We met on a prank phone call. Yes, you read that right! While attending the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, I (Pat) called Ruth pretending to be a local radio station announcing an opportunity to win cash.
The goal was pretty simple: Call an unsuspecting student and pretend to be a DJ giving money away for the individual who could “dash for the cash” at a particular intersection in downtown Chicago. What poor college student wouldn’t jump at such a generous offer? From our 10th floor dorm window, the view was perfectly entertaining. This, along with other radio scenarios, provided a much needed stress relief from our studies.
Looking back, it seems kind of sinful, but that’s how we found one another. While Ruth didn’t fall for the prank, eventually, she would fall for me. I’ll be forever grateful for my roommate who suggested we call this unsuspecting classmate of his!
Currently, we have been married for just over fifteen years. I (Pat) am a husband, father, and pastor. Ruth is a wife, stay-at-home mom, pastor’s wife, and blogger. God has graciously blessed us with four children so far (ages four to eleven). We love the family, and believe that God cares deeply for the family.
Though a blessing, it is also a battle that must be fought for in truth and love. In the beginning, God placed a man and woman in the garden of delight (Genesis 1-3). He instructed them to build a family and live for His glory. The place of God’s blessing quickly became the place of the enemy’s first attack. Many marriages and families know too well the sting and consequence of this ongoing battle. And yet in the midst of the mess, Jesus by His grace, offers hope, healing, forgiveness, and new way forward.
Having served in local church ministry for the past thirteen years, we’ve been firsthand witnesses to both the highs and lows of countless marriages and families. We’ve seen families experience the joy of what God intended, families bleeding from the pain of sin and brokenness, marriages restored, loved ones lost, children born and parents still waiting for children to be spiritually reborn. We’ve witnessed unspeakable hurt, but also the powerful hope that the gospel of Jesus brings.
For all of these reasons, and many more, our prayer is to encourage and equip families to build God-honoring homes for the glory of God and the good of the world. We believe that God has uniquely chosen the family to help pass along faith to the next generation and image the mysterious and beautiful love of Jesus toward His church (Ephesians 5:32). Our hope is to provide everyday biblical wisdom for everyday families so that they may be strengthened, encouraged, challenged, and inspired.
A Website for the family. We are for the family.
Thank you for joining us on this journey! We trust it will be a blessing to you and your family. On behalf of all of our contributors, we are humbled you would join us, and hopeful for all that God will do for His glory.
Pat and Ruth Schwenk
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