Professional couples seek marriage enrichment

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Lae, Papua New Guinea

Forty-five couples attended a marriage enrichment seminar conducted by the Family Ministries department of the Papua New Guinea Union Mission (PNGUM).

This is a pilot project targeting professional Adventists in Lae. We plan to carry out similar programs in the nine local missions and Central Papua Conference.

The theme was “Building strong, healthy relationships”, with presentations by Dr Trafford Fischer, Family Life director for the South Pacific Division, Dr Kasa from the Family Support Centre at Angau Hospital, Ghani Gairo, a Lifestyle Medicine student from Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines, and Dr Agnes Kola, PNGUM Family Life director.

Dr Kola said this was the first time the department had conducted a marriage enrichment course after previously running programs for widows, single mothers and men.

“This is a pilot project targeting professional Adventists in Lae. We plan to carry out similar programs in the nine local missions and Central Papua Conference.”

Dr Kola added that there is a need for this type of program for pastors before taking it to the church membership at large. “This is a way forward for stronger families and marriages,” she said.