Colombia—Change of plans
When Roger and Laura Dye began planning a ministry trip to the coast of Colombia for a pastors’ marriage seminar and FamilyLife training, they knew they needed to be ready to adapt to inevitable last-minute changes and surprises. The relaxed attitude in Santa Marta can be frustrating to someone who is trying to nail down […]
February 2017 FamilyLife Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Philippines: Celebrating 20 years of FamilyLife Cameroon: A vibrant ministry in a diverse country UK: Going digital Romania: Adopted into the family And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
Romania—Adopted into the family
Daniel is a man we met at a recent Art of Marriage® event. When he was younger, he experienced kidney failure and received a kidney from his father. Once he was healthy again, he rejected God. He neglected to follow his treatment plan and developed unhealthy habits. His father died and this angered him even […]
Families are in crisis around the world, and the UK is no exception. In 2015, the FamilyLife team began exploring ideas for reaching more marriages and families. As they researched apps for couples, they began to realize the potential for digital outreach and the great need for a Christian presence in the digital world. As […]
Cameroon—A vibrant ministry in a diverse c...
Cameroon is a California-sized country located on the “hinge” between West and Central Africa. It has two official languages, French (83%) and English (17%), reflecting different regions of it being former French or British colonies. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. According to Operation World, Cameroon has “about 286 peoples, with many more sub-groups […]
Philippines—Celebrating 20 years of Family...
“Hinihiling naming tumayo ang lahat ng mga nanay! Mga tatay! Mga ate at kuya!” (We would like to request all the mothers! Fathers! Older sisters and brothers to stand!) Applause broke out as hundreds of people began to stand across the room. Couples from all over the country, singles cheering, toddlers chasing each other around the […]
November 2016 FamilyLife Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Latin America: A three-legged race UK: Lee and Bonnie’s story Trinidad and Tobago: A weekend of transformation FamilyLife’s 40th anniversary celebration and Global Outreach summit And more! To download the newsletter, click here.
UK: Lee and Bonnie’s story
By Christine Daniels Imagine being baptized in the Indian Ocean and then getting married two weeks later in Perth, Australia. Sounds amazing! I could never have guessed that this would happen when I first met a dating couple named Lee and Bonnie eighteen months ago in London at a FamilyLife seminar. Lee and Bonnie introduced […]
Trinidad and Tobago—A weekend of transform...
As more than eighty couples at various stages in their relationship streamed in to our annual Weekend to Remember marriage conference at the UTT Marine Campus, it was evident that some were struggling, the pain prominently displayed on their faces and the tension obvious in their interactions. By the end of the first day, however, transformation […]
Latin America—A three-legged race
By Gabe Buchholtz FamilyLife’s Week of Intensive Training in Miami, Florida, included something extra to illustrate an important principle and produce lots of laughs: the fifth annual “running the race” exercise. This annual event is a capstone project to reinforce the teaching points drawn from Hebrews 12:1-2: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a […]
40th Anniversary Celebration and Global Outr...
Nearly 70 FamilyLife partners and volunteers representing 20 countries outside the US traveled to Little Rock in July to attend FamilyLife’s 40th anniversary celebration and staff conference. It was an incredible time of celebrating all that God has done through FamilyLife around the world. Several international staff had the opportunity to tell their stories of […]
Global radio—Testimonies from Latin Americ...
Vida en Familia Hoy®, the Spanish version of FamilyLife Today®, continues to touch lives across the Spanish-speaking world thanks to FamilyLife’s partnership with Heralding Christ Jesus’ Blessings (HCJB) in Quito, Ecuador. Vicente Vieira is the Hispanic voice of Dennis Rainey, and he enjoys interacting with listeners who are eager to share their stories of how […]
Panama—Nathan and Sarai’s ministry
In 2012, Nathan and Sarai de la Espada first attended a Spanish Art of Marriage (AOM) event in Panama City, Panama, at the home of Hugo and Kenia Guerrero, FamilyLife leaders in Panama. Their marriage and their lives have not been the same since. After the event, Nathan and Sarai wanted to impact marriages and […]
Last fall, a high-ranking government official in Makurdi, the capital city in the Benué state of Nigeria, was reading the quarterly prayer diary produced by the Great Commission Movement Nigeria and noticed a prayer request about Ademola and Ajoke Adebiyi. They were stepping down from national leadership so they could focus on FamilyLife. He had […]
Australia: “God is bigger”
On Saturday March 12th, 45 people crowded into the auditorium at Taree Baptist Church in Taree (a small coastal town north of Sydney) to hear how God could transform their marriages through Power to Change’s A Day Together marriage conference. (In Australia, FamilyLife is known as Power to Change.) Amongst the crowd were several unchurched […]
May 2016 Global newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Jamaica: The FamilyLife launch that almost didn’t happen Nepal: Building new foundations Belize: Planting seeds for cultural change China: The first Chinese FamilyLife speaker retreat And more! To download the newsletter, click here.
