Imagine if every town in American had marriage champions like these. You can make a difference in your community, too.
The Hunts have been married for 43 years and often counsel other couples. They started arranging Marriage Week a few years ago to promote the institution of marriage and its benefits which include, according to the Hunts, better health, a stronger financial picture, greater happiness and more stable children.
The Hunts not only aim to “big-up” marriage; they also want to help married people strengthen their relationships by giving them communication tools and advice.
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Dr. Robert and Stella Wilson have served more than 200 couples in the Atlanta, GA area by working as facilitators with Family Dynamics Institute, which offers both powerful enrichment classes, weekend workshops, and crisis intervention programs.
The Wilsons say "We invest in marriages because marriage is the foundation of church and society. If you get the marriage straight, everything else will follow. We'd been married for 25 years when we became FDI facilitators; we wish we had learned these truths long before. It took our marriage to a totally different level. It solidified the good and brought out the things we were missing."
For info about Family Dynamics Institute classes all around the U.S. go to www.familydynamics.net
The shopping mall booth will direct folks to FREE counseling during National Marriage Week USA, set up at a nearby storefront in the mall. Six local marriage counselors have offered their services free of charge that week, by appointments made through the booth and through Marriage Inc. All year long, Marriage Inc offers pre-marriage prep, marriage classes, and marriage mentoring services. They have 80 couples who are trained to provide marriage mentoring.
And they used National Marriage Week USA to get local news coverage for themselves, citing NMW executive director Sheila Weber's statistics and overarching goals of a national campaign to strengthen marriage. Click here to read the local story.
Visit their website at: http://www.fordhammanor.org/r-e-a-l-ministry
Family Bridges also coordinates workshops, family retreats, couple’s retreats, marriage and family conferences and other family-friendly events throughout the year, both in English and Spanish. Imagine if every city had an effort to bring churches and organizations together to strengthen marriage. You can start the spark that leads to a brushfire in your town!