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Hope Initiative Ministries receives Marriage God’s Way

My desire for Marriage God’s Way has been two-fold from the beginning—strengthen marriages and exalt Christ. I’ve seen this prayer answered in different ways. One of the most recent took place on November 9, 2016. I received the following message from Efumbi Vicent, the program director of Hope Initiative Ministries:

We are so much in love with your marriage teachings. In the near future this could turn into big workshops here as we keep sharing and working together on fully establishing our ministry in Kampala. The need for knowledge of Christian marriages is high. We can end up asking for a big number which may not be managed at the moment.

I shared this message with the elders at Woodland Christian Church. They decided to send two boxes (80 books total) to Hope Initiative Ministries. The books were given out as an outreach in HIM’s main centers at Bugiri and Kampala (in eastern Uganda).

I understand the question people will have, so let me answer it now. The books were given to Hope Initiative Ministries (HIM) for free. Woodland Christian mailed them, and I did not receive any money.

Hope Initiative Ministries plan for Marriage God’s Way

Here’s what they shared with me:

  • After the launch on December 17th, they formulated sixteen groups of five.
  • Groups will meet to discuss the book with close monitoring for three months: January through March, and then April through June.
  • Each group is assigned an educated leader. Although everyone can read English, they still benefit from a leader’s guidance.
  • At the end of the three months they will organize a workshop lasting two days.
  • Finally, each participant is rewarded with a certificate representing their church and Hope Initiative Ministries.

They also have a plan for accountability. Those who receive books sign something like a contract demonstrating their commitment. After the study Hope Initiative Ministries will collect responses from participants to discuss the impact. People will share their marriage experiences and questions, and learn how best to use the learned skills to strengthen their marriage and the marriages of those around them.

Efumbi passed along the following encouraging sentiment to me:

“At the book launch I was so impressed by the way the marrieds embraced this outreach! I have seen many other couples register to be part in the future. This is the very first marriage outreach in this community! God is so good who made us connect for His own glory.”

How can you support Hope Initiative Ministries?

Efumbi told me, “If we can distribute these materials twice per year, it will be a great blessing. We’d like to give out the books in January and June.”

Hope Initiative Ministries is going to need more books in the future. If you’re interested in helping sending them copies, please let me know!

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10 thoughts on “Hope Initiative Ministries receives Marriage God’s Way

  1. This is wonderful! Just reading the book myself, it really can help strengthen marriages when both parties are looking to invest in the concepts presented within! So awesome that you’ve been able to help them in such a great way that will really pay dividends in the future for that community!

    1. Thanks Steven!

      It has been a real blessing to me to see how the book is being used.

      Thanks for your part in reading the book and posting a review.

      I appreciate you Brother!

  2. Wow, Scott! What a wonderful blessing. I’m so glad your words are reaching that community. Your book spoke such encouragement to me and I’m just so happy to see that you’ll be encouraging at least 80 people in through Hope Initiative Ministries. May God continue to grow your ministry!

    To God be the glory!

    1. Thank you Jessica! Your words bless me for a number of reasons.

      You’ve been a good friend to me and supporter of my ministry.

      To God be the glory!

  3. Scott,

    This is amazing news! I agree with Efumbi- God is so good and it’s amazing how He connects His people for His glory!

    Is this type of thing happening anywhere in America so far? I suggested your book to my accountability group last night. Eager to finish it and share more!

    1. Hi Beka,
      Thank you so much! Your comment really encourages me, as does the situation with Efumbi and H.I.M.

      Well, no, I wouldn’t really say this is happening anywhere in the U.S. I do hope (and pray) God opens that door. I’ve had some church make bulk purchases (most often when I’ve preached at their camp or as a guest on a Sunday morning).

      I would love for the book to be used this way, and I’d be happy to provide copies at a very discounted price. I didn’t write this book to make money. Unless you’re a prolific author, most writers publish understanding breaking even is a good goal :). My desire is simply to get the book in people’s/churches’ hands, so marriages can be strengthened and Christ can be exalted. Obviously offering the book at a cheap price is the best way to do that.

      If your accountability group wants a number of copies, let me know and I’ll make that happen very affordably. About $6 or $7 per book.

      Thanks for your support!

  4. This is absolutely amazing! Continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. It is really going to be a blessing to everyone that reads it.

    1. Thank you Tiffani.

      I truly appreciate all your support with the book!

  5. What a wonderful blessing for that community! And, I love their plans for how to use the books. Yes!! Every country needs more people speaking about God’s plan for marriage and what a Christian marriage should look like.

    Eager to read your book over the holidays and I know I can always use a course adjustment of my own.

    1. Hi Laura,
      Thank you, yes, I feel the same. Privileged just to be able to be part of this.

      Very blessed to see my books being used this way.

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