About two years ago Jed Melson, one of our elders, and his wife, Jen, started thinking and praying about how they could be mentors to newlyweds at HP Pres. In the early years of their marriage, they had always wanted someone to look to for mentorship, a couple a step ahead to guide them as they waded their way through the triumphs and hardships of this new stage in life. Now, 11 years into marriage, they are challenged to walk with those younger who are experiencing life they have already lived out.
The Melsons had hosted a table group at Marriage Prep, the six-week premarital class at HP Pres. After seeing its impact, they decided to actively invest in the relationships formed along the way. “We offered a year-long follow up small group to meet weekly in our home and had six couples sign up to join us,” Jen describes. “It has been incredibly rewarding for Jed and I to mentor these young couples. We remember the stage of life, and we’re so grateful for the ways they are stretching and growing us through their questions and desire to impact the kingdom with their new marriages.”
Married just months ago, Holly and Caleb Hardy have found rich community and solace through this group. “It has made a huge impact to start off our married life hearing what Jen and Jed have learned over the years about living out the Gospel in their marriage and spending time with other couples who are trying to do the same thing,” Holly mentions. “We’ve seen that the challenges we’ve faced aren’t unique to us, and we’re being prepared to face new ones that come along.”
God’s design for marriage is beautiful, sacrificial, difficult, and filled with joy. Studying what the Bible describes and instructs in the context of marriage has only affirmed the gospel message all the more, guiding each individual and couple to greater awe of God’s unconditional love.
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