Thirteen Years

This coming Sunday, Dan and I will start our thirteenth year of ‘Dance With Me Ministries.’  Thirteen years ago we set out to teach a few friends some dance steps along with an empty-nester marriage book study.  We were thinking of a once-and-done kind of class.  God had something else in mind.  

The couples in our year one class wanted more.  More teaching, more fellowship, more dating, and more dancing.  It was so much fun and it blessed us beyond measure.  Just one more class we thought.  Just one more class has turned into thirteen years.  We have loved every minute of it.  We have met many wonderful couples.  Thank you out there if you have been a part! 

Here are a few stats for you:

  • over 95 couples have attended
  • started in 2009
  • 16 weeks of classes yearly(except 2021)
  • Continued every year except 2020
  • 2 marriage conferences
  • Over 50 DWMM-sponsored dance/date nights 
  • donations only for venue cost
  • 4 different venue locations
  • 12 Christmas Balls
  • Over 1000 joint volunteer hours for the two of us

It is good that God takes us step-by-step when calling each of us to the unknown.  He takes the desires of our hearts and uses them if we allow Him.  Looking back, we are humbled at how God could take an imperfect married couple, untrained ballroom teachers, and use them to encourage couples to grow closer to each other.   The ministry is all about keeping the marriage close.  The ballroom is the bonus. 

Each year we wonder if it is going to be our last dance year.  Will couples still want to join us?  Has ballroom died out?  It is not for us to answer.  God will open doors or shut them when He wants.  

Our thirteenth year will bring us new couples to meet.  New adventures and more blessings.  We are excited to get started. 

God’s Word-Ephesians 3:20

 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

Spring Garden Dance 2010-Our first-year pioneers: Lori and Dan Bailey, Coreen and Greg Wildebour, Marilyn and Dave Popelka,
Kathleen and Mark Banowetz, Denise and Andy Smith, Therese and Mark Smith, Sheri and Craig James, Kristi and Kent Knake, Pam and Mike Sieke

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