August 2020 Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Canada: Going Digital UK: Couples Talk Liberia: Embracing the Unexpected Portugal: Adapting in Uncertain Times And more! To download this issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter, click here.
Portugal: Adapting in Uncertain Times
by Jayna Richardson Junia Barbosa is a wife, mom, nurse midwife, and the national director for FamilyLife Portugal. As busy as she is, she had to make time to learn new ways of doing ministry online during the pandemic. As she’s reflected on the past few months and the changing landscape of ministry, she’s seen […]
Liberia: Embracing the Unexpected
by Jayna Richardson When Wolobah Taylor, FamilyLife leader in Liberia, reached out to the FamilyLife Global department for advice on how to do small-group ministry in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions, international representative Chuck Eckerson responded with some reluctance that they might want to consider Zoom. Why the reluctance? Eckerson knew that Liberians are very […]
UK: Couples Talk
UK—Couples Talk By Christine Daniel (FL UK Director) We’re all well aware of the massive global challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The “lockdown” in our country meant we had to cancel our spring/summer programme of live events, our A Day Together seminars, which we typically hold across the country in partnership with […]
Canada: Going Digital
by Jayna Richardson When the Coronavirus hit, FamilyLife Canada was forced to cancel four Weekend Getaways. They grieved over the six hundred couples who would not be able to experience these special events to strengthen their relationships. But God had other plans—and those plans allowed the team to reach more than 3,000 couples instead! Through […]
May 2020 Global newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Kuwait: Hungry for Hope Croatia: Family Camps Latin America: Spanish Radio Testimony FamilyLife Global: Training Couples for Outreach And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
Kuwait—Hungry for Hope
by Jayna Richardson “You can’t believe how much we need this!” When it comes to solid, practical teaching on marriage and family issues, people of the Middle East are hungry for help and truth. FamilyLife representatives Jim and Judy Burrows and Dave and Jennifer Cook saw this firsthand when they visited Kuwait in February […]
By Jayna Richardson “Our family changed so much since we started coming to this camp.” “Every interaction is God-focused; all activities are serving families and strengthening us.” “My kids are learning what it means to follow God—thank you for your example and for making it fun and interesting.” For the past eight summers, FamilyLife Croatia […]
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 […]
FamilyLife Global—Training Couples for Out...
by Jayna Richardson FamilyLife has a ministry presence in over one hundred countries around the world. While many of these countries do have full-time FamilyLife staff, in some places the ministry is run by part-time staff or volunteers. All the FamilyLife ministries, with or without staff, rely on teams of volunteers to help share the […]
February 2020 Global Newsletter
This issue of the Global newsletter features: Ireland: Changing Lives and Legacies Nigeria: Reaching out through Radio New Zealand: A Fresh Start Nicaragua: The Launch of FamilyLife And more! To download the newsletter, click here.
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 […]
New Zealand—A fresh start
By Steve Hooper I received a call recently from a lady who had found our number in a Google search. She told me she wanted a divorce and was looking for help on how to go about it. I told her she had rung the right place. As we talked, I promised to send her […]
Nigeria—Reaching out through radio
By Jayna Richardson As Islamic fundamentalism increases in parts of Nigeria, it can be a difficult place in which to minister. But that isn’t stopping FamilyLife leaders Ademola and Ajoke Adebiyi. “We will not give up our mandate of sharing the gospel,” says Ademola. “We need more creative ways of penetrating the physical barriers while […]
Ireland—Changing lives and legacies
by Jayna Richardson “My name is Norm; what’s yours?” Norm Patterson sat down next to a man at the back of the bus in Dublin, Ireland. The man was as big as an NFL linebacker and appeared to be around forty years old. “Mine’s Alan, happy to know you,” he said. “Alan, where are you […]
November 2019 Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Zimbabwe: Reaching a Country for Christ Canada: Bringing Hope to Indigenous Communities Global Radio: Influencing Latin America and Beyond FamilyLife Headquarters Relocation Announcement And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
Headquarters Relocation Announcement
For more than 43 years, our Little Rock, Arkansas-based ministry has been dedicated to strengthening marriages and families through biblical resources, radio and events. What started as marriage and family training for Cru staff members grew into an international ministry with more than 3 million people attending events, 1.6 million weekly radio listeners, and distribution […]
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 […]
Canada—Bringing hope to indigenous communi...
In November of 2016, an indigenous couple from a remote community in northern Ontario accepted an invitation to be flown down to attend the Weekend Getaway at Blue Mountain. Unknown to us at the time, they thought their marriage was over. But the weekend put them on the road to reconciliation, so much so that […]
Zimbabwe—Reaching a Country for Christ
A male executive attended a Weekend to Remember® on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. During the weekend, the woman he had come with approached one of the speakers and told her that the material was wonderful and very practical. But she had a confession—the man she’d come to the event with was not her husband. The […]
August 2019 Global Newsletter
This issue of the August 2019 Global newsletter features: Latin America: Parenting Initiative Impact Singapore: Unshakable Joy Ministry Skills Training And more! To download this newsletter, click here.
Ministry Skills Training
“This training has opened my eyes to the vast possibilities to share the life-transforming truth of the gospel by utilizing the compelling materials by FamilyLife!” “We can’t wait to see what God is going to do through this group here!” “We have been wanting this training and opportunity and couldn’t be more excited!” In May […]
“What? Why? Where are you pushing me to?” Krystin Bernandez, 36, had just finished her obstetrician checkup at a hospital and was immediately wheeled into the operating theatre. “The fetus is growing outside of your womb. So sorry, I’m afraid we’ve got to remove it.” Shell-shocked, Krystin broke down and cried. This happened in August […]
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 […]
May 2019 Global Newsletter
This issue of the May Global newsletter features: Liberia: The power of HomeBuilders® Fiji: Five lessons learned from living overseas Belize: Cruisin’ with a mission Canada: No more divorce counselling And more! To download this issue of the Global newsletter, click here.
