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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ministries For Family Enrichment Expanding In India

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

GUWAHATI, INDIA (ANS) -- Ministries for Family Enrichment (MFE), founded by Tom and Jeannine Gonzalez, believe that a strong Biblical family can make a tremendous contribution to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. And now this dedicated couple is working towards establishing MFE on every continent.

Dr. Pau, Lucy, Jeannine and Tom Gonzalez

MFE is committed to coming along side effective ministries in developing countries and working together in equipping their leadership to deal with the five major potential problem areas in marriage and family (Finances, Communication, Sex, In-laws and Religion) from a Biblical perspective.

Tom and Jeannine have written a curriculum addressing these areas titled, “Planning for Successful Marriage.” It has been translated into several languages. MFE has a 35 year history and is currently working on several continents, Asia included.

They recently partnered with Dr. Pau and his wife Lucy, founders of Elim Resource Center, located in Guwahati, India. Working together in Asia, these two organizations are equipping church leaders to provide solid Biblical teaching on family/marriage issues.

Tom Gonzalez stated that, “Together we are taking the MFE training into India and into several other Asian countries. (I.e. Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Laos, etc.)”

Dr. Pau said that the “Elim Resource Center is a center of restoration, healing and preparation for God’s saints as they march toward the higher calling of the Lord.”

Christian leadership attending MFE retreat in Barapani, Assam, India

This ministry is committed to providing marriage seminars for pastors and their wives, leadership development, counseling services, a library where pastors come to study and to prepare messages, workshops, seminars and retreats. Dr. Pau also has s commitment to ministering to the Zomi Diaspora, his own people group, who are scattered globally in 35 countries.

Dr. Pau was a speaker at the 2010 Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa. He has served in a number of key leadership roles throughout North East India and is a Senior Consultant with Development Associates International. Lucy has established 13 Priscilla Centers which are reaching out to women in need.

Recently Dr. Pau and Lucy organized an event at Barapani which is located in the far North East corner of India. They invited Tom and Jeannine to come as the resource persons to train several “hand-picked” strategically placed Christian leaders and their spouses. The training was held at Bethel Center, a Roman Catholic Retreat Center. (This same group will be returning to this location in 2013 for the second half of the training).

A street scene in India

Tom and Jeannine observed, “As we got off the plane in India we were thrust into a world of rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, trucks, open markets and people, people, people! India is an amazing country with a growing population that is expected to exceed that of China. There is a great strain on family life as this ancient culture is colliding with the many changes that are thrusting this country into the modern technological world.

“Something as common as ‘trucks’ are contributing to staggering social problems as many of the drivers are away from their families ten months out of the year. Prostitution, illegitimate children and HIV/AIDS are major issues. Key to equipping families for the stresses that come with these challenges are the pastors and Christian leaders ministering in this part of the world.”

The leaders attending this conference represented 10 different ethnic tribes and 10 different denominations. The common language was English and Hindi, thus Tom and Jeannine were able to teach in English:) There are more than 200 dialects in this part of India. These leaders are dealing with many ethnic groups, so all are multilingual and speak a wide variety of dialects. Plus, many are in situations dependent on orality-based communication. MFE sees this as strategic in accomplishing II Tim 2:2!

One Pastor commented, “Being a Pastor’s family, everyone look up and respect us as if we don’t have any problem. But many a time, we face BIG problem that we cannot solve it ourselves. We wanted to go somewhere and share but nowhere to go except to God. We are grateful to you for organizing this timely Marriage Seminar. The Seminar materials are very biblical, practical and useful.”

Pastors and ministry leaders around the world can identify with what this pastor is expressing. Tom and Jeannine see MFE as a friend to those in ministry who are looking for resources that will be a blessing to their own families and at the same time give them a tool that will strengthen the families they are serving.

Ministries for Family Enrichment is based in Visalia, California and you can learn more by visiting their website at

Dan Wooding, 71, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 48 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. He hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States. The program is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK and also in Belize and South Africa. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries and also provides a regular commentary for Worship Life Radio on KWVE. You can follow Dan Wooding on Facebook under his name there or at ASSIST News Service. Dan has recently received two top media awards -- the "Passion for the Persecuted" award from Open Doors US, and one of the top "Newsmakers of 2011" from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 44 books, the latest of which is "Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s." To order a copy, go to: . Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, has also recently released his first novel “Red Dagger” which is available this link.

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