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 […]
Slovenia—Dani and Vilma Siter’s ministry
Each summer for the last few years, Dani and Vilma Siter have taken a couple weeks out of their schedule to walk across their country of Slovenia. They wake up early in the morning and walk for six to eight hours, often covering 20 miles or more while battling blisters, rain, and other discomfort. Why? […]
UK: The story of the Cuckoo
At almost every FamilyLife event, someone tells us, “Every couple in the country should do this!” Of course we are very keen to do that. For most of this year we have been working on a web-based application, an “app”, of the A Day to Treasure (ADT) event so people can access it from anywhere, […]
August 2015 FamilyLife Global newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Mexico: Opening doors in Baja California Sur Nigeria: Helping others who help others Cameron: A business professional’s marriage ministry UK: Music to our ears And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
UK—Music to our ears
“It wasn’t scary…it was fun!” This is what one of the not-yet-believing husbands told me at the end of the evening last Friday. He was smiling and really enjoyed the night. This was great to hear because his wife wasn’t sure he would turn up for the ‘What is Love, Actually?’ event! “What is Love, Actually?” […]
Nigeria—Helping others who help others
Drs. Israel and Augusta Olauré, both Ph.D.s and both Nigerians, have a very unique ministry to marriages and families in Nigeria. But first, a little back story. Prior to coming to the US for a sabbatical in 2014, the Olaurés had been asked to provide executive leadership to a new organization in Nigeria called the […]
Cameroon—A business professional’s marri...
Many people in Cameroon, a French-speaking nation in Central Africa, are eager to learn about marriage. Preparing for marriage. Making marriages stronger. Solving particular problems in marriage. And Roger MFONDI is there to bring biblical help and hope. Roger (pronounced ROW-SHAY) owns and runs a small computer services company in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital city. He […]
Mexico—Opening doors in Baja California Su...
“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 […]
Up in space, grounded in faith
It may have been the most unusual program we’ve ever aired on FamilyLife Today®. At various times during the interview, the guest stood sideways on the wall and upside down on the ceiling. At one point, Dennis Rainey, co-host of the show, asked his guest, “Would you mind looking out your window and telling us what you’re seeing […]
Looking across the meeting room at the Cru US Staff Conference in Fort Collins, CO in July 2013, my wife leaned up to me and said, “Do you see that man? He is not African American. He is African. We have to meet him. While we could not articulate exactly what the distinguishing marks are, […]
Cuba—help and hope from 1,000 miles away
How does a retired American couple from Alabama find themselves ministering regularly to marriages 1,000 miles away in Cuba? Mike and Lisa Conn have a thriving ministry to couples in their hometown of Montgomery, but they’ve also visited Cuba four times in the last two years to minister to marriages in desperate need of help. […]
February 2015 Global newsletter
This issue of the newsletter features: Mexico: Murder mayhem and marriages Cameroon: Secrets in a love letter Ukraine: Seven years of striving New Zealand: A weekend that changes everything China: A conference by Chinese, for Chinese And more! To download the newsletter, click here.
Ukraine—Seven years of striving
Igor Logvinenko met Olga at a disco in the Military Academy when he was a cadet. Olga attracted Igor’s attention with her sincerity and laughter, and the two began dating. When Igor finished Military Academy, they got married and moved to L’viv, where Igor’s military unit was located. Their early married life was far from […]
New Zealand—A weekend that changed everyth...
Pete and Sally had been married for over 30 years. They’d raised their children together and worked extremely hard all their lives, but even so, they’d drifted apart and were living separate lives. Seriously considering divorce, relatives suggested that they try the Weekend to Remember® before doing so and even paid their way so they […]
Mexico: Murder mayhem and marriages
A few years ago Juarez, Mexico, was rated the “murder capitol of the world.” A staggering number of over 10,000 people have been murdered since 2007 with the murder rate hitting an all-time high in 2009. Thievery, drug trafficking, and tensions between rival gangs have made Juarez a difficult and dangerous place to live. The […]
China—A conference by Chinese, for Chinese
It started at a high school reunion where James, one of our FamilyLife Chinese speakers, reconnected with his friend after 30 years. They found out that they were both Christians, his friend from a Christian heritage and James as an adult. James mentioned to his friend that he and his wife, Joanne, were speakers for […]
Cameroon—Secrets in a love letter
It was the time for testimonies and sharing after a Weekend to Remember® at a church in Obobogo, a neighborhood in Cameroon’s capital city, Yaoundé. During the sharing time, a woman moved to the front to give her testimony. When she got to the microphone, she started with these words: “I did not give my […]
STINT: Equipping staff for a lifetime of min...
Starting or growing FamilyLife in countries around the world is often a huge challenge, but the best way to help ensure success is to equip godly, passionate couples who have been called by God to help families. That’s why FamilyLife Global developed a STINT (Short-Term International) program to train staff to have an impact on […]
Mexico: A ripple effect
When Dave and Jennifer Cook agreed host an Art of Marriage® event at their church in Sherwood, Arkansas, they had no idea the ripple effect that one event could have. Lilliana and Mike, a couple who had just relocated to Arkansas from Mexico, showed up at the event in Sherwood and loved it. They spoke […]
FamilyLife staff conference 2014
FamilyLife’s staff conference, held August 27-30, was a time of looking back and celebrating what God has done over the past 38 years and equipping and building up our staff for the coming years. Thirty-four FamilyLife partners from ten countries also attended and were encouraged by the messages from Al Mohler, David Nassar, Dennis Rainey, […]
Fiji: A season of preparation
During their early married years in Fiji, Kevin and Sala Sanders felt blessed. They owned a successful business and a house with a pool and were enjoying being financially comfortable. They connected with the FamilyLife ministry in Fiji (FamilyOne), and began participating in topical marriage studies with other couples. Having mature Christian couples around them […]
August 2014 Global Newsletter
August 2014 Global Newsletter This issue of the Global newsletter features: Colombia: Planting seeds of family ministry United Kingdom: That the deaf may hear Belarus: Seeing God move New Zealand: From the letter box I Still Do China: Passport to Purity Poland: One couple’s testimony To download the newsletter, click here.
I Still Do
I Still Do FamilyLife® announces I Still Do™, a powerful, practical, one-day marriage event where couples can invest in and strengthen their marriage. Couples will join thousands of others to affirm the fundamental importance of strong, healthy, committed marriages in every culture. By exploring God’s design for marriage, couples will have a chance to reaffirm that […]
UK: That the deaf may hear
One of the things we continually pray about is ensuring the biblical truths that we share at our events don’t fall on deaf ears. This prayer request was heightened at our recent A Day Together event held at our local church (Gold Hill Baptist) in Chalfont St. Peter. When our team was asked if we […]
Poland—One couple’s testimony
Magda and Wiesiek Grabowski, FamilyLife leaders in Poland, received this encouraging testimony from a couple (Paula and Jarek) they met more than three years ago. We met Wiesiek and Magda Grabowski in May 2011. We participated in a weekend retreat for parents about raising children. During the two-day conference Wiesiek and Magda addressed the topics […]
New Zealand: From the letter box
We have been married for 20 years, and there has been some tough stuff to deal with of late. Last September we had reached a point of knowing that if we didn’t do something radical, we would implode. We were relating to each other in pretty negative spirals at times. We made the hardest decision […]