The Homeless Pastor’s Wife

Her question caught me off guard. 

I was chatting with a woman who was visiting our church. She had attended our church previously, before my husband and I came, so she knew many of the people in our church, but was interested to get to know me a little bit. After telling me some about herself, she asked me, “So where do you call home?”

“Home…” I stumbled in my response to her that day. I think I said something like, “This is our home for however long God says it is.” Her words stuck with me though. I’m sure she didn’t know, but she had touched on something my heart has struggled with for a number of years. 

When we first moved to our new church, I was eager to start building lasting friendships (particularly with other young moms around my age) that would make this feel like home. I was blessed with a wonderful church growing up, one that I attended from birth until I left for college. The church family was an extension of my own family. I was blessed with wonderful friends and also adult mentors, all of whom helped shape me into who I am today. And when we arrived at my husband’s new pastorate, I could see these same kinds of friendships around me – I wanted in!

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About Tobi Henschel

Tobi and her husband, Paul, met at Moody Bible Institute and have been serving in churches together since then. Along with their three amazing boys, they currently serve at a church in the middle of Illinois farmland where Paul is the senior pastor. Tobi has a passion for teaching the Word of God, especially to children, and helps with both the children's and women's ministries of her church. She loves reading, DIY projects, coffee, ice cream, and spontaneous dance parties with her boys.