side, there are very few things that I enjoy more than interceding for these women in that way.
I cannot tell you the victories that I have won this past year-and-a-half since we began this texting group, since these women have led me to the cross on a number of occasions. I have seen more growth this year than in any other in my entire life. I am grateful for them beyond what I can write down. I hope that you also can find the benefits of community in this way.
Guest Post by Megan Berkey
Megan works in campus ministry in Northeast Ohio. She is married to her best friend, Nate, and together they are trying to keep alive a rambunctious cat, Kevin Malone Berkey. She is passionate about sharing Jesus with the women she works with, playing basketball, and seeing the funny in life. You can read more about her life on her blog: My Reply.