Canada—No More Divorce Counselling
After 31 years of marriage, Anna and Jeremy (names changed for privacy) were really struggling to find anything whatsoever positive about each other. “My husband and I have been attending marriage counselling (at $200 an hour!) where the big focus was each person following their own dreams, separating their finances and creating their own life […]
Cruisin’ with a mission
This year’s Love Like You Mean It® cruise was an exciting time of strengthening marriages and drawing couples closer to each other and to God. And for 65 couples who chose to volunteer their time, money, and energy to participate in an outreach, it was also a chance to minister and bless the locals of […]
Fiji—Five lessons learned from living over...
For six months our family lived in the South Pacific, specifically, the island country of Fiji. We were there serving on behalf of FamilyLife as volunteers with the Methodist Church of Fiji, to help them strengthen their marriage and family training initiative. Before leaving for Fiji, one of the elders at our church in Arkansas […]
Liberia—The Power of HomeBuilders®
After attending a HomeBuilders® leader training in March 2017, Dennis and Vania Aggrey immediately started their own HomeBuilders group. Six couples joined together to go through Building Your Marriage to Last. As a result of this HomeBuilders group, they saw God do some exciting things! One couple had been together and cohabiting for years. They […]
February 2019 Global Newsletter
February 2019 Global Newsletter This issue of the Global newsletter features: Panama: A Ministry to Police United Arab Emirates: The Launch of FamilyLife Latin America: Agora 2018 Ukraine: Small Town; Big Impact And more! To download the newsletter, click here.
Ukraine—Small town, big impact
How can one couple in ministry make a difference when sin and brokenness are tearing homes apart at alarming rates? FamilyLife Ukraine volunteers Volodymyr and Olga Shvets are seeing this question answered through their ministry in the Khmelnytskyi region of Ukraine. Although ministering to families can be discouraging work, God is taking the offerings of […]
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 […]
United Arab Emirates: The Launch of FamilyLi...
“Can you please pray for me? I can’t think of anything positive to write to my husband.” This is what one woman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said when couples at a Weekend to Remember® were given the task of writing a love letter to their spouses. Application projects throughout the event are often […]
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 […]
November 2018 Global Newsletter
This issue of the Global newsletter features: FamilyLife Global Summit China: From Destruction to Redemption Fiji: Passport2Purity Ghana: An Answered Prayer And more!To download the newsletter, click here.
Ghana: An Answered Prayer
In August 2018, a dream twenty years in the making came true when FamilyLife was officially launched in Ghana. Ralph and Christina Sutherland are volunteers with FamilyLife who had for years hoped and prayed to bring a Weekend to Remember® (WTR) to this West African country. They finally witnessed the fruit of that dream this […]
Multigenerational homes are very common in Fiji. Children in particular often end up living with extended family or friends while school is in session so they can get a good education. This is how Save (pronounced “Sah-vey”) and Bui (“mBoo-ee”), key FamilyLife volunteers within the Methodist church in Fiji, found themselves with six students in […]
China: From Destruction to Redemption
Greg and Lyn Wu* first learned about FamilyLife through attending an Art of Marriage® event in Beijing. Because of the difficulties they were facing in their marriage, particularly in their communication patterns, they didn’t want to go back after the first night. But God was at work in drawing them together and bringing about an […]
FamilyLife Global Summit 2018
The challenges of ministering to marriages and families around the world are enormous. Globally, divorce rates have increased by more than 250% since 1960. While every country faces obstacles unique to its own culture, the results everywhere are the same—broken families in need of help and hope. Fortunately, God is raising up laborers around the […]
August 2018 Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Ghana: On a mission for marriages India: Like Arrows premiere Kuwait: The first Weekend to Remember Romania: Sharing hope And more! To download the August 2018 FamilyLife Global newsletter, click here.
Romania: Sharing hope
Romania is a southeastern European country rich in history and legends, known for its forests and medieval villages as well as its notable castles and fortifications. But this country of 19.7 million people also faces many challenges. Fifteen percent of Romanians are working abroad, leaving family members and even children behind. Twenty-three million abortions have […]
Kuwait: The first Weekend to Remember
Warren and Ann Abrameit, an American couple from Texas who both work as doctors, were surprised to hear from their old friends, Sameh and Mona. The two couples had met ten years ago in Qatar. Warren and Ann were living and working there at the time and doing ministry on the side using FamilyLife materials […]
India: Like Arrows® premiere
Attendees at a recent Weekend to Remember in Goa, India, had the opportunity to participate in something very special—the world premiere of Like Arrows, FamilyLife’s new movie that follows Alice and Charlie on a parenting journey that spans fifty years. The Weekend to Remember in Goa was organized by a volunteer couple who were trained […]
Ghana: on a mission for marriages
Billy and Joy Thompson knew when they got married in 2009 that their life together would include traveling to teach and make disciples of all nations, specifically Ghana. But they didn’t know that God would begin to lay a burden on their hearts to minister to marriages. After multiple trips to Ghana to plant churches, […]
May 2018 Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Dominican Republic: Shore Excursions with Significance Africa: A HomeBuilders Transformation New Zealand: Vicky’s Testimony Latin America: The Buchholtz Legacy And more! To download the May 2018 FamilyLife Global newsletter, click here.
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 […]
New Zealand: Vicky’s Testimony
After ten years of marriage, I was in a place of discontent. We tried to fix or do things better and attended many marriage courses, but my discontentment and frustration only got worse as I learned more about how our marriage should be or how my husband should be. I became angry and bitter towards […]
Africa: A HomeBuilders Transformation
Joel Tunwagun was ready to give up on his marriage. In fact, he was actively making plans to leave and divorce his wife, Juliana. But then an additional complication arose when Juliana told him she thought she might be pregnant. Joel and Juliana went together to a local clinic so that she could be tested. […]
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 […]
February 2018 FamilyLife Global newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Italy: Turning difficulty into opportunity Kazakhstan: From misery to ministry Nigeria; Reaching out through radio UK: Have you had the right training? And more! To download the February 2018 FamilyLife Global newsletter, click here.
UK—Have You Had the Right Training?
