Meet Tia from Woodbury.
In 2008 my husband and I began feeling restless. We were happy, but wealth, material things and career advancements were at the center of our lives. Struggling with the relationships we had with our parents, we decided that moving away and starting over might be the answer.
Later that year, we took a vacation to the Gulf Coast to visit my cousin Julie and her husband Randy. We fell in love with the town and visited them often over the next couple of years. We even talked about moving there, but I couldn’t help but wonder if our problems would simply follow us.
During our vacation in 2010, we noticed that they seemed to be struggling with the same issues as us. Randy had also become an “adrenaline junky.” He bought a new dirt bike a few days before we left.
Three weeks later, Randy crashed his dirt bike and died from massive head trauma. In shock, we headed back down to Mississippi. At the funeral, the pastor said Randy approached him the week before he died to talk about having a relationship with God. He knew he was filling his life with money and adrenaline, but something was missing. The pastor talked about the importance of finding our purpose in life and I knew the answer to our problems—it was a church we could call home.
We attended church on and off, but none of them really stuck. I explained this to a friend over lunch a couple of days after the funeral when she pulled out an invitation to attend Eagle Brook’s new series, Families at Their Best.
On Oct. 4, 2010, we tried Eagle Brook and knew instantly that this was the church for us. We began attending every weekend, but the 30-minute drive made it difficult to get involved. When we heard Eagle Brook was opening a Woodbury campus, we were thrilled. Now, church is just minutes from home. We’ve started volunteering, making connections, signing up for mission trips and planning to get baptized.
I can’t express how much finding Eagle Brook, and ultimately God, has changed our lives. We’ve completely changed the way we spend our time and money. And we’ve found a new sense of purpose and meaning to our lives.