One of Wendy’s greatest joys is experiencing genuine hospitality – which isn’t necessarily the same thing as Instagram worthy, picture-perfect entertaining. True hospitality is transforming our dining tables into sacred spaces that nourish body and soul. It is the invaluable gift that we offer every time we invite others to be fed by good food and meaningful conversation.
In 2010 Wendy and her husband, Ryan, began hosting weekly meals in their home for twenty-somethings. Simple family meals offered to young adults who are just past college-age to 30-years-old.
Today – every Monday night – several women join Wendy’s family for a community dinner, followed by bible study with just the ladies.
And every Thursday several men gather around their table to share a family meal. After dinner the conversation continues about experiences and questions that matter. But sometimes the evening simply becomes a time to laugh, play games, or watch TV together.
Their dining table has become so much more than just a place to eat. It is a place of belonging. A place of knowing others and being truly known. A place of love, laughter, tears, vulnerability, celebration, and deep, deep joy.
Within a couple of years of opening their home weekly, the number of people gathering around their table began to outgrow the space of their dining room. These dinners had made deep roots into the Kessler home, and the relationships that grew from them had intertwined into very fabric of their family. With a generous gift from their Thursday Night Guys, a dining table that can seat 20 people was hand-crafted for their patio.
The Table has become a cherished place where the offering of community is continually poured out and shared.
Wendy’s desire to develop a place of community for young adults has not just increased in numbers. It has also grown into a passion for inspiring, teaching, and learning with others about nourishing people through the gifts of good food and authentic fellowship.
Whether the community you are creating around your table is small and intimate, or large and gregarious – Wendy hopes for the opportunity to grow with you in this journey of sharing genuine hospitality.