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Covering Testimony: Rachael Bruyere

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Name: Rachael Bruyere | Age: 28 | Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming | Starting Covering: May 2016



Rachael Bruyere

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

I have been a Christian for 9 years. My husband and I were in Bible studies led by a Godly mentor when we were in college and we chose to obey the gospel through baptism the same day. We married a year later and have been faithful to God and each other ever since. We have one daughter who is 2 years old. At the end of this year, we have committed to leave my husband’s military job so he can begin full time ministry work as a preacher.

I work part time as a massage therapist and teach natural birth education. Most of my time, I love being home with my daughter, making delicious and healthy food in the kitchen, and visiting the mountains.

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it. Do others practice headcovering there?

I worship with the Cheyenne Church of Christ, a wonderful Christian church body that teaches the Bible in truth and spirit. We have lived and worshiped here for 4 years. Head covering is quite unorthodox here so I am the first woman to begin covering on my own initiative and there is only one other woman who is 90 that has worn a hat to church all her life.

3) What led you to start covering?

Six years ago, someone gave me a pamphlet on head coverings. At the time I was spiritually immature and afraid to read it for it might have told me something I didn’t want to hear or do contrary to the satisfactory explanation that head covering is a cultural matter. However, I never threw it away, but kept it, for no “apparent” reason. This past season, I was being taught in a personal bible study, exegetically going through all of 1 Corinthians verse by verse, which finally lead up to chapter 11. I knew it was there and was getting nervous but was ready to be brutally honest with God’s Word and obey Him with all my ability, regardless of the conclusion I came to regarding the text. I read and reread the chapter many times to become familiar with Paul’s words before reading the pamphlet so that I could decide for myself if it measured up. It seemed to confirm many of my suspicions about the argument that head covering is merely a cultural matter and was instead supported by Paul’s reasons. To my surprise it lit a wild fire in me, which resulted in countless hours of obsessive research, finding every piece of argument against head coverings that I could get my hands on. After I met with this teacher again (who does not believe that these instructions apply to us) to discuss this chapter after more research, I was convinced that the head covering applies directly to me and that I would need to start covering at once. The teacher respected my decision, which I’m thankful for. This has brought so much peace and joy to have faced and overcome one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make as a Christian in response to God’s Word!

I could go on and on about the details in the text that are conveniently skimmed over by those who concede a cultural approach, however I will only give one example of a compelling argument to me. Most people assume that Paul gives these instructions to correct a wrong behavior within the culture, that woman were disrespecting their authority by removing their head covering to be equal to men. However, Paul’s first words in this pericope are “Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.” He actually praises or commends them for something they are doing right which is hard to come by in this entire letter. This was something he already delivered to them; previously taught them. Secondly “traditions” means apostolic teaching and the same word in greek is seen in 2 Thes 2:15 and 3:6. The tone Paul uses in these instructions (vs 2-16) is positive which is clearly seen in contrast to the very upset and negative tone he uses when immediately following, he corrects them about misusing and abusing the Lord’s supper (vs 17-34). Verse 17 he begins “But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse.” Verses 2 and 17 directly parallel one another about how he feels in giving each set of instructions. Until I saw this, I realized I had previously been practicing perfect eisegesis (inserting ideas into the text). I believe Paul’s reasons for writing to them about the head covering was to affirm the spiritual reasons why it is necessary (headship design vs3, creation vs7-9, angels vs10, appeal to nature vs13-15) and of course to correct anyone who was disregarding these instructions. Nowhere in this text does Paul argue culture being a reason. Instead he ends by reasoning that there are no opposing practices to these taught in the churches of God. Read more

Covering Testimony: Vian Elisabeth

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Name: Vian Elisabeth | Age: 23 | Location: Norway | Starting Covering: Summer 2014



Vian Elisabeth

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

I am a Norwegian, the oldest of my siblings. I work as a teacher and assistant at a Christian school, while studying Bible Translation. I came to know the Lord in the end of 2013, and since then I’ve had only one goal in life – to live a life set apart for the Lord and His work. I love reading missionary biographies, playing the piano, singing, doing embroidery, knitting, as well as cooking!