The fact that we’re still married after 32 years is a miracle. I used to be in the Army; we were well-trained and prepared for the job. We learned tactics, how to communicate, how to work together, how to map-read, shoot guns, build things, and blow things up. After I left the Army, I went […]
Nigeria—Reaching Out Through Radio
On the evening of Sunday, January 14, 2017, a phone call came from one of our faithful partners and associates in ministry. A staff of a radio station in town had approached him about their station’s (JayFM 101.9) plan to start a family-focused program. We were ecstatic! For more than a year, we had been […]
Kazakhstan—From Misery to Ministry
For many years we have been praying for new volunteers in the FamilyLife ministry. One family from Astana contacted me last July; they said that God had laid on their hearts to minister to families there. I began to interact with them via Skype and Whatsapp, and in the beginning of September I went to […]
Italy—Turning Difficulty into Opportunity
After the umpteenth discussion, three months ago Sasha and Floriana had decided to separate due to their problems in understanding and respecting each other. The pain of helplessness in finding a solution led Floriana to ask for help from Antonio and Angela, a couple of FamilyLife volunteers. Sasha and Floriana are a young couple who […]
November 2017 FamilyLife Global newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Moldova: international family day Liberia: from isolation to unity Slovenia: prayer walking Panama: reaching a continent with biblical resources And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
Dani and Vilma Siter, leaders of the ministry Family and Life Slovenia, have always wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago, a well-known pilgrimage route in Spain (also known as the Way of Saint James). Although circumstances prevented them for many years from making the trip, in 2014 God used their dream of walking the […]
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, […]
Moldova—International Family Day
Since the International Family Day has been accepted in Moldova officially, we’ve had the desire to do something on this day to share about godly families. But our resources are limited. This year we asked our friends, whose business is making animations for kids, to help us do something for 50 families and their kids. […]
Liberia—from isolation to unity
Because of civil unrest in Liberia, family values have been on a downward trend. Even Christian marriages are being torn apart by divorce each year in staggering numbers. Wolobah and Venessa Taylor, who work with the Great Commission Movement of Liberia, decided to approach likeminded people to work out a possible intervention alongside the church to […]
August 2017 FamilyLife Global newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Latin America: Celebrating 25 years of FamilyLife Australia: A night of new beginnings Croatia: Marriage week outreach Togo: Sowing and reaping And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
Togo—Sowing and reaping
For the last few years, the FamilyLife ministry in the Pentecostal Church in Togo has done HomeBuilders small groups “their own way.” In many (most?) Pentecostal churches, they did not really follow the way we trained them. They have used our HomeBuilders® materials in ways that we might not even recognize here in the US. […]
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 […]
Croatia—Marriage Week Outreach
Organizing 50 events in 20 cities over the course of one week is no easy task—it takes a lot of prayer, preparation, and a team of excellent volunteers. These elements all came together in February during Croatian Marriage Week. The FamilyLife team, in cooperation with their network of over 70 volunteers around the country, held […]
Australia—A night of new beginnings
Already this year, Power to Change (FamilyLife in Australia) has had many fantastic opportunities to reach out to hurting couples and point them back to Christ. Amidst marriage conferences and small group studies, couples’ lives are being changed, and marriages are being redeemed. One of the recent highlights was a marriage evening held in the […]
May 2017 FamilyLife Global newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Colombia: Change of plans Ripple effects from Texas to Ethiopia Philippines: Ashes to beauty Mexico: Cruising with purpose And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
Philippines—Ashes to Beauty
My husband and I have been married for seven years now. Before we met God, our relationship was topsy turvy. We likened it to a yo-yo trick called “walking the dog” because it seemed we had more down moments than good times. In those seven years, we were happy for the first two and half. […]
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 […]
Ripple effects from Texas to Ethiopia
Our time at the Houston, Texas, Ethiopian Christians Fellowship Church February 10-12 was one of the most amazing ministry experiences we have ever had. We were invited to lead a HomeBuilders training Friday night and to speak at their annual Valentine’s Day program on Saturday. The church plans to use HomeBuilders groups as one of their main […]
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 […]
August 2016 FamilyLife Global newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Panama–Nathan and Sarai’s Ministry Nigeria–Mobilizing Makurdi Australia–“God is Bigger” Global Radio–Testimonies from Latin America And more! To download a copy of the newsletter, click here.
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 […]
February 2016 Global newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Romania–A new legacy for the Gypsies Poland–Asia’s testimony Mali–Breaking cultural barriers Dominican Republic–Hearts renewed, hands ready to serve And more! To download a copy of the newsletter, click here.
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 […]
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 […]
May 2015 FamilyLife Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Up in space, grounded in faith Cuba: Ministering to marriages 1,000 miles away Nigeria: Stepping Up And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
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 […]
November 2014 Global Newsletter
November 2014 Global newsletter This issue features: Fiji: A Season of Preparation Mexico: A Ripple Effect FamilyLife Staff Conference 2014 STINT: Equipping staff for a lifetime of ministry And more! To download the newsletter, click here.
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 […]
Colombia—Planting seeds of family ministry
Javier Muñoz, a pastor in Colombia, has seen the need for marriage ministry in his country. High divorce rates throughout Latin America have taken their toll on individual families and societies as a whole. Pastor Muñoz wondered what he could do to make a difference in Colombia. He decided to ask Roger and Laura Dye, […]
China—Passport to Purity
A 15-year-old girl in Shanghai had an English teacher give her an English copy of Passport to Purity ®, FamilyLife’s resource for teaching adolescents about love, sex, and relationships. She took it home to show to her mother. Her mother, who had only been a Christian for about three months, could not read or speak […]
Belarus—Seeing God move
Back in February 2011 we had a Weekend to Remember getaway in the town of Pinsk in southwestern Belarus. Thirty-six couples attended, including Valentina and her husband. They were both surprised and blessed that we talked about problem solving, God’s plan for marriage, romance, and sex. They repented of their sins and trusted Christ during […]
May 2014 Global newsletter
May 2014 Global newsletter This issue features: Mexico: From a mess to a miracle United Kingdom: Our story Romania: Parenting seminars in public schools Croatia: Small group testimonies And more! To download the newsletter, click here.
