It is the mission of El Ayudante to grow committed followers of Christ by meeting the needs of our community. Sometimes what we see as needs is not always a complete picture. Last year we were approached my members of the community that were wanting help in growing and improving their marriages. This was new ground for EA, but how could we not provide when there was a specific request? After doing some research, we obtained the curriculum and signed up our first couples. Tristan & Beth led the first course and it went super well! Before we knew it, we had more couples wanting to take the class.
While we could have continued to provide the course leaders, we decided it was in the best interest of the community to raise up leaders from within that could make this program sustainable. For the 2nd course, a couple who completed the initial course were the leaders and Beth and Tristan sat in as observers. That course was also a big success and once again, we had more couples wanting to take the course. We just completed our THIRD marriage course. Once again, it was led by a couple who completed the course but this time it was held independent of EA supervision but still on campus. They enrolled the couples, did all the set-up and led everything! As you might have guessed, we have 8 couples already asking when the next course will be offered! These are all neighbors and friends of the current participants so that means they are talking about it!
God has done amazing things through this class. Catholic couples joined Christian couples, couples who have been together for more than 20 years joined couples who have been together 4 months and together they shared, learned and grew their marriages. They studied the topics of the art of communication, resolving conflicts, the power of forgiveness, the impact of family past and present, healthy sexual life and love in action. They also learned that we glorify God when we have a healthy marriage. We glorify God by honoring our spouse. We glorify God when we forgive our spouse. If Christ forgave us, how can we justify not forgiving our spouse. It was an amazing time of not only marital growth, but spiritual growth as well. It was yet another way to show and share the love of Christ and impact families in our community for Him.
We are continually amazed by what God is doing here in our valley. Stories like these keep us motivated to continue pressing into God and seeking Him for what else we can do to glorify Him in our community.