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Global Summit 2018

Laura calls it "the good United Nations” when some of our global partners come together at FamilyLife headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ninety couples from around the world filled the room with national costumes, hugs, laughter, and prayer. Nothing illustrates the broad reach that God has allowed FamilyLife to enjoy more than this small gathering of global volunteer partners!

This year about half of the room was half filled with partners from Latin America. Roger managed a translation team of volunteers who cheerfully translated and cheered each other through the grueling work of simultaneous translation so that the sessions could understood through headphones.

The Art of Parenting was launched in English a few months ago with a movie called Like Arrows. Roger has spent most of the year overseeing the translation of written materials and dubbing (not just grammatically correct, but culturally and theologically as well) so that this powerful tool will soon be in the hands of not just Americans but also Spanish speakers all over the world! With some popcorn and soda our Latin America partners sat back to watch Como Flechas. The commentary afterward moved us all.
 

  • It gives me hope, even though we as parents feel that we have made mistakes with our children, that those mistakes can be redeemed.
  • It demonstrates very clearly exactly what the manual is for raising children: The Bible.
  • It presents very simply our need for the centrality of Christ.
  • I saw a lot of restoration. I liked to see the restoration with the children, at different ages and stages. The practical things he did to connect with each child, the areas where he had failed were able to be redeemed.
  • We must prepare ourselves, because just showing this movie will cause a tidal wave of work, and we need to be prepared before we show it in our countries. There is a lot of groundwork we need to finish before we show the movie.
  • This is the felt need of our society, to be good parents.
  • If you ask anyone who is a parent: “What is your biggest need, priority, interest, etc. It is almost guaranteed they will say: “raising my children.” And we can tell then: I have the greatest course for parents!”
Suzy says "Hi!" as Roger heads out the door to the airport.

Brazil - AGORA 2018

FamilyLife is a ministry of Cru, which is also all over the world. Since all students come from families, and often get married and have families, Cru would like to enhance the relationship with FamilyLife. A large conference in Brazil called AGORA (NOW) will be translated into English and Spanish. A team of six regional director couples with FamilyLife Latin America will be there to present the ministry and give breakout sessions to offer training and resources to Spanish speakers. Roger is packing his bags and joining them today. The conference had over 1500 registered last month and they expect much more than that!

Roger says that he is afraid it will go well. If it flops, we will still just barely be able to keep up with the need. If it goes well, God will have to step in and show us His amazing resources!

Praise and Prayer

  • Pray for the Agora conference.
  • Pray with thanksgiving for the stretching use of Roger’s skills, gifts and abilities. If he were a washrag, he would be rug out nearly dry.
  • Pray for even more energy and health to serve our God.
  • Pray for our Latin American representatives as they are on the front lines of ministry in Latin America.
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