I had just finished speaking and was in the fellowship hall having some refreshments. Eppie came to sit beside me and shared some of her story. She had been married for 20 years and now divorced for almost the same. She had raised a family. She proceeded to tell me that she had met a nice man and was engaged to be married. Something she never thought could happen at her age. She was very excited about the new step in her life. I smiled and gave her a big hug thinking this is what she wanted to tell me. But she had more to say.
Eppie told me of how over the years she had been lonely, especially with her kids all grown. Then one day she decided to open her home to young single women who need a cheap place to stay, even if it was only temporary. She recalled how she had so many different kinds of young ladies. Some were very independent and didn't need much from Eppie, while others missed their moms and were experiencing loneliness too. Some were in trouble and some were scared, some were busy in school and some worked two jobs. All in all, Eppie was able to not only share her home but her life in Christ to each of these young ladies. Eppie also told me of how she loves to visit shut-ins, specifically older single adults who others have forgotten. She takes them a meal, runs errands for them and/or just listens, offering prayer and encouragement.
After Eppie shared all of this I said "Eppie, did you know you have had a singles ministry all this time." Eppie said, "wow, I guess I have Kris... I didnt' even realize it." You see folks, singles ministry doesn't have to be huge, with a big budget or big building. It starts with "one". Are you that one?