I met Ben and Jessa Seewald through an interesting happenstance: Ben and Jess were in San Antonio for a few hours on a Sunday night. Ben called a buddy of his to see if there was anything going on for them to do while in San Antonio for the evening but, providentially, that buddy of his was working. So he suggested to Ben that they go to a church fellowship that was happening at my house and it was there, at that fellowship, that I met Ben and Jess for the first time. Over the next few weeks Ben and I would call and text here or there just to keep in touch about how God was working in the ministry or to share an encouraging word from the Scriptures. It wasn’t long before we developed a friendship and two and a half months later I made a trip to visit Ben and Jess and it was then that I met Jinger and the rest of the family. Over the rest of that year I would visit the Seewald’s every so often and have the chance to interact with all of the Duggars and get to know Jinger a bit. However, it was not until months later that I began praying about the possibility of pursuing a relationship with her. I had known she was a godly young woman with outstanding character and a passion for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ but we had never really interacted on more than a surface level. I remember watching her testimony video that she had made with Ben and thinking, “Wow. This girl is amazing.” I called Ben and Jess and began asking them more questions about her—of course, everything they said only confirmed what I had already been seeing: a humble, meek, modest, intelligent young woman with a burning desire to sacrificially serve the Lord in any way she could.
Soon after taking counsel both from Ben and Jess, my parents, and several other trusted godly people in my life, I planned a trip to visit Arkansas to visit the Seewalds. During that visit, Jinger and I had the opportunity to interact more than we had before and everything that I had seen earlier and was being said about her began to be confirmed more and more.
Soon after this visit, I joined the Duggars on a ministry trip to Central America where Jinger and I had the opportunity to serve the Lord together with the team. It was there that a mutual interest, though unbeknownst to one another, was really confirmed. On Thursday morning, December 11, 2015, I expressed my interest to get to know Jinger better to Mr. Duggar. This opened up the door for Mr. Duggar and me to build a friendship and began this great new chapter of my life with Jinger!
As we got to know each other better we felt the Lord leading us into a new season. On June 21, 2016, Jinger and I announced our courtship. Our mutual affection continued to grow, and on July 26, 2016, I asked Jinger to be my bride. Words could not describe how excited and grateful to God we were! Our joy was only surpassed when finally we said “I do” on November 5, 2016. We cannot wait to see God’s plan for our lives, together!
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