Hopefully, you were able to read last month’s “Ministry Update,” which outlined the amazing success of our International Marriage Conference (IMC) and Devoted Youth Conference. One pastor said, “I pastor a small church and we took 26 people to conference (8 couples, 6 singles & 4 youth) and God ministered to ALL their needs.” Here is a couples’ story: “My dad passed away a few days before the conference, but my wife and I have made this time a priority in our year and plan around it. This was a much needed time away from everything to re-connect with my wife and prepare for the things to come. We recommend this conference to every married couple.” Also, we are happy to report that in the last month, parents have been calling the office and thanking us because their teenager accepted and enjoyed the messages at Devoted.
We have already begun planning both conferences. This is the 20th anniversary of IMC. It’s going to be a great year! This year Ron Deal, Director of FamilyLife Blended and President of Smart Stepfamilies, and Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, Founders and Directors of the Center for Relationship Development and New York Times #1 Best-Selling Authors, will be featured speakers. Stay tuned as we will be announcing more! In the meantime, Registration is now open for the advanced earlybird price for IMC 20. This price is $90 per couple! This year we have special anniversary pricing, and the earlier you register the better the deals you get!
This last month, Molly Godzich, the NAME director, and part of the NAME team traveled to Cuenca, Ecuador to do missions work there. This was an incredible opportunity to partner with other marriage leaders and bring marriage and family teaching to this city. There were also several opportunities to minister to teenagers at this event as well. Molly spoke to them about having a right attitude toward family, one of respect and dedication. The majority of the room responded to the message asking for prayer. Please lift up the Cuencan people from this event in continued prayer, that God might use them as a light in their communities.