All Articles for Western Europe

Ireland—Changing lives and legacies

by Jayna Richardson “My name is Norm; what’s yours?” Norm Patterson sat down next to a man at the back of the bus in Dublin, Ireland. The man was as big as an NFL linebacker and appeared to be around forty years old. “Mine’s Alan, happy to know you,” he said. “Alan, where are you […]
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UK—Have You Had the Right Training?

The fact that we’re still married after 32 years is a miracle. I used to be in the Army; we were well-trained and prepared for the job. We learned tactics, how to communicate, how to work together, how to map-read, shoot guns, build things, and blow things up. After I left the Army, I went […]
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Italy—Turning Difficulty into Opportunity

After the umpteenth discussion, three months ago Sasha and Floriana had decided to separate due to their problems in understanding and respecting each other. The pain of helplessness in finding a solution led Floriana to ask for help from Antonio and Angela, a couple of FamilyLife volunteers. Sasha and Floriana are a young couple who […]
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UK—Going Digital

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 […]
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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 […]
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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, […]
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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?” […]
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UK: That the deaf may hear

One of the things we continually pray about is ensuring the biblical truths that we share at our events don’t fall on deaf ears. This prayer request was heightened at our recent A Day Together event held at our local church (Gold Hill Baptist) in Chalfont St. Peter.  When our team was asked if we […]
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UK: Our Story—Mark and Christine Daniels

“…I will live to tell what the LORD has done” (Psalm 118:17). MARK: When I first met Christine I thought she was gorgeous…big brown eyes and great fun! I tried to impress her with my jokes and when that didn’t work I invited her out for dinner. CHRISTINE: When I first met Mark I thought […]
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UK—the adventures of FamilyLife’s LEJOG...

Thirteen cyclists set off from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland’s northeast corner (a route known as LEJOG) on July 14th with the goal of cycling more than 1000 miles over two weeks and raising at least £30,000 for the UK FamilyLife ministry. The team endured physical, mental, and emotional challenges while […]
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Italy—using FamilyLife for evangelism

Paolo and Susy are a couple who participated in our conference this past spring. Paolo and Susy were married more than 30 years ago, and during the very first talk of our conference, we noticed that they had some serious problems. In fact, they didn’t even sit close to one another, and we later found […]
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Western Europe—Washing hearts

(Editor’s Note: FamilyLife recently set up a tent in Tallinn, Estonia, as part of Campus Crusade’s week-long outreach to the people of Estonia. Hundreds of families were touched by this powerful exhibit.) A mother and daughter visiting the FamilyLife tent in Tallinn were really excited about what they saw. The young girl was particularly taken […]
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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 […]
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FamilyLife Italy

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 […]
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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. […]
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UK–conferee quotes

“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, […]
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Switzerland

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 […]
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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 […]
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