BUILDING GODLY MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES
Since the civil unrest in Liberia, family values have been taking a downward trend. For instance, we were recently in conversation with a lawyer in one of the civil law courts in Liberia, who expressed an alarming statistic indicating that in 2016, over five hundred ”Christian” marriages were torn apart as result of divorce.
With this in mind, we approached likeminded personalities to work out a possible intervention alongside the church to restore moral dignity within the Liberian families. As a result, from March 27 to April 4, we committed ourselves to helping families build Biblical values that will keep them living together with the abundant life Jesus promised in St. John 10:10. Our driving force was, “every home a Godly home”.
We held, what we call, “Home Builders Fellowship Trainings”, in Monrovia with 77 couples from March 27 to the 31; Gbarnga with 21 couples on April 3rd; and Ganta with 33 couples on April 4th. We also held training for a leadership team of 16 couples, who will help to follow-up & supervise the 77 couples who attended the training in Monrovia to help them start their own Home Builders Fellowships in their communities.
We will subsequently hold Leadership Teams Trainings in Gbarnga and Ganta so that the 54 couples in both Cities can be properly supervised to also start their own Home Builders Fellowships.
Testimonies as a result of the Family Life events:
Two weeks after the training, a pastor who had five couples invited from his denomination excitedly shared on the phone the story of a sister of his and her husband who had enjoyed seven years of marriage, and could boast of real success in their respective careers. The husband has a well-paid job and the wife also runs a viable business from which she saves well every month. He quoted sister saying “since we got married, my husband has never shared his paycheck or disclosed his salary. I also had neither shared with him the income of my business. Both of us had been living in complete isolation with separate bank accounts. But, the good news is that since we returned from the Homebuilders Small Training Group, my husband’s attitude has drastically reversed. For the very first time after seven years of our marriage, my husband did not just disclose his salary but handed me his savings book. I reciprocated by giving him mine. What is more important to share is that my husband is now playing the priestly role, and leads the family to church every Sunday.”
May 2017, four groups have been organized in four communities with twenty one couples discovering God’s principles that will help enrich their marriages.