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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.