For Jeff Boersma, presiding over weddings for people in his church is normal. But this wedding was held in his living room.
Arrun and Khira held their wedding in the home of their pastor, Jeff Boersma.
Boersma is pastor of On The House Church in Muskegon, Mich., a Christian Reformed church plant that meets in local coffee shops, McDonald’s restaurants, parks, conference rooms and, of course, living rooms. With the absence of a central church building, the logical place for an intimate wedding would be a house.
“We have hosted many gatherings in our home, and that was a part of why Arrun and Khira chose to get married there,” said Boersma.
“Getting married at Jeff’s home was the perfect location, because it is where I learned to worship God. The environment of a home just made everybody, including myself, feel comfortable and loved,” said Arrun.
Boersma first met Arrun during a pickup game of basketball at the local gym. Shortly after, Arrun spent some time in prison, where Boersma went to visit him. It was here that he became a Christian. Five days after his parole, Boersma baptized him in the pool at the local YMCA.
“We have always taught in our church that our mission field is where we live, work, and play. Meeting Arrun on the basketball court is exactly how we believe God places us in the lives of others to be a light,” said Boersma. “We have had our share of challenges, but this special call to stay at home in our local mission field is our call.”
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Daina Kraai is the Banner's regional news correspondent for classes Muskegon and Northern Michigan.