Saturday, October 22, 2011

We Love M.E.!

One of the best things about living on Saipan is the CNMI Marriage Encounter community. It's an incredibly wonderful group of couples who highly value their marriages and are committed to improve family life on island, one at a time. Of course, we love to get together, party and enjoy each other's company. In fact this past week, we spent last Friday-Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday together. Luckily, we love our ME family and it's time well spent.

Last weekend was the Marriage Encounter Weekend where 24 new couples were encountered. They spent 48 hours at the Aqua Resort Saipan and were able to communicate like never before. By the end of Sunday, we saw transformed lives where husbands and wives felt even more in love than the day they married. ME is that powerful! Some couples hesitate to join ME because of FEAR. They believe that it's for troubled marriages or for other couples and not them. We're here to say.... It's absolutely for EVERYONE!
Russ put it this way. We have a lot of friends who are athletes and are willing to wake up early to go running, biking, swimming, hiking, etc. Why won't they exert that same energy to improve their marriage for one weekend? If your spouse/family is the most important part of your life, wouldn't you do everything you can to preserve and improve it? Why not "JUST DO IT!"
Wayne & Boni are one of our Steps children as they were in our "Steps Along the Journey" group last year which followed the initial Weekend. They are also our co-Community Pillars and do an awesome job to help ME. They're one of the many examples of couples who love to give to others.
This is our current Steps family with Ed & Dorsha, Mishel & Dennis. We're missing JJ & Juanette in the photo. We're currently working together to communicate the importance of ....communication!
Brian and Claudine Perry hail from Maui, Hawaii and are the Section 12 Leaders for our region (N. California, Hawaii, Guam & Saipan). They are currently in Guam presenting for the Guam ME Weekend ongoing now. Walton is the son of Alfonso and Jacinta Yangerlit. He celebrated his 11th birthday last Sunday.
Ed & Nikol are our Steps kids from about two years ago. They are a lovely couple who we miss since we don't see them on a weekly basis anymore. Because of ME, their marriage is stronger and their family bond immense. Russ and I are truly blessed to be able to share our lives with so many amazing couples. ME is an adventure!


Brittany said...

We certainly miss you and our ME family. Wish we were able to be in two places at once.

Russ and Kanae said...

We miss you, Mark & Hatley!

Sean said...

One of the many things we miss about Saipan. . .