During this Season of Giving, we at the Blessing & Family Ministry invite you to make a contribution to the Energize Couples Retreats.
As we approach the end of 2017, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your support of the Blessed Marriage Project both through your attendance at a Retreat, and also through any donations, you have offered at past Retreats. We hope that you have been inspired by what you experienced at the Energize! Couples Retreat to grow even closer as a couple.
One of our goals is for the Retreats to become sustainable so we can continue to serve our Blessed couples of all generations far into the future. We are joining Giving Tuesday on November 28th and want to encourage our alumni to donate.
Your Contribution is Vital
At this point, only gifts from people like you will allow the Energize! Couples Retreats to take place again.
Our founders, David and Mitsue Wolfenberger invested over $100,000 a year in the BMP underwriting our retreats from 2014 – 2016. Last year they took on the great challenge of addressing the epidemic of internet pornography among our young people and are now investing their time and all their financial resources to provide education and recovery programs to combat this issue. But building lives of healthy intimacy is not an issue just for our Unificationist youth; many Blessed couples have work do in this arena which is why we are asking you to support our retreats and marriage enrichment for all blessed couples.
Why the Energize! Couples Retreats are Critical to Our Movement
Over the past three years, our eight retreats have reached 230 couples from newlyweds to grandparents helping couples to learn real skills that will lift struggling marriages out of the doldrums or to elevate good relationships to even greater levels of heart. These valuable retreats can only be sustained by contributions from Blessed couples. And we are counting on couples like you to make this happen again in 2018.
On more than one occasion a spouse has approached staff members at a Retreat and confided that they had considered walking away from their marriage, but was willing to attend the retreat as a last-ditch effort. They testified that the weekend had saved their Blessing and had given them hope they could find new and better ways of doing things in their marriage.
Your Donation Makes a Difference
Wouldn’t it be gratifying to help a Blessed couple save their Blessing? As one man said in his Retreat testimony, “Taking the time to reflect on ways to improve our relationship is more valuable than anything in life. Having a happy wife for a lifetime is more important than working to pay off a 30-year mortgage.”
We couldn’t agree more! A roof over one’s head is not to be underestimated, but it is temporal; our Blessings are for eternity.
Any Size Donation Helps!
Even a $10 or $20 a month donation for one year can ensure the development of the BMP. If two hundred alumni donated $10 a month for a year we would have $24,000 – more than enough to sponsor one Energize! Couples Retreat.
Our ambition for 2018 is to hold two retreats – one in the Northeast and another one on the West Coast. Without your support, this will not be possible.
Please help us reach our goal of sustainability.
As always, your contribution is tax exempt and you will receive a receipt. To save money on credit card processing you can write a check to the Blessed Marriage Project (marked marriage retreats), and mail it to 122 Walnut Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604.