Reflections of a Campus Minister's Wife

My husband, John, and RUF campus ministers from all over the country are finishing their weeklong winter training in Dallas today. This quiet week alone in my house (we do not have any children) means I have had plenty of time to reflect on this semester and my reflections constantly lead me to gratitude.

John and I moved to Burlington, Vermont in July of 2012 to start RUF at the University of Vermont (UVM). The first year was spent getting to know the city, campus, and the culture of this place. John spent a lot of time connecting with students on campus. I got some part time jobs: leading ropes courses for UVM, planning children’s curriculum for our new church, and substitute teaching. I also love meeting and spending time with students.

This year, we really hit the ground running. John started a great Bible Study on campus, we had student dinners, movie nights, and parties at our home, John met with students one-on-one every day and I even got to meet with students for lunch or coffee, bake cookies with them, and go hiking. I have met students through the Ultimate (Frisbee) league I play in, at the ropes course, and just by bringing cookies to our neighbors across the street. Even while John has been away, I have had multiple students come by just to hang out! It has been a great semester and, though it’s had its fair share of challenges, at the end of each day I can look at my husband and say, “I am so grateful for what God is doing in your life and through the ministry of RUF on UVM.” It is a joy and a privilege to work alongside my husband. And it is a joy and a privilege to get to work for an organization that takes individuals seriously. Though it’s hard to have our husbands gone for a week, I am grateful that they are getting the love, care, encouragement and training they need to be back on the campus in January. Please continue to pray for the ministry of these awesome men and their wives!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Megan Meinen, Wife to John Meinen, Campus Minister at UVM
December 13, 2013 • 610-691-0988 • 631 Fourth Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018