Jason & MaryBeth Nance
I grew up in Oklahoma, in the buckle of the “Bible belt.” I was raised in a broken home, but began going to church at the age of 7 with my mom and sister. I accepted Christ at a very early age, but like many who grow up in church, I drifted away from Christ and began to live life the way I wanted. I graduated high school and joined the U.S. Navy. At the age of 20, I married the most beautiful woman in the world. My faith was shaken soon after, due to the stillbirth of our first daughter. I spent years questioning “why” and doing my own thing, justifying my sin along the way. It wasn’t until another tragedy rocked our family—the death of our 7 year old son—that I recommitted my life to Christ. I realized that what I had before was religion, not a relationship with Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
I grew up with religion and have always believed in God, but I never knew that I could really have a personal connection with Him. After a tragic event occurred in my life, the connection was established. I failed to make a commitment to nurture the relationship though. I got by thinking life was okay until I experienced another heartbreak and realized just how desperately I needed God. In the dark days that followed, God has been faithful; ever present with indescribable peace, strength, understanding, love, and hope. I am thankful for the assurance that God gives us through every step of our lives, through both the good and the bad times.
The mission of the hospitality ministry at Calvary Chapel of Delta is to provide meals for those within our fellowship who have welcomed a new baby or are experiencing a serious illness or injury, hospitalization or death in their immediate family. Occasionally, we have opportunities to serve at memorial service receptions at church and also to reach out with practical help to those in need within our community.
MaryBeth leads the Hospitality Ministry.