Contributed by Mieko Saarna
We had a very exciting Matching Preparation Seminar and Matching Supporter Training on February 10-11 in Kansas City. Mr. John Abelseth gave a very clear and deep explanation about the matching process, including his own experiences. We were very fortunate to have BFM Director Mrs. Crescentia DeGoede come to share her lecture, as well.
Seven young adults and eight parents participated in the seminar. At the end of the Matching Preparation Seminar, John said, “You can forget everything you’ve heard, but you should remember one thing: listen, just listen to your children.” John and Crescentia both gave their precious testimonies, too.
After the Matching Preparation Seminar concluded, eight individuals participated in a Matching Supporter Training. During the Matching Supporter Training, John explained how Matching Supporters can help find matches for their candidates and sometimes can help them all the way to receiving the Marriage Blessing. It was a little overwhelming to learn how to use the websites, but since quite a few of us were trained as Matching Supporters this time, we will support each other.
“It was a really good experience. Uncle John is a very good speaker; he is eloquent, heartfelt, sincere, sensitive, timely, and wise/experienced. I learned a lot from the information he presented, and especially the testimonies.”