UK: Our Story—Mark and Christine Daniels
“…I will live to tell what the LORD has done” (Psalm 118:17). MARK: When I first met Christine I thought she was gorgeous…big brown eyes and great fun! I tried to impress her with my jokes and when that didn’t work I invited her out for dinner. CHRISTINE: When I first met Mark I thought […]
Romania—Parenting seminars in public schoo...
FamilyLife Romania has begun a unique ministry in Bucharest and nearby areas. The FamilyLife staff was recently invited by counselors at local public schools to help conduct parenting seminars for the parents of their students. FamilyLife is using this invitation as an opportunity to use biblical principles as they speak to many parents on how […]
New Resource: The Art of Marriage® Connect...
Relationships often fade over time as people drift apart—but only if the relationship is left unattended. We have a choice in the matter; our marriages don’t have to grow dull. Perhaps we just need to give them some attention. That’s the purpose behind this series(formerly called HomeBuilders Couples Series®) —to provide a way to give […]
Mexico–From a Mess to a Miracle
The Testimony of Manuel and Nellie Sanguino In 1996 Manuel and Nellie Sanguino had a mess on their hands—a marriage mess. Their relationship was dysfunctional and they had lost hope. Divorce was the only route they could see ahead. One of the main problems was their priorities. Manuel was in sales and traveled extensively. Nellie […]
Croatia—Small group testimonies
Davor and Sanda Kukec, FamilyLife leaders in Croatia, prayed that God would raise up ten more HomeBuilders® groups throughout Croatia in addition to the ten that were already ongoing. But God didn’t just add ten more groups—He raised up leaders and group members to create 20 more groups throughout Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia! Feedback […]
February 2014 Global newsletter
This issue of the Global newsletter features: Chad: A light in the dark FamilyLife and Trans World Radio Asia: Marriage events for singles New Zealand: A florist comes to Christ Kazakhstan: Help from HomeBuilders And more! To view the newsletter, click here.
New Zealand—A florist comes to Christ
We recently held a conference in Invercargill, a small city in the South Island. We had a good-sized audience for such a small place (74 people). As usual we wanted to give each couple a rose when they arrived—one of the extra small touches we offer—but when the roses were delivered, they didn’t come with water […]
Kazakhstan—Help from HomeBuilders
Dias and Ayana were going through a difficult time. Dias had lost his job, and they had just had a baby boy. Dias soon found work, but due to their busy schedule, they were unable to continue attending church. As a result, they were spiritually hungry and depressed. They began attending our Resolving Conflict HomeBuilders […]
FamilyLife and Trans World Radio—reaching...
Trans World Radio (TWR) has put together an amazing web platform (TWR360), and FamilyLife is excited to be a part of it. TWR360 is the world’s premiere online tool for accessing Christian media in the user’s heart language, providing them with audio, transcripts, Bible study tools, and more. TWR360 connects people to the greatest Christian voices […]
Chad–A light in the dark
We drove for blocks. It was dusk. On every city block, groups of Muslims gathered together on the sidewalk for their evening prayers. All were facing in the same direction, bowing down, prostrating themselves on their prayer rugs, and reciting their ancient prayers. At the same time, the sound of the Muslim call to prayer […]
Asia–marriage events for singles
Young believers in certain parts of Asia can have a tough time finding other singles who share their faith. Although many of these believers desire marriage and family, churches are often small (many of them meet in houses) and limited in opportunities for Christians to meet and date other Christians. Thomas, a Korean FamilyLife missionary, […]
November 2013 Global newsletter
This issue of the Global newsletter features: UK–the adventures of FamilyLife’s LEJOG team Honduras–strengthening marriages, equipping couples Haiti–hope in a place of trauma New Zealand–unsung heroes To download the newsletter, click here.
UK—the adventures of FamilyLife’s LEJOG...
Thirteen cyclists set off from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland’s northeast corner (a route known as LEJOG) on July 14th with the goal of cycling more than 1000 miles over two weeks and raising at least £30,000 for the UK FamilyLife ministry. The team endured physical, mental, and emotional challenges while […]
New Zealand—Unsung Heroes Award
Andy and Nikki Bray, FamilyLife directors in New Zealand, were recently honored with a special award from the New Zealand Christian Network. The Unsung Heroes Award “is to honor the good work of individuals and groups which has gone largely unrecognized, to encourage others, and to give glory to God who inspired and empowered them.” […]
Honduras—strengthening marriages, equippin...
We had a great turnout of 50 military couples for the recent Art of Marriage® event in Honduras. During the first session the couples were reminded that God is involved in every marriage. One vignette in the video presents a football illustration with a wide receiver demonstrating the skill and focus needed to catch a […]
Haiti–Hope in a place of trauma
The 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 brought the world’s attention to this small Caribbean nation. Yet Haitians have been suffering nearly unimaginable hardships for the last couple hundred years. Violence, poverty, natural disasters, and a lack of clean water and proper nutrition cast a dark shadow of this beautiful land and have prompted […]
August 2013 Global newsletter
This issue of the Global newsletter features: Romania–getting to know the gypsies Belarus–divine intervention Chile–reversing the tsunami New Zealand–kiwis in crisis To download the newsletter, click here.
We all remember Christ’s parable about one repenting soul that makes the whole of Heaven exult with joy, and it was our joy and privilege to see that with our own eyes—in a married couple’s life! We did a Marriage Seminar for couples titled “Plus out of a Minus” meaning that God can turn a […]
The Art of Marriage® Danube River Cruise
Come see a part of the world you never thought you’d see, with a fascinating history and amazing beauty. Or perhaps it’s an old favorite. Either way, you will have fun as we sail up the Danube over the course of 8 days and 7 nights. We sail from Bucharest to Budapest, through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia […]
Chile–Reversing the tsunami
Chile is a leader in South America: It has one of the strongest economies on the continent, the highest technology penetration, the leading literacy rate, one of the highest numbers of universities per capita, and the list goes on and on. But Chile is also leading in other areas. According to an April 2012 national […]
New Zealand–Kiwis in crisis
If you’ve ever visited the bustling Bay of Plenty town of Te Puke in New Zealand, you know there’s no mistaking their main industry: kiwifruit. They’re everywhere—on road safety signs, on the “Welcome to Te Puke” greeting, and marking the entrance to the attraction Kiwi 360. The small furry brown fruit is a mascot […]
Romania–getting to know the gypsies
My husband, Ionel, passed away a little over a year ago. I recently spent some time in Craiova, the city where I met him. God gave me an extraordinary chance to minister there within the Gypsy culture. While there, I attended a Gypsy church where Ionel had preached two years ago on Easter. His heart […]
May 2013 Global newsletter
This issue of the Global newsletter features: FamilyLife Philippines The Launch of FamilyLife in Chad FamilyLife and the Armed Forces Network FamilyLife New Zealand And more! To download the newsletter, click here.
