When my husband and I first got married, we had dreams to move to China and open coffee shops there. Two months after we got married, we went to China on a mission trip. We met with international missionaries who taught English as a second language and ran coffee shops.
We loved everything about what they did and the vision they had for China. We met such fun people as we hung out in coffee shops, and learned more about the culture. We anticipated this would be a confirmation trip for us before we made the leap to move to China. The trip certainly gave us confirmation. However, not the kind we anticipated.
When we returned, something began changing within us. With hesitancy, we began the initial process of filling out our International Mission Board applications. We wanted to make sure it wasn’t fear that was creeping in within us.
Upon our initial application conversations with the IMB, we were told we couldn’t even apply. They didn’t accept applications unless couples had been married for two years. That rejection brought us great clarity. A closed door.
Shortly after that, we were given an opportunity to help with a small church-plant in New Orleans. A few months later, we were asked to move with a team of others to help start a church in San Francisco.
Church-planting wasn’t something we ever thought we would do. Now we can’t see ourselves doing anything else.
My husband and I have been involved with church-planting for over 11 years. We tell people we’ve been church-planting way before it was cool.
Over the years, other great church-planting wives have invested in me, mentored me, and helped me understand how to thrive in ministry. These books are just a few favorites that were passed down to me.
If you are looking for resources or know someone starting a church, these books would be great for them!
Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren
Leading and Loving It by Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson
The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart by Christine Hoover
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
It’s Personal: Surviving and Thriving on the Journey of Church Planting by Brian and Amy Bloye
Do you have a church-planting wife in your life? I would love for you to are these resources with her!