Redeemer Stories: Meet Bastiaan and Elodie

Names: Bastiaan & Elodie Verweij
Nationality: Dutch
Favourite food: We are both in love with Italy, including Italian cuisine. The pastas, the pizzas and of course the wines and Italian aperitivos.

1. What does your day-to-day look like, particularly during the past year since the COVID pandemic?

We are a totally atypical couple if you ask us about our activities during the COVID pandemic.

Elodie: I work as Chief of Politics at a daily talk show (Jinek & BEAU) on the commercial channel RTL4. I work both in the studio in Amsterdam and at the parliament in The Hague. Behind the scenes I’ve been busy every day arranging and briefing the guests of that day, from virologists and doctors to ministers and members of parliament. And then I also had to deal with national elections last March. The biggest change was that we could no longer receive audience at the talk show and that I got tested I don’t know how many times. I will never forget the feeling of having a stick in my nose I guess. And! I think I am one of the few people in this entire world who never had a Zoom-meeting for work.

Bastiaan: I’ve been working from home a few days of the week, but last year I also had to go to the office in Amstelveen regularly. As Director of Communication Project Management and Internal Communication at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, I had to work very hard, especially during the first months. KLM is hit hard by the COVID pandemic and there was a continuous and necessary need for communication to all KLM staff. It is a very challenging time and unfortunately many people have already had to leave our airline. I still really appreciate working from home due to the fact that I also can go to the office some days. At home I have more time for reflections, for walks or to read a book.

2. What have you learned about God and who He is in this season?

Time and time again we see how faithful God is. In big and small things. Even when things go wrong or when we feel tired about the whole COVID situation, we see that God gives rest and peace and that we receive the strength to continue. We also feel very blessed to be healthy and have jobs.

3. How has it been for you to connect with others (friends, family) during this time of distancing?

During this COVID time, we both found it by far the most difficult thing that there have been so many restrictions. Not being able to visit friends and family freely, not being able to go to church on Sundays, not being able to eat or meet outdoors to relax. And for Elodie: not to shop!! We are enjoying life, and as extraverts we love face-to-face connections and meetings with others. That is why this feels sometimes difficult. But we also understand very well that these are necessary measures from a health perspective that we fully support. And we have seen so many blessings. The mere fact that there are endless opportunities  to meet online and stay in touch with others for example

4. Do you have any stories of God answering prayer or breaking through in situations that you’d like to share?

We both believe in the power of prayer. Our whole life is made up of major and minor breakthroughs through the grace of God. For example for Bastiaan: I had to take a couple of very difficult managerial decisions. Even when I couldn’t steer the outcome – because  a lot of things were out of my hands – I still saw God answering prayers.

5. What are you thankful for?

For health, for Redeemer, for all the possibilities that still exist to connect with others and perhaps also for the fact that COVID has also paid attention to us that freedom, health, social security, jobs etc. cannot be taken for granted. It all makes us feel more grateful and humble.