Latin America: Built Up and Sent Out
The powerful results of the Bogotá FamilyLife Congress “When I arrived, my cup was empty. I had no purpose. But with each session and workshop, God filled my cup to overflowing. I leave here with a renewed purpose. Families all around us are pleading for help. Let us not fail them. I leave here ready […]
Families on Mission: The Launch of FamilyLif...
By Jayna Richardson “I have shared my faith a lot through the years. To do this with my son was amazing.” “I loved sharing clean physical and living spiritual water with others! It was also a great opportunity for families to be on mission together!” “I saw how the kids on the trip were so […]
Latin America—The Journey of Spanish Trans...
By Roger Dye and Jayna Richardson “My wife and I came here with no hope. We were not going to get divorced, but we haven’t had any joy in our marriage for several years. We were just resigned to a marriage without happiness. But what you have taught us this week has given us a […]
US Hispanic Ministry—A Tale of Two Couples
By Jayna Richardson When Paola Jairala received Christ in 2005, she began hoping and praying that her husband would have the same experience. She didn’t have to wait long—one month later, Javico met the Lord as well. “We both thought that everything was going to change and that we would be happy forever!” says Paola. […]
Latin America: Paying it Forward
By Jayna Richardson Eduardo and Diana Rivadeneira never could have predicted the path God had planned for them. After ten years of marriage, their relationship was broken. Years of alcohol, drugs, and infidelity had led them to separate. But everything changed when they turned to Jesus in the midst of their hopelessness and placed him […]
Central America—Training Men who are Stepp...
by Jayna Richardson When the Church of God denomination in Central America began looking for materials to strengthen their outreaches to families and men, they came across FamilyLife, and an effective partnership was formed. Within the last nine months, around 300 men in leadership within the Church of God in seven Central American countries have […]
Blended and Blessed® for the Spanish Commun...
by Jayna Richardson Families around the world face many of the same challenges—managing finances, resolving conflict, and reconciling styles of parenting, to name a few. Stepfamilies must navigate these issues and additional difficulties within complex stepfamily relationships, a daunting task that leaves many stepfamilies feeling desperate for help and hope. That’s where Blended and Blessed® […]
Belize—Faithfulness in Troubling Times
Richard and Rosa Smith have served as FamilyLife volunteers in Belize for more than two decades. They’ve seen God work in their country through marriage seminars, small groups, radio broadcasts, and other outreaches. But the challenges of the pandemic have allowed them to experience new depths of God’s faithfulness in the past year. The Smiths […]
US Hispanic Ministry—One Couple’s Impact
By Jayna Richardson Andres and Gail Carranza have a vibrant local ministry to the Hispanic community in the US. But their ministry isn’t confined to just the families in their church and neighborhood—their outreach touches Spanish-speaking homes throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and even Central and South America. How is it possible that one couple […]
by Jayna Richardson During a recent Facebook Live event in Tunja, Colombia, 170 couples from 27 small groups celebrated the completion of a FamilyLife study. Through the study, approximately 50 couples encountered the gospel for the first time in their lives! This is just one example of the many ways God is at work in […]
Latin America—Spanish Radio Testimony
Vida en Familia Hoy®, the Spanish version of FamilyLife Today®, is continuing to touch lives across the Spanish-speaking world. We received the following testimony from our partners at HCJB (Heralding Christ Jesus’ Blessings) in Quito, Ecuador. A man in Quito was using a company car that had previously been tuned to 89.3, HCJB. When he […]
Nicaragua—The launch of FamilyLife
By Jayna Richardson Orlando and Merce Madrigal, FamilyLife leaders in Costa Rica, have been assisting the FamilyLife ministry in Nicaragua for the past few years, praying that someday God might raise up Nicaraguan leaders to take charge of the ministry and bring growth and revival to the families of Nicaragua. That prayer was recently answered […]
Global Radio—Influencing Latin America and...
“FamilyLife is mentoring me. We are a country where there are no mentors; there is almost no one to ask deep questions. I thank God this program is helping me.” This came from a listener of the FamilyLife Today® international English radio program. FamilyLife Today can be heard around the world from TWR360.org (which has […]
Latin America—Parenting Initiative Impact
“I’ve had a habit of abusing my own son because my mother abused me. I heard God’s sweet voice say, ‘You have a new beginning, and you are not your mother.’ Now my heart is flooded by grace for my son and my mother. I forgave my mom, and when I saw her, I felt […]
Latin America—Agora 2018
FamilyLife Global recently had the opportunity to participate in a large gathering of Cru staff and volunteers from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at Agora 2018 in Brazil. Nearly 1,500 people attended, which presented a huge opportunity for introducing FamilyLife strategies and resources to Christian leaders in several countries. Attendees at Agora (which […]
Panama—A Ministry to Police
Jonathan and Hanna Samudio know that police officers face unique challenges in their marriages. For the last few years, they’ve been faithfully ministering to the Metropolitan Police in Panama City through FamilyLife’s Art of Marriage® . . . and they’re seeing powerful results! This ministry began in 2016 when the Samudios were invited by the […]
Latin America: The Buchholtz Legacy
After fifteen years of service at FamilyLife specifically ministering to Latin America (and seventeen years total on staff), Gabe and Nancy Buchholtz retired in March. The Buchholtzes recently took time to look back on their early days at FamilyLife ministering outside the US. Piles of tortillas, hot and steaming, beside a sizzling griddle; open charcoal […]
Dominican Republic—Shore Excursions with S...
FamilyLife’s 2018 Love Like You Mean It® cruise included an unusual opportunity in the Dominican Republic. When the ship docked in Puerto Plata, instead of engaging in the usual tourism and sightseeing activities, sixty cruise guests chose to invest their time and money differently. The cruise guests engaged in two ministry activities that helped open […]
Panama—reaching a continent with biblical...
“I am committed to this ministry because I know what it’s like to almost lose my marriage and family.” Hugo Guerrero is central to a ministry based in Panama that’s reaching many families throughout the continent of South America, but it’s a path he never would have expected his life to take. Back in 1994, […]
Latin America—Celebrating 25 years of Fami...
Vida en Familia (FamilyLife in Latin America) held a celebration in March to give thanks to God for 25 years of ministry. This was an opportunity for those involved with Vida en Familia to look back on all that God has done over the years and to look forward to what God may do in […]
Mexico—Cruising with purpose
Shore excursions are part of the fun of cruising, but this year’s Love Like You Mean It cruise provided a different kind of opportunity for 37 guests when the boat docked in Progreso, Mexico, on February 16. These cruise participants, instead of going sight-seeing or finding other entertainment, paid for the chance to work in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]