Claudia: We tell the [Pre Cana] couples it is a privilege for us to be able to present, not only because we feel like we are giving them something really, really close to our hearts that we want them to have, but because we’re reminded of all the other couples that are with us on the journey.
Jeff: It’s the gift that keeps giving. It’s like the more you give, the more you receive. It’s a blessing.
Claudia: We just would like for the couples we present to to realize that [even if] there may not be mentors around them or examples of happy marriages, there are many, many happy marriages. We want them to see that and experience that and to have hope [and not] worry about the statistics around them. There is the grace of God, and when you bring Him into the relationship, you live it out in a completely different way than if you did it on your own. That’s what we want for them to take away, that His way is better than our way.
Jeff: I think if we didn’t say yes to God, we would be completely different. I also believe that when you do invite God into your life, there will be times when He asks you to step outside of your comfort zone, but when you do, you grow so much from that. We’ve done a lot; we were invited to step out of our comfort zone, and when we did, we [were] afraid, but then we realized this is amazing, this is great, it’s so fulfilling. I believe we found our purpose, and that is the marriage ministry.