Philippines: God’s blessing on an isla...
The Philippines, a 7,100-islands republic, is inhabited by over 97 million people. Her people are multi-racial (Malay, Chinese, Spanish, and more) and multi-lingual (speaking several dialects of eight major languages, plus 171 additional dialects). These factors make the Philippines a very challenging country in which to conduct ministry, but Teody and Evelyn Pajaron don’t shy […]
New Zealand–Not too old to learn
We’ve just returned from another absolutely awe inspiringly special Weekend to Remember®, and these words were from a delightful 77-year-old lady we met and had several conversations with over the weekend. As we said goodbye at the end of the conference, she could hardly contain herself as she blurted out, “I feel like I did […]
FamilyLife and the Armed Forces Network
FamilyLife is excited to announce that we’ve entered into a partnership with the Armed Forces Network (AFN), the worldwide broadcast service for military men and women stationed around the world. AFN has 175 radio outlets overseas and is also available on over 200 military ships. FamilyLife Today®, our 30-minute daily program, recently received authorization to […]
Kathy and I believe the Lord began prompting us a couple of years ago to focus our efforts on building a model FamilyLife ministry in two or three countries of Francophone (French-speaking) Africa. Through prayer and counsel, we became convinced that the predominantly Muslim country of Chad was one of the countries God was leading […]
February 2013 Global newsletter
This issue features: Spanish Art of Marriage Italy–Using FamilyLife for evangelism South Africa–Social Media to the rescue And more! Click here to download the February 2013 Global newsletter
South Africa—social media to the rescue
A FamilyLife partner who is part of a group on Facebook found out that another member of the group was considering divorce. She immediately took action by inviting the distressed couple to The Art of Marriage® conference at Moolmanshoek. To make it more difficult for them to refuse, she even sponsored them. (These two Facebook […]
Healthy families, healthy church
When Rigo and Mercedes Garza began attending the Cielo Vista church ten years ago, Rigo secretly hoped he could simply attend church, listen to the sermon, worship God, and tithe without having to get too involved in additional activities or leadership. He’d been serving bi-vocationally in ministry for many years and was ready for a […]
Italy—using FamilyLife for evangelism
Paolo and Susy are a couple who participated in our conference this past spring. Paolo and Susy were married more than 30 years ago, and during the very first talk of our conference, we noticed that they had some serious problems. In fact, they didn’t even sit close to one another, and we later found […]
November 2012 Global Newsletter
This newsletter features: Ecuador: A Marriage Miracle The Art of Marriage Around the World Tallinn, Estonia: Washing Hearts Click here to download
Western Europe—Washing hearts
(Editor’s Note: FamilyLife recently set up a tent in Tallinn, Estonia, as part of Campus Crusade’s week-long outreach to the people of Estonia. Hundreds of families were touched by this powerful exhibit.) A mother and daughter visiting the FamilyLife tent in Tallinn were really excited about what they saw. The young girl was particularly taken […]
Taking Art of Marriage® around the world
At a time in life when most people are contemplating slowing down and taking it easy, Roland and Cindy Weber are doing anything but. Not yet retired from two successful, busy careers, the Webers are eagerly saying to God “Here I am, Lord. Send me!” Actively involved in their church throughout their 42 years of […]
Ecuador–A marriage miracle
Eduardo and Diana Rivadeneira were on the brink of divorce following years of drugs, alcohol, infidelity, and abuse. This is their testimony, in their own words, of how God redeemed them and has used their story to help others. Diana: I grew up without my father’s presence as a whole. He traveled a lot and […]
August 2012 Global Newsletter
In this quarter’s FamilyLife Global newsletter: Introducing FamilyLife’s Global Outreach department Slovenia–a conference for childless couples Poland–Transformed by God’s love New Zealand–FamilyLife at the movies Download the August 2012 Global Newsletter (PDF)
Introducing FamilyLife’s Global Outreach D...
Dear Partners and Friends of FamilyLife, Change is a normal part of life. Global Outreach has experienced a lot of change recently. For that reason, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to all of the members of our team and explain how each is serving you and our other partners around the […]
Poland–transformed by God’s love
During our conference in Bielsko Biaa, a handsome, well-dressed man came up to us with a smile on his face. “I wanted to greet you and thank you,” he said. We looked at him with surprise as we tried unsuccessfully to remember who he was. “I came to a conference for parents a few years […]
New Zealand–FamilyLife at the movies
We recently returned home from speaking in a movie theater in Christchurch. Popcorn not included. Last year we were approached by a local pastor in Canterbury who asked if we’d be able to come down and run “A Day Together” marriage seminar. He had secured some funding and wanted to encourage local families who had […]
Slovenia–a conference for childless co...
“I hope someday,” our parents said, “that you have children just like you!” This mild form of parental revenge gave them a small measure of satisfaction in their frustration at our behavior. Someday, they assumed, justice would be done. Had we thought about it, we might have agreed: “I hope that my children are like […]
May 2012 Newsletter
In this quarter’s FamilyLife Global Newsletter: A Rescued Marriage, Canada – Page 2 2012 Events Calendar – Page 3 Marriage into a Masterpiece – New Art of Marriage® Small Group Kit – Page 4 Radio heals and inspires, Australia – Page 5 Authentic Manhood, South Africa – Page 5 Art of Marriage®, Latin America—”We watched […]
South Africa–authentic manhood
A couple came to see us for counseling after the wife had attempted to take her life. They attended a FamilyLife conference which, according to them, put them on a new path in their marriage. The husband, however, had a lot of baggage. We challenged him to attend The Quest for Authentic Manhood course being […]
Canada–how God rescued our marriage
Sherman and I had been married barely a year, and already I felt lost and alone. I missed the wonderful, deep conversations we had had during the nine months we dated before our wedding day. I longed for the closeness we had once enjoyed and struggled with the feeling that we had grown apart. As […]
Australia–FamilyLife radio heals and i...
