August 2022 Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Ukraine: Shining a Light in the Darkness of War Egypt: A FamilyLife Launch Sixteen Years in the Making Latin America: The Journey of Spanish Translations And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
Ukraine—Shining a Light in the Darkness of...
by Jayna Richardson February 24, 2022 was a day Ukrainians will never forget. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought fear and uncertainty to much of the world, but especially to those who have been displaced from their homes and their country. As tensions and warfare between Russia and Ukraine drag on, the crisis has led […]
Egypt: A FamilyLife Launch Sixteen Years in...
By Jayna Richardson Sixteen years ago, an American couple, Warren and Ann Abrameit, relocated to the Middle East to serve as medical missionaries. While in Qatar, they used FamilyLife materials (translated into Arabic) to also conduct marriage and family ministry, but the work was difficult and discouraging. When they returned home to the US a […]
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. […]
UK: Bringing hope to Farsi-speaking communit...
by Christine Daniel Kia and Negin, born in Iran and now living in the UK, are passionate about helping people from the Farsi-speaking community. Their story has had its ups and downs, but they’ve seen God’s faithfulness in their lives and ministry. Negin grew up in a Muslim family in Iran. Her father died […]
China—Reaching Thousands through Video
By Suzy Brown Jennifer and Abe, FamilyLife volunteers and trained Weekend to Remember® Mandarin speakers, have felt the void in the past two years with COVID restrictions and strong religious persecution in their country. But what to do? With the number of divorces reaching over 41% in Shanghai alone, and many people feeling the drift […]
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 […]
China: A family transformed
By Mr. Duan, translated by Will Brown We have been married for over sixteen years now, and it is only by God’s grace that we are still together. Before I trusted in the Lord, many times the thought came into my mind, “I want to divorce my wife.” Even though I had these thoughts often, […]
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 […]
By Jayna Richardson After thirty years of listening to couples and working with pastors, FamilyLife Canada recognized a common gap in marriage ministry. Many churches offer both pre-marital counselling and crisis intervention, but little is offered for those in between who could use encouragement, wise input, and practical help. That’s where Marriage Mentoring comes in! […]
Moldova—Faith, Family, and Fun
by Jayna Richardson FamilyLife Moldova’s family camps provide an opportunity for families to spend time together and create fun memories—but playing games isn’t the only goal. The activities also include marriage enrichment for the parents, Bible stories for the kids, and opportunities to hear and respond to the gospel. The FamilyLife team is seeing God […]
New Zealand—A front-row view of transforma...
By Jayna Richardson “My marriage was on the verge of ending. We have hope now.” This is what one couple shared recently following a Weekend to Remember® in Taupo, New Zealand. The couple had been considering divorce and had very little hope for their marriage, but the event changed everything. This is just one of […]
FamilyLife Global: Side by Side
By Jayna Richardson “I really like seeing all the different couples from around the world… it inspires me and reminds me that I am not alone is this mission of reaching families.” FamilyLife partners and volunteers from across the globe were encouraged and equipped during FamilyLife Global’s first ever virtual summit over the summer. The […]
Portugal—Help and Hope for Parents
By Jayna Richardson “The film is amazing and taught me the importance of preparing myself in the Word to direct my children to the path of God.” This is one testimony from a viewer who participated in the national premiere of Like Arrows in Portugal—a movie about the power of family and the hope of […]
Moldova—A Week-Long Family Day
by Jayna Richardson National Family Day in Moldova is an annual holiday to recognize, support, and celebrate Moldovan families. Since 2016 FamilyLife Moldova has used this family-focused day as a time of outreach. This year the FamilyLife team developed fun online events and activities for an entire week to draw families closer together and point […]
by Jayna Richardson When Will and Suzy Brown, Americans living and working with FamilyLife in China, returned to the US to visit ailing parents in 2020, they were prevented from going back to China due to Covid restrictions. They wondered how they would continue ministering to Chinese couples from afar. The following fall, they participated […]
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® […]
May 2021 FamilyLife Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Love Like You Mean It 2021: A Virtual Cruise Belize: Faithfulness in Troubling Times Forty-Five Years of Ministry: One Couple’s Legacy FamilyLife Global Virtual Mini-Summit: Coming Soon! New Resource: Dates to Remember And more! To download this issue of the newsletter, click here.
Forty-Five Years of Ministry: One Couple’s...
Long before FamilyLife began teaching couples how to develop personal, local ministries to impact their own corners of the world, Norm and Sue Patterson were doing exactly that. For forty-five years, they’ve been on a journey of trusting God as He’s led them around the world and opened doors for marriage and family ministry. Their […]
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 […]
Love Like You Mean It®: Virtual Cruise
by Jayna Richardson Although FamilyLife’s Love Like You Mean It® (LLYMI) 2021 cruise was cancelled due to COVID-19, that didn’t stop nearly 1,000 couples from hopping aboard the virtual cruise that took its place. Many couples were at first skeptical of the idea of a virtual cruise. Yet as the weekend progressed, minds were changed […]
February 2021 Global Newsletter
This issue of the FamilyLife Global newsletter features: Art of Marriage: Celebrating Ten Years US Hispanic Ministry: One Couple’s Impact Philippines: Vertical Marriage China: Raising the Next Generations And more! To download the February 2021 Global newsletter, click here.
China—Raising the Next Generations
by Jayna Richardson A Chinese couple attended an Art of Parenting® (AOP) course together—the first parenting course they had ever taken. Like many couples, clashing views on parenting produced significant tension in their marriage. The group leaders challenged this couple to spend time dating and discussing homework questions. The couple went on eight dates while […]
Philippines: Vertical Marriage
by Jayna Richardson FamilyLife Philippines, like most ministries around the world, was forced to adapt to changes brought on by COVID-19. They shifted from face-to-face ministry to online ministry—something they optimistically dubbed “borderless ministry.” This positive outlook has served them well, particularly as they’ve enlisted Filipino couples to try out FamilyLife’s new Vertical Marriage small-group […]
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 […]
Art of Marriage: Celebrating Ten Years
by Jayna Richardson “We love sharing the message of The Art of Marriage®. We have seen hundreds of marriages revived, renewed, and restored through Art of Marriage.” This is just one testimony from one couple. Thousands more around the world have similar stories as they’ve experienced the power of The Art of Marriage (AOM) in […]
New Zealand—Together Again
By Jayna Richardson As coronavirus began to spread throughout the world in spring 2020, FamilyLife live events everywhere were being postponed or cancelled. One question loomed in everyone’s minds: when will we be able to meet in person again? For New Zealand, that time came sooner than it did in most other places. In late […]
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 […]
Kenya—Equipping the Saints
by Jayna Richardson Couples who are involved in ministry together face unique challenges in their marriages. That’s why FamilyLife initially formed in 1976—to help the young staff couples of Campus Crusade for Christ (now called Cru), who were excited to serve the Lord but struggling in their families. Recently, FamilyLife Global staff Greg and Janet […]
FamilyLife Local—Ministry in YOUR Neighbor...
by Jayna Richardson When Jorge and Rose Rosario were thinking through creative ways to reach out to their neighbors, they had no idea God would use them to help save a marriage. They had created colorful print-outs that said “Just poppin’ by to say hello” and passed them out in their neighborhood along with a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]