Saturday, June 3, 2017

God's Original Design

This morning's view out the window here in Banská Štiavnica was so pretty!

But the best part of the day was heading up to the cultural house in town, following these couples who'd just arrived for the marriage conference we were here for!

For over twenty years, our JV team in Slovakia has been putting on incredible conferences to train youth workers in their country.

But this past year they decided to expand and offer some different types of training, such as this marriage conference.

Couples came from all over the country, with over half of them people who had never been to something the team had organized.

With no advertising, just posts on social media and through word of mouth, over 100 gathered for two days of training on how to return to God's original design for marriage: "Back to the Garden" as we call it.

Dave and I spoke for two sessions today, with Dave giving the main content, and me adding my thoughts and insights along the way.

With thirty years of marriage behind us, we've sought to learn how to have a healthy, rich, Christ centered marriages, and loved passing that on to these Slovak couples.

How we pray that these couples will take some of the biblical principals we shared, as well as our practical advice, and with the Lord's help, make changes that will impact their marriages for years to come.

As we continue to pursue living out those biblical principles ourselves, I'm so thankful that I get to do it with this man!

If I'd known about the sweetheart tradition in this town, I might have brought a lock to fasten on at this spot with our initials inscribed on it!

But we've got something a whole lot better: a lifelong commitment to love each other!

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