Rev. Richard and Mrs. Marjorie Buessing, the Itinerary Workers (IW) for the East Coast visited Blessed Families in the southern states of District 5 to share their love, care, and wisdom.
Atlanta, Georgia – June 12
Rev. and Mrs. Buessing first visited Atlanta, Georgia, where they visited families and attended the Atlanta Family Church Sunday Service and joined the congregation for lunch. Afterwards, they took time for a Q&A session with more than 30 members from the community. Many of the questions were related to the matching and the Marriage Blessing or the upcoming Special Grace Ceremony.
Irvington, Alabama – June 18
Rev. and Mrs. Buessing then traveled to Livingston, Alabama, where Mrs. Buessing was asked to give presentations on different Blessing and Family Ministry topics. Over 30 members from Alabama as well as Louisiana gathered to hear the presentations. The first presentation was on the parent-child relationship, and included a powerful activity that helps participants practice listening. The second presentation covered the many resources found on the BFM Website, which Mrs. Buessing was able to share with the community members right on the website. After dinner she held another Q&A session along with her husband. This session was greatly appreciated by the members who were able to honestly ask questions anonymously by writing the questions on cards ahead of time.
Rev. and Mrs. Buessing are so impressed by the numerous families they have visited not only in the South but all over the Eastern part of the United States. Many have opened their hearts and shared their victories and difficulties in their families. Their marriages and children in some cases can be affected by the culture that surrounds them. The problems of drugs, alcohol, and pornography are real issues that all families must work together to heal with love, patience, and determination.
Alabama – June 16
Also in Alabama, Mrs. Buessing attended “Close Knit,” which is a small group meeting where, like the early American quilting bees, women of all ages gather to do needle craft together and share. Many gathered from the community for food, fun, children, pets, and sharing. She also shared about Mari Curry’s blanket ministry and those who attended were inspired to contribute by making 6” squares!
Mrs. Buessing reflected, “It’s healthy and fun for women of all ages to get together and work on a project. This is the kind of gathering you just want to invite all your friends to. I love the memories we created together that night.”