FamilyLife Australia is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ focused on reaching families with the gospel. Recently a radio listener in rural Western Australia called the office to say she heard a “Marriage and FamilyLife” interview with Lyn Denton on sexual abuse. She said she knew two Christian teenagers—ages 14 and 16—who had suffered […]
Latin America–Art of Marriage
“We watched people laugh and cry, and at the end I felt as if I was standing on holy ground—it was obvious how God had worked in the lives of those who attended.” This is a message Dan and Lisa Van Zoest sent to FamilyLife after hosting an Art of Marriage® event in Nicaragua. The Spanish […]
China—FamilyLife materials receive governm...
FamilyLife is excited to announce that the Mandarin Chinese version of our Weekend to Remember video conference and manual has been officially approved by the Chinese government! This is a big deal in China where the government owns all publishing houses and can withhold an ISBN number if they don’t approve of the material. When […]
Uganda—A HomeBuilders Testimony
David and Naomi married in 1993 and were blessed with five children. Over the years, their marriage became more and more of a challenge. They had attended premarital counseling, but it had only consisted of a one-hour session with a counselor—not enough to help with the major issues they were facing. In October 2006, while […]
Liberia—Cry of the children
By Amos Harris “Children are to be seen, not heard.” Although this adage is popular with some, we know it’s not reality. Well into the communication age, our children are more vocal with their parents—some healthily, while others take this liberty to talk to their parents with no thought to how their words will be […]
UK—An atheist surprised by a Day Together
By Christine Daniels When I invited Richard and Bim to our Day Together couples’ seminar her first reaction was, “Have the neighbors been talking? I expect they hear us shouting!” Richard, an atheist, didn’t seem at all interested, noting it as “a Christian thing.” I almost gave up, but I’m so glad I didn’t because […]
FamilyLife Mentor Guide—a tool for marriag...
We are pleased to introduce the FamilyLife Mentor Guide—a robust collection of biblical truths and practical wisdom around the most common marriage and family issues. We’re excited to finally be able to share this incredible, online tool with churches and individuals for ministry around the world. What began as an internal tool for handling incoming emails sent […]
Franco and Luisa Bosio are using FamilyLife conferences and materials throughout Italy in creative ways, and they’re seeing good results. Last year, they helped organize conferences in six cities including Biella, Fiuggi, and Milan and conducted a summer camp for families. They are hoping to make these events more and more evangelistic to draw unbelievers […]
Switzerland–testimony from a conferenc...
Dear FamilyLife team, Since we attended the Weekend to Remember in April 2008 in Bregenz, Switzerland, our investment in that weekend has had a lasting positive impact on our relationship in several areas. We want to deeply express our thanks to you because of your fresh contribution to our marriage. Your personal openness was crucial. […]
“I will buy my wife more chocolates on Mondays!” “I will be more gentle and forgiving.” “I’m encouraged to work on the weak areas of our marriage because I really want us to grow old together and still have fun.” “I am encouraged to reorder my priorities, to make my marriage, as opposed to church, […]
The Switzerland FamilyLife ministry began in December 2004 at the EXPLO conference in Basel. The emphasis was on equipping married couples and laying a foundation for pre-marrieds. They recruited couples to be coaches for pre-married couples. The FamilyLife staff has grown to three full-time people and four Swiss Campus staff couples as conference speakers. They […]
Germany–The science and art of parenti...
The all-African FamilyLife seminar was small in attendance but grand in what the Lord did. One man prayed to receive Christ by faith. All the couples in attendance prayed to seek the power of the Holy Spirit in their marriages. One key African pastor represented the largest African congregation in Berlin. He is praying that […]
Australia–Love that Lasts (a marriage...
The divorce rate in Australia has steadied—that’s good news. However, 75% of Australians under the age of 35 have never been married, over 900,000 couples are cohabiting rather than marrying, and almost one third of our nation’s children are being born to unmarried couples. Those facts are concerning enough, but consider this: 60% of Australians […]
New Zealand–a weekend, a dog, and a ma...
A couple attended the Weekend to Remember in Rotorua, New Zealand, in July who attracted a lot of interest because of the beautiful, friendly Labrador they brought with them. They stationed themselves at the very back of the auditorium—my guess, to “be out of the way.” Everyone, including our team, wanted to pat the luxurious […]
New Zealand–meet the Hoopers
Although the first couple of years of marriage were at times a little turbulent, Steve and Leanne Hooper settled into a comfortable relationship that they felt was pretty good. They had been married for two years when they attended a Weekend to Remember® in Auckland, New Zealand. Although they had a good marriage, the conference […]
Fiji–reaching singles through Before Y...
A recent singles conference in Fiji was a huge success! 28 students Prayed to receive Christ 21 Rededicated their lives to Christ and prayed to receive the Holy Spirit 50 made commitments to purity Comments from youth conferees: “I need to think first before opening my heart to someone; to pray for my life and […]
Ukraine–reaching out through HomeBuild...
