Video conference coming to Emo

Marriages today face an enormous number of obstacles and challenges. In fact, the Vanier Institute of the Family has announced that one in three Canadian marriages will end in divorce.
What are married couples and adults contemplating marriage to do?
Well, several couples in Emo believe they’ve found an effective solution to the struggles of the modern marriage.
A year-and-a-half ago, Michelle and Tony Marinaro, Wes and Olive Friesen, Kendall and Gwen Olsen, and Arnold and Cindy Kaemingh attended a conference in Fort Frances called “Love and Respect.”
They were so impressed with the message and presentation that they felt they just had to bring it to Emo in order to share it with others.
“Wow, it was incredible,” enthused Michelle Marinaro. “Dr. Eggerichs is so funny, but yet so amazingly accurate about the problems that married couples face.”
“It was like he had placed a hidden camera in our home,” agreed Kendall Olsen. “I saw myself in the examples he used.”
Dr. Eggerichs and Dr. Canfield, co-founders of the program, have been working in the field of marriage counselling for more than two decades. “Love and Respect” is the outgrowth of their work in strengthening marriages and families.
This program teaches a simple message. A wife has one driving need—to feel loved. When her need is met, she is happy.
A husband, on the other hand has a different need—to feel respected. When that need is met, he feels happy.
“Love and Respect” is not the type of marriage conference where you have to share intimate details of your life with anyone.
“It is definitely a non-threatening environment,” Olsen reassured. “All you have to do is sit, listen, and learn.
“You’ll laugh because the presentation is so humorous, but the message is also dead on!” he added.
The video conference will be held at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6:30-10 p.m. and again Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Everyone is welcome, whether you are married or single, your marriage is stable, or you are overwhelmed by the challenges of married life.
The cost of the conference is $10 per person (which covers the registration fee and workbook). A donation will be accepted to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments, which will be provided.
If you wish to register early, contact Michelle Marinaro at P.O. Box 183, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0. Otherwise, registration will take place on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6:30-6:45 p.m.
If you want to start your marriage off right or want to enrich your married life, why not try some “Love and Respect.”