“This was an answer to our prayers!” This was the response from several leaders of various denominations and church boards from throughout Baja California Sur after Roger and Laura Dye met with them to present FamilyLife. Everyone was hungry for and receptive to marriage ministry. One of the leaders said his church had done research a few years ago and found that the divorce rate for that area was around 70%. Many of the leaders agreed that they knew they needed this for their congregations, but they just didn’t know where to start.
Roger laid out a closing challenge for each of their congregations to become a marriage and family equipping center in three years or less. Although they were initially stunned, they all embraced the concept and accepted the challenge. Roger also passed out an Art of Marriage® kit to leaders from every denomination present, and they each committed to gather at least three other leadership couples to experience and evaluate the material.
That same week, Roger and Laura spent time with a husband and wife who were facing some extremely difficult marriage and family issues. When Roger and Laura asked them and several others if there were any Christian couples in town who could disciple them, no one could think of any Christian couples strong in their faith with an intact marriage in this area of over 10,000 people. This just reinforced in Roger and Laura’s minds the need for marriage ministry in this area. They were grateful for the opportunity to meet with missionaries later that week who were enthusiastic about recruiting new missionaries for the area.
Roger and Laura are continuing to pray for open doors and additional training opportunities for this area that desperately needs to experience the transformative power of the gospel in their lives and families. The needs are great, but God is at work.