WHAT COUPLES ARE SAYING

Read what some of our alumni couples are saying about Hope Restored marriage intensives.

  • Thank the Lord that there was a cancellation for us to be able to attend or we would not be together today. 
    Intensive Participant
  • The food, the counseling, the safety, the other couples’ stories—it was all so beautifully interwoven to make for a truly healing time away. We will be celebrating 3 years of restoration and healing and we continue to reflect on our time at the Focus on the Family Retreat Center on a regular basis.
    Intensive Participant
  • What a huge blessing this 4-day intensive has been – a much needed “turn in the road” to healing and hope for our broken, toxic 25 year marriage. The experience of going through this intensive with the four other couples has been so helpful. It is so true that so much is learned from listening to others and hearing their issues addressed. God knit us together with our common and different struggles, all of us needing to apply the tools we received to experience help and victory. We are so glad we came here. Hold on through the first couple of days and let Him show you that there is hope for you and your marriage and future.
    Intensive Participant
  • When we arrived at the Focus on the Family Retreat Center we had been separated for 2 1/2 months. We were both angry and had been hanging on for 31 1/2 years in a toxic marriage. We both love the Lord and wanted our marriage to work, but just couldn’t figure it out on our own. We had been to four different marriage counselors on and off over 15 years. My husband had told me that he “would give” Hope Restored 100% effort, but that he had little hope and that if God didn’t do something big it would be time for “formal separation”. I am thrilled to say that we both have hope and now have some great tools to start operating in a “safe place” with each other.
    Intensive Participant
  • Forever changed and tremendously grateful for the tools given to us to change a stormy relationship into a peaceful calm. What a gift God gave us here in a safe environment with counselors and staff that are totally walking in a close relationship with Christ. Miracles happen!
    Intensive Participant
  • My husband and I truly received a miracle here. Our overall experience was beyond our expectations. We learned that there is hope when thinking all hope is lost. Our relationship has been forever changed.
    Intensive Participant
  • If you truly open your hearts this week, your marriage will be changed for the better.
    Intensive Participant
  • Coming to the Focus on the Family Retreat Center was tough because we felt little hope…Divorce was on the table, hate was in the air and resentment was pushing us in bad directions. We learned the exact unique but easy tools to use every day in many, if not every situation. We felt extremely cared for, listened to and loved on. We are forever grateful to have our marriage back.
    Intensive Participant
  • The Lord works wonders in this place! …Amazingly gifted counselors who minister the love and grace of Christ into the heart of every person/couple…
    Intensive Participant
  • For almost 2 years of our 15 years of marriage we have lived apart…the Focus on the Family Retreat Center was our last attempt at reconciliation/healing.…after four days of the intensive I feel closer to her more than ever.
    Intensive Participant
  • When the initial shock of his plans for divorce had worn off, God had me research marriage intensives and I stumbled across the Focus on the Family Retreat Center after 3 local counselors refused to see us for counseling because they believed we were too far gone. God and the Focus on the Family Retreat Center has helped not only save my marriage, but also has helped save my husband's soul...
    Intensive Participant
  • When the initial shock of his plans for divorce had worn off, God had me research marriage intensives and I stumbled across the Focus on the Family Retreat Center after 3 local counselors refused to see us for counseling because they believed we were too far gone. God and Focus on the Family Retreat Center has helped not only save my marriage, but also has helped save my husband's soul...
    Intensive Participant
  • After 21 years of many heartaches and struggles…we had so much hurt and grief built up that our marriage was coming apart at the seams. The miracle of a 4 day intensive has been amazing.
    Intensive Participant
  • We so enjoyed the wonderful staff here, the loving people we met in our group, the beautiful grounds and accommodations. We need to remember to practice using the tools and one day they'll become automatic.
    Intensive Participant
  • We showed up for a 3 day intensive with a lot of confusion, hurt and apprehensions. We are leaving with love, rekindled, with hope, with a deeper appreciation and respect for each other…We have been given tools to use to keep moving in a positive direction. Thank you Focus on the Family Retreat Center for providing such a safe and comfortable environment for us to process our wounds and begin the process of finding healing in ourselves and in our relationship.
    Intensive Participant
  • As a pastor's wife there has been a lot of feelings and fears of being ignored.…the counselor gave me a lot of tools…We have found healing here and have been placed on a path to pursue wholeness.
    Intensive Participant
  • All the tools that were shared will be so helpful in our journey to a successful marriage.
    Intensive Participant
  • My husband and I arrived here separately and were in fact legally separated. What had been missing in other counseling was the tools and true understanding of the whys so we could put into practice what we were taught.
    Intensive Participant
  • From the moment we arrived we felt loved and cared for. We were ministered to. We will never forget the new beginning we received here.
    Intensive Participant
  • We came so broken, so hurt, so confused and longing for direction and answers. We have learned about ourselves individually and about our marriage that will impact every aspect and relationship in our lives.
    Intensive Participant

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