Visionary family ministries January 2016 Update SCROLL DOWN TO READ THE WHOLE STORY!

Four states, six churches, 6,500 people!

Things have been super busy this month at Visionary Family Ministries! In fact, in just the last four weeks, the Lord has enabled us to equip 6,500 people across four states and six different churches! The Holy Spirit has been at work strengthening marriages and giving parents renewed vision to point their children to Christ.

A father in South Carolina shared: "You have equipped us to not only help our families but now we can share what we learned with our church family as well. I have always believed children learn the most about God at home but always felt like the odd man out on that. You brought not only truth to it but also light!!"
Preaching on the power of forgiveness to set families free from bondage

The month started on a high note with a special Sunday of ministry at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN. It was the first Sunday of the New Year, and Rob shared a message on the power of family forgiveness. Pastor Troy Dobbs and his team have been doing an amazing job equipping and strengthening the families at Grace!

The worship service at Grace Church

Less than a week later, Amy Rienow led two half-day workshops for a local MOPS group at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills. She encouraged them to make the faith and character training of their children their top priority.

Preschoolers are the best! Keep up the good work moms!

The next weekend your support enabled us to minister to families in two different churches in Connecticut. So many parents are concerned about how to parent their teenage children. They're asking questions like, "How do I maintain a relationship with my teen during these years when they are seemingly are becoming more closed off?" On Friday, January 15, Rob got to address this topic as he spoke to parents of middle and high-schoolers at Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, CT.

Encouragement for parents of teens in Avon, CT

The very next day we were just down the street at Praise Christian Fellowship, in Barkhamsted, CT for a full-day Visionary Parenting Conference.

Erin Parkhouse, Children's Ministry Director at Praise Fellowship: "The feedback we received from parents that attended the Visionary Parenting Conference was overwhelmingly positive. We have already created a Family Worship Accountability Group for parents who want to grow as the spiritual leaders of their children. We look forward to keeping in touch with Visionary Family Ministries as we move forward in God’s mission for us. God bless and thank you again!"
"What a life-changing time the Visionary Parenting Conference was! So challenged and encouraged!"
Praise Christian Fellowship, Barkhamsted, CT

The following weekend Rob and Laynie were able to equip families in South Carolina. Be encouraged--the Lord is doing amazing things among His churches in South Carolina! Families and churches throughout the state are catching the vision for family discipleship, and it's making an impact. So, while much of the East Coast was buried under the snow storm of the century, we were able to sneak into Charleston for a full weekend of ministry at The Church at Life Park, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

A mom in South Carolina told us: "I left with a newly refreshed desire to pour into my not let the "to-do's" take over, but rather to worship with MY family daily. It's an eternal investment!"

"We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done." (Psa. 78:4)

Many of us start the New Year making all kinds of resolutions to live differently. This month, your prayers, friendship, and support helped to equip thousands of people across the country to start their year off on the right foot, worshiping God at home, and doing everything they can to lead the next generation to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. Thank you!

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Jonathan Ziman
Created with images by Joe Howell - "Canadian Family" • Tabitha Blue / Fresh Mommy - "IMG_5660" • fiskfisk - "Kids at zebra crossing"

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