Jamaica—The FamilyLife launch that almost...
“There has been a medical emergency. One of our passengers is in critical condition. The ship has turned around and is headed at top speed to Key West, Florida, so the passenger can receive proper medical treatment. It will be impossible for ship to stop in Jamaica on Thursday.” This all-ship announcement from the ship’s […]
China—the first Chinese FamilyLife speaker...
The narrow valley floor between two steep mountain rock faces north of Beijing was the location for the first ever Chinese speaker couples’ retreat March 4-6. All five of our committed Chinese speaker couples were able to attend, squeezing the weekend in between their equally tight schedules. All of the couples attending live in the […]
Belize—planting seeds for cultural change
The cultural conditions of marriages and families in Belize have declined with every generation. Eighty percent of all children born in Belize today are born to unwed parents. Fifty percent of those children will never even know who their father is. Sadly, as the culture has declined spiritually, morally, socially, and economically, even the church […]
Dominican Republic—Hearts Renewed, Hands R...
Twenty-six couples (all pastors and their wives) attended the recent First Family First conference in Samana. The conference is designed to equip pastors in their own marriages and give them tools and resources for strengthening marriages in their churches and communities. Jose Mendez, the host of the conference, said, “I came here looking for something […]
Mali—Breaking Cultural Barriers
The culture and values of the heavily patriarchal country of Mali sometimes clash with FamilyLife’s biblical teaching on marriage. The dividing gulf between men and women, husbands and wives, can make it difficult for FamilyLife speakers to teach on marital oneness in a way that will be accepted. For example, the concept of a man […]
My name is Asia, and I live in a small town in southwest Poland. I grew up in a multigenerational family with my parents, two sisters, my grandmother, grandfather, and grandfather’s brother. My parents took my sister and me to church, but we never talked about our beliefs or prayed together. I thought of God […]
Romania: A new legacy for the Gypsies
For the past few years, Gina Teodorescu has been involved in ministry to a Gypsy community in the Romanian town of Craiova. Although Gina’s husband, Ionel, passed away in 2012, she has been able to continue FamilyLife teaching and training by using messages they recorded together in previous years as well as HomeBuilders® studies. Gina […]
Nepal—Building new foundations
When Al MacKinnon received an invitation from Military Christian Fellowship (MCF) to come to earthquake-torn Nepal on a mission trip, he quickly agreed. Knowing that life there has been challenging since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit there a year ago, he was looking forward to the opportunity to serve other believers and do trauma coaching. […]
November 2015 FamilyLife Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Slovenia–Dani and Vilma Siter’s ministry China–One couple’s battle New Zealand–Legacy UK–The story of the Cuckoo Nigeria–HomeBuilders for pastors And more!To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
China — One Couple’s Battle
It was a bitterly cold January night in Beijing. As Sheryl and I stepped out of the taxi and began the short walk to the apartment building, I could feel the sharp cut of the winter wind biting at any exposed skin. Our Chinese friends, Shaun and Sara, had offered their apartment if we would […]
New Zealand: Legacy
The phone rings: It’s a husband booking himself and his wife for a Weekend to Remember. They’ve been before and are keen to join us again. “I have to tell you this,” he says. “We thought we had a good marriage, but when we returned home after our first FamilyLife weekend our lives were changed. […]
Nigeria—HomeBuilders® for Pastors
In June, during a FamilyLife Leadership Team training in Jos, Nigeria, the leadership team talked about the desperate needs pastors face in their marriages. They are often torn between the demands of their church and the demands of their marriage and family. Often, the pastors have no place to turn for help with their marriage or with achieving better harmony and […]