“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
China—A conference by Chinese, for Chinese
It started at a high school reunion where James, one of our FamilyLife Chinese speakers, reconnected with his friend after 30 years. They found out that they were both Christians, his friend from a Christian heritage and James as an adult. James mentioned to his friend that he and his wife, Joanne, were speakers for […]
China—Passport to Purity
A 15-year-old girl in Shanghai had an English teacher give her an English copy of Passport to Purity ®, FamilyLife’s resource for teaching adolescents about love, sex, and relationships. She took it home to show to her mother. Her mother, who had only been a Christian for about three months, could not read or speak […]
Kazakhstan—Help from HomeBuilders
Dias and Ayana were going through a difficult time. Dias had lost his job, and they had just had a baby boy. Dias soon found work, but due to their busy schedule, they were unable to continue attending church. As a result, they were spiritually hungry and depressed. They began attending our Resolving Conflict HomeBuilders […]
Asia–marriage events for singles
Young believers in certain parts of Asia can have a tough time finding other singles who share their faith. Although many of these believers desire marriage and family, churches are often small (many of them meet in houses) and limited in opportunities for Christians to meet and date other Christians. Thomas, a Korean FamilyLife missionary, […]
Philippines: God’s blessing on an isla...
The Philippines, a 7,100-islands republic, is inhabited by over 97 million people. Her people are multi-racial (Malay, Chinese, Spanish, and more) and multi-lingual (speaking several dialects of eight major languages, plus 171 additional dialects). These factors make the Philippines a very challenging country in which to conduct ministry, but Teody and Evelyn Pajaron don’t shy […]
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 […]
Lebanon–testimony of a changed life
Editor’s note: FamilyLife appointed Paul to translate several books into Arabic. He recently shared with us how translating the materials made a big difference in his own life and marriage. When FamilyLife gave me the option to choose one HomeBuilders book to translate into Arabic, I immediately chose Resolving Conflict in your Marriage for one […]
Taiwan–14 years of waiting
Seven years ago, the FamilyLife leaders of Taiwan (James and May Lee) met a woman named Elita who was seeking marriage advice. Her husband had abandoned her seven years previously for another woman and had sought a divorce from her several times. Elita never wavered in her commitment to him and instead prayed, waited, and […]
“Some men showed courage throughout their lives; others sailed with the wind until the decisive moment when their conscience and events propelled them into the center of the storm,” wrote John F. Kennedy in his Pulitzer-prize winning book, Profiles in Courage. It takes courage to take decisive and extraordinary actions. It takes courage to engage […]
(A testimony from the FamilyLife Malaysia leaders): A couple was introduced to attend the I Still Do seminar. This couple had been quarreling; they had already separated and were moving towards divorce. After the seminar, they agreed to meet with us for counseling. By God’s grace, during the counseling process, they repented and agreed to […]
Mongolia–three testimonies on FamilyLi...
1. “Before we got married, my wife and I completed the “Preparing for Marriage” course. At first, we did not know how to effectively prepare for marriage. We did not even know what to discuss. We were not sure what we knew and what we did not know either. This course helped us a lot […]
God continues to open doors for FamilyLife in Hong Kong to spread the good news through building a family God’s way. They have launched the FamilyLife Parenting Seminar in addition to their HomeBuilders Couples Series studies and marriage seminars. They also have begun using Passport 2 Purity to help parents and preteens. Iron and Jennie […]
Asia–a HomeBuilders testimony
My husband is not yet a Christian; I wanted so much to invite him to join the HomeBuilders Sunday School class with me. One day, I finally found my courage from the Lord and asked him if he is willing to join the class as a gift for me to celebrate our 13th anniversary. We […]
Melaka, Malaysia–a double harvest
Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. John 4:35 Before a conference, staff members are reminded they face a spiritual battle for the souls and marriages they hope to harvest. This FamilyLife conference was no exception. The mother of the hosting church’s pastor fell ill two weeks […]
“We were at the edge of divorce and now have steps to continue our marriage.” —Kazakh Seminar Attendee The Kazakhs are an Asiatic or Mongol people who look a lot like American Eskimos. Northwestern China is on their eastern border. Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union in Central Asia until its breakup in 1992. […]