Jennifer Winquist - Founder/Editor in chief
For the last 30 years I've been in the publishing business. I've had a great time working on all kinds of publications: holiday publications, craft and kid magazines, fitness newsletters, and even entertainment pieces on mega stars like Michael Jackson and Princess Diana. For several years I also had the pleasure to work with a company helping businesses improve their customer communications.
And then God showed up and I understood that all of this stuff I had learned was going to be used for His glory. So far, it has been humbling, amazing, frustrating, challenging, and worth everything.
Bits and pieces
My most inspiring scripture: Jude 24: "Now, all glory to God who is able to keep you from falling away and who will bring you into his glorious presence without a single fault."
My perfect date night: Eating take-out pizza and watching movies with my husband and grandkids.
My must sing-along song: Christ in Me by Jeremy Camp
My family: My husband [I've known him my whole life], two great kids who [very wisely] married great people, 6 grandkids that help me understand how much God must love us, and two cats we lovingly refer to as "Trouble"...she bites...and "Fat Stuff"...she has food insecurity issues.
One night, not too many years ago, I had a dream. Not one of those bizarre dreams where you can fly or breathe underwater (while playing with friendly hippos). Not a nightmare with witches or people you know that are supposed to be dead but instead come to your birthday party. Yet, it is a dream I will never forget.
In my dream, I died. As I'm standing at the pearly gates, the "man" out front says, to my surprise, "Why should I let you in?"
Now, I had gone to church my entire life. Sure, I'd been pretty busy the last few...okay,10...years, but I had a family and my career took up so much of my time. I thought about God more than once in a while, prayed occasionally...why didn't he know this? Daily, I could fairly easily avoid breaking most of the 10 commandments...not like SOME people!
I quickly, and smugly retorted, "Well, why not? I didn't do anything."
Disappointed he replied, "I know. I gave you everything and you didn't do anything."
Nothing like a wake-up call from God. Oh, yes, I completely, 100% believe that God gave me that dream to wake me up. While I had always been a Christian, just like so many, I got wrapped up in what I thought was important. I didn't have much time for God.
So, I started to make a change. To look for God. To see what he wanted me to do. After a few years on this journey, God and I are pretty tight. I hang out with him daily, try to listen to what he's telling me, and to go where he is leading. I dove in big-time to reading the Bible and realized how much I was missing. I truly met God for the first time in my life. Before, I only knew about him.
I love, LOVE, hanging with God. Nothing compares. Amazingly, I don't miss my old, self-absorbed life at all.
And, here we are. God has lead me to create this ministry and magazines for the 200 million people in the U.S. who have access to the Bible and to Christianity, but who just don't get it. Who haven't embraced it. Haven't been saved. Maybe they don't have Christian friends, maybe they don't know how important this is, maybe no one cared enough or just couldn't find a way to reach them.
I figure if those of us who do know how important it just makes a small effort, the Holy Spirit can do his thing and help that seed grow. One small thing - like putting a magazine with God's plan in it somewhere someone who is lost might see it. It might just start them on their journey - the one that changes everything.