Editor’s note: Scott Stemple, leader of FamilyLife in Ukraine, collected this testimony from Andrei and Natasha Davidenko, HomeBuilders leaders in Ukraine We were married in May of 2004, and we had many conflicts from the very start of our marriage. We just couldn’t seem to understand one another. Natasha always wanted to solve our conflicts […]
Poland–from failure to victory
It is so wonderful to experience God at work. Sometimes we might feel like we’re failing in our ministry, but He can turn our efforts into a victory and be glorified in the situation. That’s exactly what happened during a recent marriage conference in Poland. A man in Mielec had taken part in our conference […]
Romania–murder, jail, and forgiveness
During his days as a heavy drinker, George got into a fight in a bar and killed a man. He was sentenced to ten years behind bars. Meanwhile, his wife not only raised their children but also found new life in Jesus. George heard of it while in prison and decided that when he got […]
I know, I know, we are always doing something strange. But the truth is that it is not as strange as it is new and just plain different, but the best part is… people like it! We invited people to join us for a night of romantic music, practical marriage tips, and romantic atmosphere. People […]
Croatia–God in a “box”
Marija and Ivan introduced themselves to us at our marriage conference last year—our mutual friends, Petra and Hrvoje, had told us to be on the lookout for this newly-married couple who had been involved in the Campus Crusade student movement in Rijeka. As we talked with Marija and Ivan, we were really impressed by his […]
Lev and Maria Grinfeld, FamilyLife leaders in Russia, were invited to teach family courses to the Eurasian College in Kazan. This school provides professional training of evangelical church planters in Central Asia, Tatarstan, and other predominantly Muslim regions of Russia. Kazan is called the third capital of Russia and the gate to the Muslim world. […]
Bulgaria–a support-raising story
Toncho Tonchev was praying. He asked God to show him people who would have a heart to financially partner with the FamilyLife ministry that he and his wife, Annie, started in Bulgaria. He felt that if God brought some names to his mind, he needed to be faithful to call and meet them. To his […]
From 1992-1995 there was an inter-ethnic civil war between the Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats. Formerly the Serbs and Croats lived together peacefully in this country. Then neighbor turned against neighbor as the war began. Serbians occupied the towns and were in control. Martina had to run for her life during the war, leaving her house […]
Ukraine FamilyLife calls their ministry Ukraine for Christ. In 2009, they held 14 events for couples and saw over 350 people involved in the HomeBuilders Couples Series small group studies. They held ten trainings for leaders to assist in building a spiritual movement in their country. Ukraine is one of our more mature movements and […]
“Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.”–Acts 6:3 Avni and Maklen Menalla, FamilyLife directors of Albania, had an objective to start a network of volunteer leaders with FamilyLife so that a movement would spread in […]
Poland–a family redeemed
This story begins in 2007 when the FamilyLife leaders in Poland, Wiesiek and Magda Grabowski, organized a marriage conference in their town. They invited a couple who were in serious crisis. Unfortunately, only the husband, Alfred, attended. They talked with him during the lunch break, and he told them about his difficult marriage and how […]
Croatia–dancing as a ministry
Davor and Sandra Kukec in Croatia are trying to be creative in a country where people like to dance. They decided to ask one of the couples in their discipleship group to lead dancing lessons. First, couples come for a marriage Bible study, and then they have dance lessons. Davor said, “It is a […]
Albania–FamilyLife through the years
Population 3.5 million; 850 thousand families Albania has gone through a long transition from Communism, which ended in 1991. What has suffered most has been the family. The Albanian family is going through a very hard time because of the unstable economy. Parents are under constant stress and time pressures to eke out a living. […]
Reaching Russia–from the Netherlands
When Jan and Nel Kits began ministering in Russia in the early 1990s, they faced challenges that could be expected within a country that had been under communism for 70 years. “We were ministering in cities where large evangelistic efforts were taking place,” says Jan. “We were there to train people and churches to follow […]
Russia–the HomeBuilders effect
During a men’s prayer meeting, the men were asked to pray about usual things such as the ministry, families, and for their health. But there was one prayer request that sounded very different from the others. The man asked to pray about himself. He said, “I was in the ministry for quite a long time, […]
Romania–the entrance ticket
Two hundred families came together at the Baptist church in Braila, in southern Romania, for a FamilyLife conference. The entrance ticket for every person was his or her spouse. All of them were attending this kind of conference for the first time. They came from the villages and towns around Braila with a strong desire […]
Bulgaria–learning how love can grow
Rousse, Bulgaria was the location of a marriage conference. The FamilyLife team had been praying that the attendees would be mostly couples. They saw that prayer answer when 50 people attended. Many were believers who were able to strengthen the foundations of their marriage. They also had some non-believers who heard the gospel for the […]
Mexico–seven weeks of marriage transfo...
Omar and Miriam’s marriage was in trouble after years of poor communication, unfaithfulness, and disagreements on how to parent their two young boys. Omar would often leave home without telling Miriam where he was going or when he would return. Miriam felt lonely and neglected. When Omar and Miriam first began attending John and Shirley […]
Vida en Familia Hoy
In January 2011, I had the chance to be part of a “fact-finding” trip to Quito, Ecuador. Why Quito? Quito is headquarters for HCJB Global’s Spanish ministry, and HCJB takes care of the re-creation, production, and distribution of Vida en Familia Hoy—the Spanish version of FamilyLife Today. Tears streamed down my face for two hours […]
Guatemala–the Kekchi people
Traveling in a 4×4 truck to get up into the mountains in a remote area of northern Guatemala, it felt more like we were on our way to an extreme wilderness expedition than a FamilyLife marriage seminar. We were on our way to lead a seminar for the Kekchipeople, descendants of the Mayan civilization. The […]
A while ago, I had told my wife, Moni, we needed some money for the children. My comment was that it would be good for us to pray that God will provide. God has given us the privilege of having a ministry with couples. We see the ministry increasing and enjoy seeing the significant changes […]
Ecuador–HomeBuilders in Guayaquil and...
The Galapagos Islands are on the “hot list” for people looking for an eco-tourism experience. The islands are geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle in 1835. But soon, something else will be happening on the Galapagos Islands. Something […]
Trinidad and Tobago
FamilyLife in Trinidad and Tobago was launched several years ago through the leadership of Steve and Cecile Mohammed and the influence of a key business couple, Subesh and Debbie Ramjattan. Each year the Trinidad team conducts a national Weekend to Remember conference. After their annual Weekend to Remember conference, FamilyLife Global staff conducted a Movement […]
Latin America–Spanish radio programs
Eighty radio outlets throughout 17 countries are broadcasting Vida en Familia Hoy, FamilyLife’s Spanish radio broadcast. For the first time, these audiences are hearing the message of God’s blueprints for marriage in Spanish. This is the first time FamilyLife Today is broadcasted in a different language. These are exciting days! FamilyLife has partnered with HCJB […]
Guatemala–HomeBuilders for deaf couple...
