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Photo: Couples Filling Out Worksheet in Bible StudyFirst Couples' Meeting

It was 6:45 p.m. on January 19th, and we were at our church here in Loja, Ecuador, working hard to get everything ready for the couples’ meeting that was scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.  A few minutes later, we prayed with Pastor César that God would use the meeting to impact many marriages.  We also prayed that God would draw people to the meeting who needed to know Him as Savior.  This was the first time our four-year-old church had ever organized a meeting for couples, so we were not sure how people would respond.

Slowly but surely, couples began to trickle in.  By 7:30 p.m. we had around 40 people, about the same number of adults that we have for a typical Sunday morning worship service.  After a couple of songs and an ice breaker, we led the first session of the study Love and Respect.  It delighted us to see how the couples both identified with what Dr. Emerson Eggerichs calls the “Crazy Cycle” and expressed their desire to learn how to stop it, in order to start the “Energizing Cycle.”*

Photo: Group Photo of Couples' MeetingAs we were packing up and getting ready to leave, Pastor César told us with excitement, “Everybody was talking about how much they enjoyed the meeting tonight.  And some couples who don’t know the Lord, and for whom we had been praying, came out.  God answered our prayers!”  Please pray that God will help us as a couple to model the Biblical principles we are teaching in this course and that the couples who attended the meeting will begin to put into practice what they learned.  Pray especially for the couples who need to know the Lord.

Button - Visit Our BlogThank you for impacting the lives of couples in Loja through your prayers,

Jeff & Terri

* You can find more information about Love and Respect on their website: http://loveandrespect.com/

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