Megan had reached her breaking point. A new med student, Megan stood in her anatomy lab sobbing over her cadaver. She was completely overwhelmed. She didn’t know what to do. Medical school had taught her to be independent and tough, but she didn’t feel it. In fact, she didn’t feel like there was any balance in her life. She knew she had been led to go to med school at Wright State University, but she didn’t know how hard it would be.
As she sobbed over the cadaver that particular Saturday night, Megan knew she had reached a new low. Her friend and classmate grabbed her aside and said, “We’re going to Apex.” Megan obliged, showing up to the gathering that evening tear stained and in scrubs.
Megan who was new to Dayton since moving here for school, had been going to a different church with her roommate. She had only gone to Apex one other time and found the whole house church concept a little overwhelming. “In one ear and out the other” was how she explained her initial thought about house church. Besides, she was in med school; she didn’t have time for that.
But when her friend asked her to try visiting her house church, Megan gave it a shot and was hooked. She said she realized that going to house church made a huge difference in her weeks, bettering her entire perspective and attitude.
The beauty of her house church was that it acted like a family. Through the good and the bad, they were there. When Megan lost her Grandma while taking her boards, her house church filled her fridge with a month’s worth of groceries and left flowers on her kitchen table.
Probably the most terrifying time for Megan was during a possible cancer scare. During a routine eye checkup, they noticed an abnormal swelling behind one of her eyes. Immediately she was asked to schedule an MRI and spinal tap.
“I didn’t know who to talk to about it, so I called one of my house church sisters,” Megan said.
Two of her house church sisters showed up at her home before her MRI to pray with her, and then proceeded to go to the appointment with her. They came around her that night and through the next day as they waited for the results. They kept her spirits up by making cookies, visiting a new baby in house church and praying together. They were with her until they got the call from the hospital that it wasn’t cancer.
The worst wasn’t even over, though. Megan then had to have a spinal tap to reduce the swelling a few weeks later. The spinal tap went wrong, causing her to leak fluid. It left her pretty much helpless for weeks.
“I hate asking for help,” Megan said. But she had no other option; she was helpless. She was frustrated, too, wondering why God would put her through this. But one lesson was clear: God used this opportunity to teach her a lesson on grace. These people in her community were willing to be with her when there was no gain or incentive. It wasn’t fun to help Megan get to the bathroom or sit with her as she fell asleep during movies, but they were there anyways.
“People love you when you’ve got it together, when you’re doing well, and here I was a hot mess. Just be loved so well and so extravagantly in the midst of my storm was such a blessing that God would use people to love me the way He does,” she said.
Now, Megan is moving on to Grand Rapids to begin her residency. Leaving Dayton is no easy task. She said there were a lot of tough goodbyes. Apex has raised the bar for making sure she finds a solid faith community at her new home.
“It’s not a take it or leave it. It’s a necessity,” Megan said about community.
Megan said that she wants people to understand that house church is a reflection of God’s love. It’s easy to think house church is a big commitment, because it is, she said, but it’s also a commitment that blesses you back tenfold.
“I just really think God uses house church in such big way. It’d be such a shame to come to gatherings and to miss that,” she said.
Author: Jennifer Osterday