1. FAN THE FLAME MARRIAGE CONFERENCE
Less than two days until Fan the Flame Marriage Conference,
January 27-29. Whether you've celebrated 30 years together or are struggling to
make it to your next anniversary, the second annual H.I.M. Marriage Conference
offers something for all married couples. You won't want to miss hearing Gary
Gaddini, this year's speaker, or worshiping with the dbNetwork Band, or taking
in the lovely town of Newport. To register now, or for more information, visit
2. DATE NIGHT UPDATE
Despite our efforts, due to
circumstances beyond our control, we must regretfully cancel this February's
scheduled Date Nights. Please note that
Grace Chapel (Lexington)
is offering a Date Night on February 11 (781-862-6499); also, Paul and Virginia
will be speaking at a Couples' Night Out sponsored by
Christian Church (Andover) on February 12 (978-475-0700).
3. TRUE LOVE WAITSFAMILY EDITION
effective as the "True Love Waits" movement has been for individuals, without
family support the staying power of the commitment to sexual purity is greatly
reduced. With this in mind, "True Love Waits--Family Edition" will be held at
Grace Community Church in Chelmsford on Saturday, March 25, 2006. The day is
designed to help parents and teens work together to accomplish the shared goal
of sexual purity. Resource couples include Paul and Virginia Friesen, Grant and
Emily Williams, Brian and Heather Dietz, and Kate Wylie. To register now, or
for more information, visit the True Love Waits webpage.
If you'd like us to mail
you a stack of brochures to distribute to friends or to your church youth
group, please contact Janet Hathaway at 978-689-3161 or eMail her at
4. FAMILY FOCUS NIGHT - February 7
Family Focus Nights are evenings
with an emphasis on strengthening marriages and families. The next one will be
held on Tuesday evening, February 7, at 7 pm, at
South Shore Christian
Academy. Paul and Virginia's teaching is informative and fun, and is
followed with great discussion. There is no charge. Plan now to attend with
friends. Your RSVP would be helpful but is not required: just call 781-275-6473
or email Paul@HIMweb.org - thanks!
The topic on February 7 will be a continuation of
Parenting by Design, Not by Default. We would never build a house
without a design, hammering and sawing away while saying, Lets wait
and see how it turns out! Parenting calls for a design as well. We
carefully consider our childrens education, their athletic involvements,
or their musical pursuitsyet often we are not so clear on the design for
their moral and faith journeys. This seminar will help us design the path that
will encourage our children to choose to honor God.
- Help develop Passions in your child.
- Project Positively.
- Prioritize your marriage.
- Play, Play, Play: Jesus came to give us abundant
- Pray, Pray, Pray.
5. "END OF THE SPEAR"
A film with a message Fifty years ago this month, five
missionaries dared to make contact with the most savage tribe in history. They
were the first to have friendly contact with a notoriously violent group of
indigenous people. Their excitement quickly turned to fear when the tribe
attacked them with spears and all five were killed. Soon after the spearing,
the wife of one of the slain men and the sister of another went to live with
the tribe who killed their loved ones. This story was made famous by "Life"
magazine and the book "Through Gates of Splendor" by Elisabeth Eliot.
Many people are familiar with the story of these missionaries,
but no one has heard the rest of the story, from the perspective of the tribe,
until now. Bearing Fruit Communications has produced two films: a
documentary--"Beyond the Gates of Splendor" (2004), and a full-length feature
film--"End of the Spear" (2006). "Beyond the Gates of Splendor" won the
Audience Choice Award at 2004 Palm Beach International Film Festival, as well
as the Crystal Heart Award at the 2002 Heartland Film Festival which awards
film excellence for "truly moving pictures" of independently produced feature
length and short films. It is now available on DVD and includes interviews with
the wives of the five missionaries as well as with members of the Waodani
tribe. "End of the
Spear" (PG-13) opened in theaters this past weekend and we encourage you to
see it. Please carefully consider which of your children can handle the
violence before taking them, and make time for a family discussion
If you’re interested in learning more, Christianity Today online
has run a number of informative articles on the making of these movies. We
recommend you start your reading with this wonderful interview with Steve
5. PAUL AND VIRGINIA, STUDENTS AT LARGE
As this first
issue of the H.I.M. Family Flyer goes to press, Paul and Virginia are at the
Charlotte, North Carolina, campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for
the final two-week residency of their Doctor of Ministry program. Amidst their
amazing schedule of traveling and speaking, they have been studying and reading
and writing--just like normal students do. Now in the final stages of their
thesis writing, we ask you to cover them in prayer, as well as the entire
ministry of H.I.M..
And may He bless you and your family as well.
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