We met on a cold January evening at a dinner party in Berlin. A proud bachelor at the time, Tim had little thought of meeting the girl he would marry. Once there he couldn’t take his eyes off Judith. She responded to his flattering advances by unsuccessfully attempting to set him up with her sister. After 8 months of courteous consistency and polite persistence from Tim, she agreed to meet again in a cafe in Mitte, Berlin. What happened next is hard to put into words. I guess you could call it a soul connection.
Their new found friendship developed in an unexpected way - the pair moved from hanging out 'like bros' to becoming business partners. Judith's rebuffing against Tim's romantic advances had lead him to rethink his strategy. In pursuit of getting closer to her heart, he sought out the thing that was the closest to it at the time - a project called redco. Redco. was a visionary idea- a business concept that would connect fashion with the fight against the injustice of human trafficking- a case which both of their hearts broke for. Our first "dates" were discussing website concepts over frozen yoghurt. Again a very strategic move on Tim’s side.
After three months of froyos and friendship Judith finally admitted to herself that her new designer was pretty darn cute. They began to date. Probably one of the best decisions they had ever made., The healing, empowerment and personal growth that we have both experienced in the almost two years since then is near inexplicable. Would the story end here, it would still have been worth it. But thankfully it does not.
— Isaiah 58:6–cont.
From the very beginning onwards we have made the church central to our relationship. And when we speak of church, we don’t mean religion or traditions or rules or behavior modification. We believe that the church was always meant to be people, qualified not by their perfect behaviour but by the love of a Father who was willing to give his everything through his son Jesus Christ. We believe that in a God that equips us to love with no strings attached, to serve and bring hope and justice into a world in need of exactly that. We believe that our value as people is found in our purpose and our purpose is not to judge but to embrace others - to express love practically in the every day and the mundane. Not out of our own strength, but with what we have been given. It is this belief that has been at the center of what we want this partnership to be about and it is this fundamental value that we commit to when we will say “Yes” on that sweet November afternoon.
— Isaiah 58:11.
We believe that at the heart of a healthy family is a healthy marriage and a healthy career comes from a healthy home. We see marriage as a garden that demands our affection, our time, our determination, our resistance and our devotion. A place where when tended to with intention, the most beautiful plants can grow. A place that becomes an oasis in the desert of life, a place of rest and refuge, not just for us but for others as well. We believe that anything valuable comes at a cost. In front of our family and friends we want to celebrate our commitment to invest into each other and into the covenant that we believe marriage to be. And it is our heart’s desire that with time and care and most of all, grace, our marriage will indeed become like the garden spoken of by the prophet Isaiah in the passage above.
— Isaiah 58:11.
Traditionally marriage, as an institution, was seen as the best place to raise children. In today’s world, this idea may seem outdated and irrelevant. Nevertheless, the next generation has been something that we have always had on our heart as a couple. Grateful for all that has been invested into us, we hope that our children, whether biological or other, will be able to stand on our shoulders and see and reach farther than we could ever dream of. We want the date of our marriage to mark an official commitment to living in a way that sees beyond the here and now and the fleeting pleasures of the present and looks to raising the next generation in a way that sets them up to restructure and rebuild the world we live in with the future in mind.