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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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, […]
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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. […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.  […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Nigeria—Mobilizing Makurdi

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Nigeria—Stepping Up

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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Chad–Launching FamilyLife

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Rwanda update

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, […]
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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, […]
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Tanzania

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 […]
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Madagascar

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 […]
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Malawi

Malawi is a country of 12 million people. It is one of the ten poorest countries in the world! It is small in size but the numbers of AIDS victims are very high. Malawi has over 1 million orphans because of HIV. The Minister of Education said in the last seven years, they have lost […]
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