As Becky and Rich Paterik waved their youngest son off to college, they looked around at their empty-nest and thought, “what do we do now?” Involved in the church in their own individual ways, they realized that there was scarcely anything they did together, so they decided to register for Re|Engage, a course for couples to examine God’s design for marriage and apply biblical principles to grow in their relationship with each other.
The 16-week experience proved to be worthwhile. So much so, they signed up to be leaders so they could go through the course yet again! Through the biblical and practical study questions, rich teachings, and multi-generational group discussions, Becky and Rich found that their marriage had grown immensely through learning and leading as a couple. Their perspectives were shifted as they realized how much God was for their marriage. “We’re not alone,” Becky described. “God loves you and wants the best for you and your spouse.”
In meeting other couples, the Pateriks grew in greater love for God, one another, and their community as they dedicated time to pray for other couples daily. “Healthy marriages make for a healthy church,” Rich emphasized that the two areas of life are not distinct from one another. It is through Re|Engage that Becky and Rich have experienced and witnessed God transform marriages in the power of his love.
Find ways you can serve and experience God’s transformative love in the lives of others at hppres.org/serve.