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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]