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Marriage Retreat

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We recently held a marriage retreat in our community.  We had a total of 13 couples attend.  It was an amazing experience.  We spent Saturday and Sunday learning about God’s will for our marriage, ways that we can connect and invest in our marriage, how to deal with strife, and, basically, laughing, singing, and playing.

For lunch on Saturday, we had a picnic.

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For dinner that night, we had a romantic candlelit dinner.

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We played lots of games that required the couples to work together, and learned lots of ways to love on one another in order to put deposits in each other’s love bank.  It was beautiful to watch the couples come together to show that their marriage was important and worth investing the time to make it better.

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Pastor Tomas and Sonia, Pastor Jorge and Arelis, and Mo and I spoke on various topics such as: having Christ centered marriage, the top 5 needs of men and the top 5 needs of women, how to be intentional and make daily connections with your spouse, and how to deal with strife in your marriage. We all learned so much about one another. It was eye opening to see how marriages here have similar challenges as marriages in the US.  IMG_0702

I would also like to give a huge shoutout to Kristi, Jack, and all the jovens for all of their handwork of cooking, babysitting, and serving our couples during the retreat.  We couldn’t have done all of this without them.IMG_0740

 

Often times, we are asked, “How can I help with what you are doing?”

We have an “Ask” now.

All of the couples that attended this retreat have an opportunity to attend a marriage retreat in Punta Cana in October that will be held by missionary friends of ours.  They hold this retreat each year with a different topic to be discussed.  Mo and I were privileged enough to attend last year and were able to share that information in our marriage retreat.  It is a 3 day/2 night retreat held at an all-inclusive resort.

It is a rare opportunity for the couples in our community to be able to get away from the responsibilities of home and work to focus exclusively on one another.  It is a rare opportunity for the couples to be able to stay in an all-inclusive resort as well.  It is a rare opportunity for them to learn from and share with others outside of our community on what they can do to improve their marriages.

The “Ask”

In order for these couples to attend, we need sponsors.  The cost of the retreat is $275.  Each couple must pay $75 and provide their own transportation to and from Punta Cana.  We need individuals, couples, or groups to sponsor a couple for $200.  You will receive a picture of the couple that you are sponsoring so that you can pray for them and their marriage. You will truly be providing a opportunity of a lifetime for these couples.  You will be providing a opportunity for them to focus solely on one another without responsibilities to distract them.  You will be improving our community…one couple at a time!

If you or your small group would be willing to sponsor a couple, please message me at tamaraludlam@gmail.com.  (Please put “Couples Sponsorship” in the subject line.) We need these sponsorship as soon as possible so that we can begin paying deposits.  Deposits are due next week, with the remaining balance to be paid to the resort by October 1st.  The date of the retreat is October 7-9.  Your donation will be tax deductible as well.  Thank you in advance for your partnership!

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