By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader
The “Christian Connection” located in the Family Christian Center is a Singles Ministry founded by Elder Yjimizia nine years ago. She turned over the leadership of the ministry to Christian Connect Patrick Bell who continues to hold meetings for individuals who want to make a Christian connection.
The Family Christian Center is a non-denominational church located at 340 45th Avenue in Munster, IN. This mega church with its huge facility offers the perfect space for bringing large numbers of people together. Bell describes the singles that come to the center as individuals that are single, widowed or divorced.
What they all have in common is the desire to meet someone similar to themselves but most importantly, a Christian. Bell said, “We have a strong passion to teach unmarried individuals to understand who they are and get to know themselves. When they know who they are, they have the right tools to follow their dreams.”
Anyone can come to the meetings even if they are not members of Family Christian Center Church. Bell said the center is not considered a club, but a ministry. He said, “I would say we are one big family /community.”
The ministry is made up of 60 or 70 members that meet regularly. When they host events the turnout reaches up to 200 guests. Some of those events they attend together are bowling, skating and most recently they had an all-white party cruise. This ministry is for heterosexual individuals only.
According to Bell a few married couples have come out of this ministry. He said, “One couple dated for a year and now they are engaged. There is also another couple who have been married for a couple of months now that met through the ministry.”
The mission statement of the ministry is “We believe in having a healthy productive relationship with God, friends and family.” In their meetings, they discuss being pure, being a healthy individual and wanting to add to someone’s life.
Bell said they are a very balanced group. “It’s not boring. People not married can get together and it’s not a weird or awkward situation. We are very friendly, genuine and just like a family,” said Bell.
There are those in the group who are divorced, widowed, and some with children. For those who were married and it didn’t work out, they find that there is still hope and God’s plan for them is great. Bell said, “He [God] has a spouse perfect for everyone.”