About the Bray's!
Bo and Heidi Bray
We are leading a MC as it has been pretty clear in our lives that God had called us to proclaim the gospel. And the easiest and most effective way to do that in our local body is to host and lead a MC by pointing people to Jesus through the methods that Emmaus already has in place. Therefore, we desire to use our time, talents and any resources to make Christ known.
Our group is a very tight-woven group in God’s providence which means our group gatherings feel very simply to any other close family gathering. Everyone typically just walks on in our house and makes themselves at home right around our scheduled start time of 6pm on Thursdays. We typically talk to everyone and catch up on the current happens of our lives from the past week as we all work to lay out the meal that we will all share. Once prepared, we will pray and all share dinner together with all the adults (while the kids get to eat together in a different room). We eat and talk (and talk a lot more). Once done we move over to our living room to pray, discuss the sermon, and to live out the “one another” commands we are given all throughout scripture. Sometimes that means we have concern for one another, pray for one another, carrying each other’s burdens, whatever is occurring in the lives of the people in our group. We typically talk/discuss around 45 minutes and then we talk through any additional prayer requests that each person may have but has not yet shared. Then we, let our sitter leave and the kids are released to the wild! Totally kidding, but we do make it a point to use every minute we have effectively while the sitter watches the kids.
Our family is intense, our house is full of children, and we do everything we possibly can to point ourselves and our kids to Jesus. It can be hard and hectic, but it is what God has called us to do. That being said, it is how God has wired us and we enjoy it because we would not have it any other way.
As crazy as it sounds, we love getting to be able to do the “everyday life things” with our family of 6! Whether that is eating dinner as a family, folding the daunting amount of laundry together, and reading the Jesus Storybook Bible at night. Even if that means going to some of our favorite places to go eat wings on a Wednesday night because our kids don’t play when it’s mealtime and they can EAT. Our season of life is one where our kids are very young so we try to spend as much time as we can outside letting them run around, jump on the trampoline, and run through the sprinklers as much as possible. When we have the chance, we love to have family come over to watch the kids so daddy and mommy can go spend some focused, intentional time together on a date night (probably a sushi place in Athens or Provino’s in Buford) and we do whatever we can to make sure we can get away together for several hours on Saturdays in the fall to go see the Georgia Bulldogs play between the hedges.
Bo – Eh, it’s close but Isaiah wins out for me over Leviticus;
Heidi – Proverbs
Bo – Don’t waste your life by John Piper; Heidi – None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
Bo – That’s easy: steak (filet) cooked on the big green egg, sautéed peppers and mushrooms, cilantro lime rice, Polar seltzer water to drink, and clearly a chocolate & peanut butter ice cream cake for dessert.
Heidi – McDonald’s Large Coke and French Fries for the appetizer, Buffalo Chicken Wrap (with ranch on the side) for the entree, sides would be sliced pickles from the Publix deli, homemade pasta, kettle cooked potato chips, and homemade Reese’s peanut butter cheesecake for dessert.