Tom and Laura Clifton, serving as missionaries with FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Pasco Weekend to Remember

Comments from the Pasco Weekend to Remember®

April 20-22 2012

Attendance 200

Decisions for Christ 27

Asked to be filled by the Holy Spirit 58

Recommitted their life and family to Christ 42

Wow!  Another incredible Weekend to Remember...200 people in attendance and 27 people prayed to receive Christ!  Not only that, we got a glimpse of God's redeeming work in the hearts and lives of the people that attended.  Check out the following life change stories! 

I feel this provided an insight into my marriage I didn’t know existed! This has truly changed my heart!!  After 15 years of marriage, I finally know what love for my wife really is!  Thanks be to God! Husband, married 15 years (husband of wife on following comment)

This Getaway was so important for my marriage.  We have recommitted ourselves to working on our marriage with God at the center. (wife of husband on preceding comment)

Allowing us to talk more about issues that get swept under the rug.  It’s so much easier to talk when we don’t have toddlers interrupting us every 30 seconds. Wife, married 5 years

It’s a great start—let’s let the work begin.  Husband, married 17 years

I wish we had attended many years ago.  We have been married 41 years and we now realize we have done many things wrong in our relationship.  I don’t really know how we stayed together—except through God’s grace.  But this weekend is indeed life-changing for me.

Wife, married 41 years

We did not know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised by the teaching and practical tools to help with our marriage and parenting.  This seminar has had a rejuvenating effect on my heart.  It was like a Gatorade after running a marathon.  Husband, married 20 years

Instead of focusing on surviving our marriage, we now have the tools to succeed in our marriage. Husband, married 12 years

Came here not expecting to learn anything new—not really wanting to be here.  But God spoke to the core of my being.  Husband, married 29 years

We have been separated for over 2 months.  We have been working on our relationship, but this weekend has changed our relationship forever.  It cleared up misconceptions and helped us heal our wounds.  We are definitely on the right track now. Husband, married 19 years

Before the conference I definitely felt lonely and isolation set in as we were slowly drifting apart.  But now after the conference I feel so much closer to God and my husband.  We have re-connected in a way that touches my heart, brings tears to my eyes and makes us both want to honor God through our oneness and unity as we commit to him and to our marriage. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts J.  Wife, married 9 years

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bellevue Weekend to Remember Comments

This past weekend we had the privilege to serve at the Weekend to Remember Event.  What a blessing to see how God used the weekend to transform lives and families for His glory.  Here is just a snapshot of what happened...

Prayed to Receive Christ:    3 + 3
Prayed to be Filled with the Holy Spirit:   23
Prayed to Rededicate Marriage and Family to Christ:   34

Top 10 Comments:

We were at a crossroads where to go from here – fight to make it work or walk away.  After the weekend we realized how incredible what we have is.  We have neglected the second greatest gift God ever gave us.  Thank you! – Wife Married 7 years.

This conference was the most meaningful and life-changing marriage event I have ever attended!  I did not want it to end. – Husband Married 7 years

Even though we have only been married two months this getaway has completely changed our marriage and our understanding of marriage. – Husband married 2 months

We came back from our date night, did the last project, and began talking about some stuff that had been avoided for far too long.  The journey/conversation n lasted nearly all night and was somewhat of a roller coaster.  The end result is we’re in a much better place with a lot more clarity. – Wife Married 3 years

It has broken through so many walls.  We each realized how poorly we were treating the other.  We have so far to go but we have hope.  Wife married 30 years

It gave me permission to love my husband in a way that I hadn’t.  I always put the kids first and now I know that it’s healthy and okay to put him first.  Wife married 3 years

This is our second weekend in seven years and it’s just as new, fresh and powerful now as it was the first time we attended.  It has encouraged us to be open and vulnerable with each other which can only increase our love for each other.  Wife married 25 years

After 33 years of marriage, a physician’s schedule, six kids we home school and “life” we really had lost our oneness and have forgotten to “mirror” God’s image in the relational ways.  God has revealed how on the brink we were, sobered us and caused us to fall at His feel again.  Wife married 33 years

Before coming I was constantly thinking negative and destructive thoughts.  I was not even sure we could make it.  Now I have realized God can change my attitude and am excited that our marriage is forever! – Wife Married 1 year

I had just filed for a legal separation and my Husband told me he wanted to go and just made the payment and told me the date.  I am so glad he stepped up and did this.  These are things that every couple needs to hear.  This is really a major turning point in our 29 year relationship married 21 years on April 20th started dating 10 years before. – Wife married 29 years
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