Mike and Jo Anne Ruby

Married 3-22-69

Encountered: 1976

Location: Worldwide – Kansas City

Married 3-22-69

Roles: Staff member

Status: Retired staff – Muscatine, Iowa

What makes them legends

Mike & Jo Anne Ruby were encountered in May 1976 on a Worldwide Catholic Weekend in Kansas City, Missouri. They became active in Spiral and quickly made new friends. Two years later they moved to Muscatine, Iowa to accept a new employment position for Mike. Not knowing one soul in Muscatine heightened their realization of how much they missed their M.E. friends in Kansas. In Muscatine, they saw two choices: (1) keep their Weekend as a nice memory, or 2) seek to have M.E. Weekends in the area so they could develop a Core. With God’s nudging, they went with option 2, which soon led to the birth of the Iowa-Illinois UPEME Community.

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¨Marriage Encounter Support Foundation was organized in 1983. Mike & Jo Anne Ruby were employed as UPEME’s first Staff Couple in July 1986. In addition, through special financial support, Jack & Susie Singleton’s talents as Expansion Staff Couple were made available to UPEME.

The Executive Committee made interim decisions on urgent items and brought major recommendations to the Board for final decisions. Board meeting minutes and policy decisions were communicated to Communities for implementation. It was one more example of God bringing the right people at the right time to enable a growing organization to function more effectively.

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