One Sunday afternoon…
We got a phone call from Mark & Kylie. They said that after considerable prayer and thought, they were going to go to the courthouse in the morning and get a marriage license. We applauded their bravery and their obedience - but something in our souls still felt wrong. This whole decision was predicated upon their strong desire to honor God with their relationship by whatever means necessary. Their marriage should begin the same way. So we asked if we could throw them a wedding. In 24 hours, we rallied a handful of troops to the cause and threw one of the most gorgeous weddings we’ve ever been a part of. There was a cake, there were two photographers, a lovely message from the officiant, a small gathering of Christ-centered supporters who loved this young couple and wanted to see them succeed. We worked on it throughout the day, texting back and forth with our crew to make sure everything was organized, beautiful, and ready to go. All they had to do was show up and enjoy the beginning of their life together. We had a small reception afterward, with barbecue pulled pork, and we all swapped stories about our weddings, our engagements, our marriages. It was a holy and Christ-filled day, and we pulled it off in just over 24 hours. This is the kind of stuff that NEB gets to do that we just love. As mentors and helpers and lovers of marriage, we live for these moments. And we want to continue to offer and experience them for as long as we can.
Here’s Where You Come In.
We’ve gotten the chance to share this story a few times since the wedding, and every time, people are so excited to celebrate with us. They’re happy for Mark & Kylie and they encourage us for the role we played, and they want to know how they can help. So we thought we’d share the story and the opportunity to play a part with all of you. Today is April 24th. In one week, on May 1st, we’ll be launching the 24 Story Fundraiser. We don’t just want to support Mark & Kylie in that 24 hour window, but for the next 24 days, 24 weeks, 24 months, and 24 years. And not just them, but as many couples as we can. But to do that, we need your help. We’re asking everyone who hears and is moved by their story to make a small donation to the cause of helping couples honor God with their marriages. All you have to do is make a donation equal to the number of years that you or someone you love has been married between May 1st and May 24th. That’s it! And you can make that donation right here. We’ll be posting updates throughout the month of May to help you remember, along with some videos of participants, some photos from Mark & Kylie, and updates about their new marriage! We hope that you will support them and us next month in this small way so that we can keep telling more stories like theirs. Thank you in advance! This ministry doesn’t happen without all of you.