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Fall Marriage Conference
Newport Marriage Retreat
From the Friesen Kitchen
Keeping Up with Paul & Virginia
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Friesens highlighted in new Shaunti Feldhahn book
After 8 years of research, Shaunti Feldhahn has released her new book "The Good News about Marriage" in which she references Paul and Virginia Friesen and  quotes an email from Paul in its entirety as the conclusion to the book.  Check it out at CBD or on Amazon.


Include H.I.M. events on your church calendar for 2014-2015

Perhaps your church is like hundreds of New England churches that have the desire to strengthen marriages and families but simply are not able to support the trained staff needed to accomplish this.  Below are listed the events for 2014-2015 that are sponsored by H.I.M. and intended to be a support to your church's efforts.  H.I.M. will have event posters  available later this summer, but for now, please save and post the dates on your church calendar.

Fall Marriage Conference
w/Gordon & Gail MacDonald
Saturday, November 15

Engagement Matters #1
November 22-23

Marriage Conference
Newport, RI
March 6-8, 2015

Engagement Matters #2
March 28-29, 2015

Worth It
(Purity Conference for teens and parents)
April 11, 2015


Summer 2014
Vol 9, Issue 5

Plan now to attend a marriage and family-building event in 2014-2015!  Home Improvement Ministries has many opportunities for you to consider, and we'll be announcing more in future newsletters.  These are the "big rocks" of life.  Join us as we learn and celebrate God's design!
H.I.M./Berea Family Camp 2014
Ashoke Bachew to be guest speaker 
We are delighted to announce that Pastor Ashoke Bachew, of Trinidad and Tobago Urban Ministries, will be our speaker at the H.I.M./Berea Family Camps for 2014.

Pastor Ashoke and his wife, Stephanie, are no strangers to us.  A number of local teens and families have served with them on missions trips over the years through both Grace Chapel and H.I.M.  Pastor Ashoke's story ofTransformation from darkness into light, his passion for the Proclamation of the gospel, his insight into theGlobalization of the Good News, and his clear view of theAnticipation of God's best for each of us will guide us as he leads us in our study of God's word each day.

Click for more info about family camp 

Fall Marriage Conference: Nov. 15, 2014
Gordon and Gail MacDonald to speak on "Through the Years"
Gordon and Gail MacDonald have been one of the most influential ministry couples in New England for over 50 years.  Married for 52 years, Gordon and Gail will share of God's faithfulness and the choices each couple face within marriage as they journey through life together.

We are delighted that the MacDonalds will be the guest speakers at H.I.M.'s one-day fall marriage conference, to be held on Saturday, November 15, in Lynnfield, MA.  Registration is now open!

Newport Marriage Retreat - March 2015
Heggs and Friesens Team Up for Annual March Marriage Retreat

David and Cherylyn Hegg and Paul and Virginia Friesen will be teaming up this year as speakers at the annual H.I.M. Marriage Retreat in Newport, Rhode Island.  

The retreat will be held March 6-8, 2015, and this year moves to the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Goat Island.  Last year's conference sold out, so mark the date now and look for registration details later this month.


From the Friesen Kitchen
Fruit Smoothie 

Almost any leftover (or too-ripe) fruit can be added or substituted to this recipe to make a cool and healthy (and delicious!) summer treat.  Experiment (yum!), and even try adding bits of leftover veggies to give it an extra vitamin punch.
1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
2 cups frozen strawberries, raspberries, or cherries (pitted)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice

Put all the ingredients into a blender, process until smooth, and serve!

[Editor's note: Paul and Virginia often make smoothies for a breakfast on-the-run before they leave for an early morning flight.  If I'm their ride, they make one for me, too!  It's always fabulous.]
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
If it's summer, it must be family camp time!  As this issue goes to "press"  (electronically),  Paul and Virginia are at Campus By the Sea directing six weeks of family camp. Less than 24 hours after those camps end, the Friesens and their core program staff will be landing at Logan airport and driving to Berea in New Hampshire to repeat the experience for another 100 families.  
As someone who needs to communicate with them on a regular basis, I can attest to the fact that they have very little if any downtime during these summer weeks.  Any "open" time slots are quickly filled with counseling requests, staff-building/bonding activities, and planning for upcoming ministry events.

Therefore: please pray for Paul and Virginia!! They need your prayers now more than ever - and that's saying something.  Please pray for strength, for staff health, for wisdom, for God's provision of all the resources they need in these weeks, and for families to hear and apply the truths being taught.  May God be honored and praised. 
Barbara Steele
Home Improvement Ministries
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