My husband and I have been married for 28 years and I believe that because of our struggles and our need for a solid group of believers to help us through, Jesus planted a seed that would grow into our most fulfilling albeit difficult ministry.
It began with yearly Valentine's Day events, and dinners. Those events were romantic, funny, and solidified our ministry. They continued to grow and we have been hosting these dinners for 6 years.
In 2016 we began our first marriage group with 10 couples in our basement. We worked through You & Me Forever by Frances and Lisa Chan. Because of the RHOW community and where we all come from, the conversation is raw but honest and never shallow. We enjoyed learning, sharing, and best of all eating together and continued to do so since. The following year my husband and I added a second group to accommodate the growth.
In 2017 we hosted our first weekend marriage retreat, which I believe consisted of 18-20 couples. Having never done this before our reliance on Jesus was essential through it all. The retreat was far more than I could have ever expected and it quickly became a weekend that all our couples looked forward to.
We have hosted a yearly retreat since. This year our retreat will host 28 couples!
Lastly, a Pastor my husband and I respect tremendously encouraged us early on and told us that what we were doing would save families for generations. My husband and I stand on that Word and are so grateful....
-Mick & Jackie Vazquez-
We often hear marriage is difficult and I believe we have all seen marriages fall apart, sometimes it’s our own. The saddest realization is that not only was it not meant to be this hard, but it also doesn’t have to be.
In our Christian walk we are told early on that “we are not meant to do this alone”; it seems only logical this would apply to our marriages as well.
The relationship we share with our spouse is second only to our relationship with God. Just as our relationship with God requires a separation of time and a commitment to learn and grow; so does our marriage.
I challenge every couple to look and see who they have chosen to surround themselves with and what steps they are taking to pursue Christ within their marriage, both separately and together.
Men’s groups, women’s groups, and marriage groups are incredible tools for growth, and ultimately become the place where we can most share the truest part of ourselves with others. Take a chance and find one that works for you.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 ... A cord of three stands is not quickly torn apart...