By Andrea Johnson

Being a wife to a man in ministry is not an easy road to travel down. Often you can feel alone or unsupported in the church. An excerpt from the book, Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, describes a woman who was married to a pastor:

 

“… she hated being a preacher’s wife. She said she just couldn’t stand having the ladies at church judge what she was wearing and what she was cooking and how she was singing. She said it made her feel like a bug under a microscope.”

 

The SCBI Wives in Ministry (WiM), has sought to be a beacon of support for Indiana’s pastors’ wives. One recent way this has been accomplished, is through WiM RoadTrips. They began with the goal of bringing together small groups of women, for a time of fellowship, of encouragement, and breaking of bread together… all at no cost to the SCBI wives in ministry. Many thanks to the churches who give to the Cooperative Program for showing support to the wives of husbands serving in the local church.

 

Last year when Tami Hubler announced the 2023 WiM RoadTrips, I was thrilled the first outing was within an hour of my church so I could meet up with other ladies whom I had met at yearly conferences, like Transformed.  Usually we are still “working” when we do these church conferences. The idea of an outing where it is just for fun with other wives in ministry- YES, PLEASE! The fellowship was sweet, the realization we are all sharing similar stories of service was encouraging, and we were able to eat “…together with glad and sincere hearts…” (Acts 2:46b). From painting pottery, to creating a special candle, all of the ladies have gone home with a refreshed spirit and new prayer partners.

 

Some ladies at our first 2024 WiM RoadTrip saw God in action while we were having our fellowship. The owner of the candle making shop, Audrey, was nervous at first when she realized she was not playing a music station with church songs since we were a church group. We assured her the music choice was fine.  As we waited for the candle making process to finish, we shared burdens and prayed together. Audrey was behind the counter working, but she was listening. When she heard about a family losing a teen that week, she jumped in and shared that her best friend had also lost her teen daughter tragically that week. Audrey allowed us to pray for her, introducing her to the nearness of the Father to the brokenhearted. The presence of the Holy Spirit was strong, and many did not want to leave. Through the event, even a technology glitch with the payment, Audrey saw love not judgment, patience not frustration, and most of all she saw JESUS.

 

That event was for wives in ministry, but that event was also for women like Audrey. Yes, the RoadTrip is to encourage women who may feel alone, but it is also to SHINE our lights for the world to see our amazing Father. “You are the light of the world… Let your light shine in such a way that  they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14a & 16)