Terry and I sometimes refer to myself as a “utility player” at St. Augustine’s. I help out with Godly Play regularly, but the rest of my ministry in the church is needs-based. I am the person who is there to fill in when there is a gap. I have helped with readings on Sundays, been the PowerPoint lady, passed out memos, etc., when there is a need and I am able to help out.
However, my main ministry the last four years has been within our family. Several years ago, Terry and I made the decision for our family that he would attend seminary. Little did we know, that would eventually mean that he would spend two academic years of our lives traveling back and forth weekly from Ambridge, PA. We have been following God’s lead which had a clear explanation of what Terry’s ministry would be; however, in the same decision, my ministry while he would be in seminary was also explained. My main ministry has been to keep the homestead running; I keep the kids fed and clean, tote them to sports/school functions, grocery shop, laundry, and have those conversations with the boys to keep them grounded while their daddy was at school. On top of that, I have been Terry’s “cheerleader” (and hopefully a strength to him) in a sense while we have been on this journey. This season of our lives has no doubt been difficult, but it has clearly been years of motherly and wifely ministry in our home.