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But, when your marriage and your family are at stake, your commitment makes the difference.
Even when things go wrong or problems come, because they do come to all of us, being constantly exposed to Christian teaching and trusting in God strengthens us in keeping our commitments and carries us through the storms and back into the sunshine where we grow in love and find happiness." The two, both educators, raised two sons and recently celebrated the blessing of two grandsons adopted from Ethiopia. attests "that good things can come out of committees." He met his wife, Helen Byholt Lovelace, in 1993, when they served on a church board aimed at combating drug and alcohol abuse in northern Europe.
"And I think for us, in the early days, it gave us a way to get to know each other even faster." Oates added that during their courtship and even now, the church has given the couple plenty of opportunities for shared activities and a shared ministry.
It was "a no-brainer," he said, that the couple would volunteer to help at the church's vacation Bible school or serve as lay readers at worship.
The United Methodist Church also offers singles a variety of ministries where they might discover their future sweethearts.
Oates was among more than 45 people who shared how he met his spouse after the United Methodist News Service Facebook page last year asked about couples who met through United Methodist ministries.
He and others who spoke to UMNS attested to the positive influence of the church, not only on their personal lives, but also on their marriages.
United Methodist Women (UMW) is a faith-based membership organization of laywomen within The United Methodist Church.
UMW members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and advocating on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.
Among those who responded to the UMNS Facebook question were people who met their spouses at United Methodist youth gatherings, campus ministries, seminaries and even annual (regional) conference sessions. Anna Crews Camphouse, pastor of Walnut United Methodist Church in Walnut, Calif., met her husband, David, at a California-Pacific Annual Conference session.