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 […]
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 […]