Esdras and Rosita Perez, FamilyLife staff, have a new HomeBuilders group they are leading for deaf couples. The couples cannot hear or talk, but with the help of an interpreter, they are being helped with their problems. Praise God for this unique outreach!
Ecuador–a new way of life
“Despite having 17 years of marriage, we had not understood the importance of the rescue of the family. We appreciate very much the training we received to guide other military families in our beloved Ecuador.” A pilot project for the strengthening of 120 families in the San Eduardo Base began with marriage seminar workshops planned […]
Chile–a great success
The first FamilyLife Conference for Chile took place in Santiago. Thirty-one couples from two churches and the community of Lonquen participated in “A Day to Remember”. During that weekend these couples were treated to talks on The Five Threats to Marital Unity, The Roles of the Husband and Wife in Marriage, Sexual Intimacy in Marriage, […]
Mexico–how God used a healed marriage
Antonio and Dolores faced significant real-life adjustments when they first were married in Cancun, Mexico. They were both in a routine of independent living for several years prior to marrying. Their independence led to significant problems in communication. The problems were so severe that Dolores concluded that divorce was the only solution. They began meeting […]
El Salvador–movement making in Latin A...
“Only as small-group spiritual movements multiply abundantly is the Great Commission likely to be fulfilled.” -Steve Douglas, CCCI Latin America is experiencing the tremors of spiritual movements in many ways. One of our international representatives flew to Latin America to work with Leonel Motta, FamilyLife director of Latin America, in several diverse ministry activities. Movement […]
Canada–your marriage toolbox
A successful marriage and a godly family can’t be built in just one weekend—both must be worked at 365 days a year. That’s why www.familylifecanada.com exists. Visitors can get the help they need without ever leaving the comfort of their own homes. Some of the family-building tools available through the website include: Marriage and parenting […]
Lebanon–testimony of a changed life
Editor’s note: FamilyLife appointed Paul to translate several books into Arabic. He recently shared with us how translating the materials made a big difference in his own life and marriage. When FamilyLife gave me the option to choose one HomeBuilders book to translate into Arabic, I immediately chose Resolving Conflict in your Marriage for one […]
Taiwan–14 years of waiting
Seven years ago, the FamilyLife leaders of Taiwan (James and May Lee) met a woman named Elita who was seeking marriage advice. Her husband had abandoned her seven years previously for another woman and had sought a divorce from her several times. Elita never wavered in her commitment to him and instead prayed, waited, and […]
“Some men showed courage throughout their lives; others sailed with the wind until the decisive moment when their conscience and events propelled them into the center of the storm,” wrote John F. Kennedy in his Pulitzer-prize winning book, Profiles in Courage. It takes courage to take decisive and extraordinary actions. It takes courage to engage […]
(A testimony from the FamilyLife Malaysia leaders): A couple was introduced to attend the I Still Do seminar. This couple had been quarreling; they had already separated and were moving towards divorce. After the seminar, they agreed to meet with us for counseling. By God’s grace, during the counseling process, they repented and agreed to […]
Mongolia–three testimonies on FamilyLi...
1. “Before we got married, my wife and I completed the “Preparing for Marriage” course. At first, we did not know how to effectively prepare for marriage. We did not even know what to discuss. We were not sure what we knew and what we did not know either. This course helped us a lot […]
God continues to open doors for FamilyLife in Hong Kong to spread the good news through building a family God’s way. They have launched the FamilyLife Parenting Seminar in addition to their HomeBuilders Couples Series studies and marriage seminars. They also have begun using Passport 2 Purity to help parents and preteens. Iron and Jennie […]
Asia–a HomeBuilders testimony
My husband is not yet a Christian; I wanted so much to invite him to join the HomeBuilders Sunday School class with me. One day, I finally found my courage from the Lord and asked him if he is willing to join the class as a gift for me to celebrate our 13th anniversary. We […]
Melaka, Malaysia–a double harvest
Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. John 4:35 Before a conference, staff members are reminded they face a spiritual battle for the souls and marriages they hope to harvest. This FamilyLife conference was no exception. The mother of the hosting church’s pastor fell ill two weeks […]
“We were at the edge of divorce and now have steps to continue our marriage.” —Kazakh Seminar Attendee The Kazakhs are an Asiatic or Mongol people who look a lot like American Eskimos. Northwestern China is on their eastern border. Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union in Central Asia until its breakup in 1992. […]
FamilyLife and the Armed Forces of Liberia
Every country strives for the establishment of its own army. We all know why. Among many reasons, such an establishment is a mark of sovereignty of the nation.Since Liberia’s 14-year civil crisis, our National Army—amongst other para-military groups—is being reestablished, reorganized, and retrained. Second Lieutenant Dessaline Felix Allison is among the first recruits of the […]
October 2010 marked the second anniversary of FamilyLife’s partnership with Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini and the Anglican Church of Rwanda. The partnership has provided a taste of FamilyLife to churches in five of Rwanda’s Anglican dioceses and begun initial training to develop HomeBuilders groups in several churches. Through scaled-down versions of the Weekend to Remember getaways, […]
Cote d’Ivoire–testimony of a tra...
We are Nanguin and Mariam. We were Muslim. After living together for ten years, we got married in 1998. God blessed us with five sons. We love each other so much and we love our children; however, our wedded life was filled with suffering and difficulties. We could never have a day together without quarreling, […]
When they came to the FamilyLife conference, Japheth and Emiliana had been married for 13 years. They had some communication and conflict problems. FamilyLife Tanzania had a day for marriage covenant renewal where each couple had a chance to renew their marriage vows “…for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.” But Emiliana […]
After attending a Weekend to Remember, conferees gave some great feedback: “The Lord helped us to restore our relationship. We had more difficulties and conflicts to resolve. Always, our kids were observing us when we discussed the conference. Praise the Lord for this ministry. We would like to serve this FamilyLife ministry.” – Christian and […]