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it. Do others practice headcovering there?

I attend a conservative Lutheran congregation in Norway. It’s a wonderful congregation with many faithfull believers. A few other women there practice head covering, which is great.

3) What led you to start covering?

I’d never given headcovering much thought before. It was when I became a true Christian and read through the Bible for the first time with my “eyes opened” that the words of 1 Corinthians 11 stood out to me. The Bible convinced me, as well as reading that this has been the common Christian practice throughout history. Read more

Covering Testimony: Marie Valle

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Name: Marie Valle | Age: 27 | Location: Alexandria, Pennsylvania | Starting Covering: Sept 2015



Marie Valle Covering Testimony

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hello everyone. My name is Marie. After meeting and marrying the love of my life at our Assembly of God undergraduate college, I followed my husband on his journey to reformed Christianity during his years in seminary. A few months after he graduated, with a newborn in tow, we moved hundreds of miles from family and friends to a church that called Angelo to be their pastor in Alexandria, Pennsylvania. We’ve been in Alexandria for almost three years now and have since added another baby to the mix. I’m a stay-at-home mom to Jonathan (3) and Eliana (almost 1), along with all the responsibilities that come with being the pastor’s wife in a small county church. I love to cook & bake, especially with my son, tickle my daughter and watch lame superhero shows with my husband. Read more

Covering Testimony: Jess W.

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Name: Jess W. | Age: 25 | Location: Hagerstown, Maryland | Starting Covering: Aug 2014



Covering Testimony: Jess W

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi I’m Jess! I have been happily married for 7 years. The Lord has blessed us with two lovely children so far. We are a homeschooling family living on a farm in beautiful western Maryland. In January 2009 I was drawn into saving union with Jesus Christ and since that time I have sought by God’s grace, to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The Bible became my guide in every area of life and I seek to please the Lord in all I do and say.

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it. Do others practice headcovering there?

We are currently attending a PCA Presbyterian Church in the area and hope to pursue membership soon! At the time I began covering my husband and I were also in the process of finding a church family. We began attending conservative Brethren and Mennonite churches (where the women cover) for the past two years but just recently found that the Lord is leading us elsewhere due to differences in doctrinal beliefs. We have been praying that the Lord will direct our steps and believe we have finally found a local church we can call home. Currently I am the only woman there who practices head covering. It used to bother me at first, but I know the Lord in His mercy and grace has the power to convict others just like He did to me. Jesus Christ is Who saves us, not our outward appearance. When we get too focused on outward appearance sometimes we tend to forget that head covering, although very biblical, is not about salvation or how holy and righteous we are. I do believe a true Christian will want to study out scripture though and it’s not something to be easily dismissed. Read more

Covering Testimony: Kristi Bothur

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Name: Kristi Bothur | Age: 45 | Location: Columbia, SC | Starting Covering: February 2015



Covering Testimony: Kristi Bothur

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Kristi Bothur. I am 45 years old, and the wife of a bivocational pastor. My husband and I have been married for thirteen years, and we have two children, ages 7 and 3, as well as five we will meet in Heaven whom we lost during pregnancy. In addition to our church ministry, we have a ministry called Naomi’s Circle that reaches out to other parents going through pregnancy or infant loss. We also homeschool, and I write on my own blog called “This Side of Heaven,” as well as two collaborative ones: one for pregnancy after loss and one that is a local moms blog.

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it. Do others practice headcovering there?

I attend two churches, both Southern Baptist. My husband is the pastor of South Beltline Baptist Church, a small, older inner city church. Until recently, our children were the only ones there, and so we are also active members of Spring Valley Baptist, a larger church that we have attended since we got married. I do not know of any others who practice headcovering at either church. Read more