Once again, our annual Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference impacted more than 80 couples who were gathered at UTT Marine Campus on May 28-29, 2016. As couples at various stages in their relationship streamed in, it was evident that some were struggling, the pain prominently displayed on their faces and the tension in their interactions obvious. 20 couples who attended previously, returned for the 2nd (Alumni) level entitled “Understanding One Another”. Here couples go through the DISC personality profile helping them to gain a deeper understanding of each other and in so doing improve communication in their relationship.
By the end of the 1st day, however, transformation had begun for many. The lunch and evening breaks were rife with conversation among couples, the air buzzing with excitement. Smiles erupted from previously tight lips, the atmosphere undeniably more relaxed than when we started. Day 1 feedback assured us that hope was birthed in the minds and hearts of several participants, setting the stage for an exciting day two.
As the speakers continued to openly share their lives with the audience, the scripture verse that says " they triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony" (Rev 12:11), came alive. The connection with the crowd was electric, transformation was taking place from deep within, as couples identified with the stories told. Emotions ran high, tears of joy, forgiveness and reconciliation flowed freely.
In the end, came the prized moment, the climax that makes all the effort to organize an event like this annually, all worth it. Three couples stood up and shared that their marriage which was on the brink of divorce had been saved and many more shared about the positive impact the event had on their relationship. If it were only one marriage saved, it would all be worth it!
Every year we try to incorporate some new and exciting aspect to our conference. This year we introduced the Coupleie Challenge (as opposed to selfie). Couples had until lunch time on the 2nd day to submit a picture of themselves enjoying the conference via #weekendtoremember2016. We had a tough time selecting the top 3 finalists from the 24 submissions received. In the end Andre Koylass and his Fiancée Sarah Ost Jensen emerged the lucky winners of a dinner for two at Apsara or Tamnak Thai.
Thank you for your prayers, partnership and support, in making this event a resounding success.