All Articles for Latin America/Caribbean

Nicaragua—The launch of FamilyLife

By Jayna Richardson Orlando and Merce Madrigal, FamilyLife leaders in Costa Rica, have been assisting the FamilyLife ministry in Nicaragua for the past few years, praying that someday God might raise up Nicaraguan leaders to take charge of the ministry and bring growth and revival to the families of Nicaragua. That prayer was recently answered […]
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Global Radio—Influencing Latin America and...

“FamilyLife is mentoring me. We are a country where there are no mentors; there is almost no one to ask deep questions. I thank God this program is helping me.” This came from a listener of the FamilyLife Today® international English radio program. FamilyLife Today can be heard around the world from TWR360.org (which has […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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. […]
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Mexico: Murder mayhem and marriages

A few years ago Juarez, Mexico, was rated the “murder capitol of the world.” A staggering number of over 10,000 people have been murdered since 2007 with the murder rate hitting an all-time high in 2009. Thievery, drug trafficking, and tensions between rival gangs have made Juarez a difficult and dangerous place to live. The […]
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Mexico: A ripple effect

When Dave and Jennifer Cook agreed host an Art of Marriage® event at their church in Sherwood, Arkansas, they had no idea the ripple effect that one event could have. Lilliana and Mike, a couple who had just relocated to Arkansas from Mexico, showed up at the event in Sherwood and loved it. They spoke […]
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Colombia—Planting seeds of family ministry

Javier Muñoz, a pastor in Colombia, has seen the need for marriage ministry in his country. High divorce rates throughout Latin America have taken their toll on individual families and societies as a whole. Pastor Muñoz wondered what he could do to make a difference in Colombia. He decided to ask Roger and Laura Dye, […]
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Mexico–From a Mess to a Miracle

The Testimony of Manuel and Nellie Sanguino In 1996 Manuel and Nellie Sanguino had a mess on their hands—a marriage mess. Their relationship was dysfunctional and they had lost hope. Divorce was the only route they could see ahead. One of the main problems was their priorities. Manuel was in sales and traveled extensively. Nellie […]
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Honduras—strengthening marriages, equippin...

We had a great turnout of 50 military couples for the recent Art of Marriage® event in Honduras. During the first session the couples were reminded that God is involved in every marriage. One vignette in the video presents a football illustration with a wide receiver demonstrating the skill and focus needed to catch a […]
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Haiti–Hope in a place of trauma

The 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 brought the world’s attention to this small Caribbean nation. Yet Haitians have been suffering nearly unimaginable hardships for the last couple hundred years. Violence, poverty, natural disasters, and a lack of clean water and proper nutrition cast a dark shadow of this beautiful land and have prompted […]
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Chile–Reversing the tsunami

Chile is a leader in South America: It has one of the strongest economies on the continent, the highest technology penetration, the leading literacy rate, one of the highest numbers of universities per capita, and the list goes on and on. But Chile is also leading in other areas. According to an April 2012 national […]
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Healthy families, healthy church

When Rigo and Mercedes Garza began attending the Cielo Vista church ten years ago, Rigo secretly hoped he could simply attend church, listen to the sermon, worship God, and tithe without having to get too involved in additional activities or leadership. He’d been serving bi-vocationally in ministry for many years and was ready for a […]
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Ecuador–A marriage miracle

Eduardo and Diana Rivadeneira were on the brink of divorce following years of drugs, alcohol, infidelity, and abuse. This is their testimony, in their own words, of how God redeemed them and has used their story to help others. Diana: I grew up without my father’s presence as a whole. He traveled a lot and […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Ecuador–God’s provision

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Guatemala–HomeBuilders for deaf couple...

Esdras and Rosita Perez, FamilyLife staff, have a new HomeBuilders group they are leading for deaf couples. The couples cannot hear or talk, but with the help of an interpreter, they are being helped with their problems. Praise God for this unique outreach!
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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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