One man stood up in front of everyone else, his wife by his side, and shared how he never spoke a word of encouragement to his wife before and wanted to change that.
The first session of Marriage Revolution got underway last night at New Life Fellowship church in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with eager couples waiting to hear Hans share truth about how God intended marriage to be. Understanding a little about this culture will put the impact of the first session in it's proper place. Here, holding hands in public, and in the home, is frowned upon. There is no such thing as showing affection for one another. Communication is just as foreign as a white man walking down the street. Divorce is not common, but living in an unhealthy, miserable marriage is the way it's done.
In listening to the feedback after Hans Molegraaf wrapped up the first session, I was left in tears hearing how God had already moved powerfully through the group in attendance. One man stood up in front of everyone else, his wife by his side, and shared how he never spoke a word of encouragement to his wife before and wanted to change that. Another man stood up and said he only shares the negative issues with his wife, but never encourages her, and said he feels guilty for not speaking into her. One woman explained that she never seeks counsel with her husband and wants to help him be a better leader which will mean she needs to seek advice from him and listen to his ideas. Couples were asked to face each other and share stories and put into practice what was being taught. It was then you saw tears, husbands rubbing their wife's back, arms around each other and a yearning, a longing, in couples eyes for wanting more; better than what was present before.
God is moving mightily in His people here. Continue to pray that the excitement of what is being taught will not be stuffed or the fire be put out when faced with a society unfamiliar to God's intentions between man and wife. Pray that the Biblical roles of husband and wife will take root into the fabric of Christian marriages and become an example to the families around them.
Thank you for your prayers!
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Stephanie is a stay-at-home mommy to four little blessings. Married for 16 years, Tim and Stephanie find new ways to enjoy intimate time together while raising the young family.