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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 18:08

2 Plus 1 = ONE

Written by  Mike and Lisa Conn
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Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Marriage is like the Golden Gate Bridge.  When I think about a cord of three strands not easily broken, I remember the impressive structure of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  The weight of the bridge is hung from two cables that pass through the two main towers and are fixed in concrete at each end. Each cable is made of 27,572 strands of wire. There are 80,000 miles (130,000 km) of wire in the main cables (Wikipedia).  The bridge faces strong winds and winter storms, salty fog and the weight of thousands of trucks and cars, yet it stays strong because of the strands of wire woven tightly together to create a strong, unified cable.

 

2 plus 1 = one.  Like the wire cables, in a marriage, two strands (husband and wife) are woven together with God to create a cord of three strands not easily broken.  Apart from God, the cord of two strands is weakened and may break when placed under pressure during the storms of life.  In a Christian marriage, two plus one equals one marriage team committed to being a bright light for Christ in the world. 

 

We’ve spent a lot of time in Cuba during the last year and a half.  The people we serve at the Methodist Church of Guanabacoa, Cuba, are rich in their faith and their love for one another as well as for us.  We’ve been blessed to travel to Cuba three times in the last 15 months and to work with this church of over 550 members.  During those trips, we conducted FamilyLife Art of Marriage (theartofmarriage.com) small group couple’s leadership training and three large Saturday Family Teams for Christ marriage conferences.  Our first conference attended by 25 couples focused on Building Teamwork in Marriage.  Our second conference attended by 35 couples focused on Our Spiritual Journey.  We’ve witnessed many two plus one equals one Marriage Teams for Christ in this island nation! 

 

Cuba is a poor country, oppressed for 50 years by communism, embargo and isolation.  The people face many of the problems we do, plus a lot more, such as where their next meal is coming from.  The monthly rationing system only yields enough food for about half the month.  Yet, despite their poverty of material things and even some necessities, during each visit, we witness a wealth of faith in the church we serve. 

 

3 plus 1 = one.  Christian parents with their Christian children equal a Family Team committed to being an even brighter light for Christ in their world.  The cord thickens and becomes stronger when one’s children have embraced faith in Jesus Christ and have joined the Family Team with God as their strength.  Our third mission trip to Cuba in November 2014 focused on training and equipping parents to be Character-Centered Parents raising Christ-like children who someday will choose to build their own family teams for Christ.  47 couples including a Baptist pastor and his deacon, along with their wives, attended the Saturday workshop.  What a joy and a blessing to see the Family Teams for Christ theme spread to other congregations and communities in Cuba!

 

13 plus 1 = one.  Because of our exploding ministry to Air Force couples at Maxwell AFB, we had not planned to return to Cuba.  However, God and the Cuban pastor had different plans.  In front of a “standing-room-only” Sunday morning service, the pastor told Mike and me that if we would return, they would have a church-wide marriage renewal service.  Well, of course, we enthusiastically said “YES!”  As a result, in just a few weeks, we will return to Cuba.  Our mission team consists of 13 individuals, all bringing different gifts to the team, different personalities, ages, and backgrounds.  Despite all of our differences, the common denominator of the group is a life committed to serving Jesus Christ at home and abroad.  Jesus is our strength and our foundation; He wraps His love around us and makes us a united team committed to training, equipping and encouraging an entire church that spreads by their words and deeds, the love of Christ to the city of Guanabacoa.  The theme for this trip is Turning a Marriage Team into a Family Team for Christ and will focus on helping teenagers join their parents as a Family Team for Christ, bringing the bright light of Christ to hundreds of lost Cubans in the years ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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