As the entire world is being held hostage by this terrible virus, we began praying and brainstorming about how we could connect with people to share the Hope of Christ through music and encouragement while being stuck in our homes. We felt that the best way to make that coneection was through social media, and so… We launched a Facebook Live Event that happens three nights a week for the foreseeable future! Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – 7pm Eastern time! The response has been fantastic! We could all use some encouragement through this season of uncertainty and seclusion. Our hope is in Christ alone! Please join us and invite some friends. You can even host a watch party through your Facebook page! You can find our live videos here… You can even watch previous episodes and you can share those as well! Be sure to like the Russell and Kristi Facebook page to get all the updates concerning the Livestream.
We hope to see you soon!
Russell and Kristi
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast your cares upon Him because He cares for you.”
The other day I was getting ready in our bathroom and I “felt” the Lord speak to me…
I have always been a person who wanted to do things ‘by myself.’ My family always kidded me, “Oh don’t try to help Kristi open that jar. She wants to do it by herself!” It’s true. I wanted to open the jar, the can, the whatever, by myself. I guess, in this way, I wanted to be independent. I wanted to feel the accomplishment. I wanted to be proud of what I could do alone. I’ve always looked as this personality trait as a plus, something I was kinda proud of, something that meant I would always give everything to try my best. I still think it can be a positive trait; however, as I felt God speak to me the other day, I started to think of it in a different way…
About three years ago, we began meeting with some other couples about a potential marriage event in Myrtle Beach. At the time, there were no other marriage enrichment events in the Myrtle Beach area, but we felt that God was leading us to begin this ministry. We have been extremely blessed to be a part of so many great marriage events over our years of ministry, like Lifeway’s Marriage Impact, where we will be again this summer, and God has continually presented us with opportunities and intersections for encouraging marriages. Out of the initial meetings, the Adore Marriage weekend was born.
Earlier this month, we held our second year of Adore Marriage at the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation. I can truly say that God is good and has blessed this ministry immensely. When the conference team had done all that was humanly possible, we know that God took the next five steps that only He could. To Him be the glory for all that happened during and around Adore Marriage. God presented us with a new ministry team partner, Theresa, whose contacts and skills propelled the conference forward by miles. And in addition to that, we ended up with about 30 couples from 6 different states who attended the conference.
Most exciting for us is the prospect of adding a second Adore Marriage event each year. With the Myrtle Beach weekend, we sought to keep costs as low as possible and make sure that the most value was given to couples for the costs they paid. We have tried to keep the costs as all-inclusive as possible, as well, so that when a couple commits to attend, there are no hidden costs.
In the weeks leading up to our Myrtle Beach weekend, we were presented with an opportunity to take Adore Marriage out to sea on Royal Caribbean later this Fall. While we weren’t actively looking, the opportunity came up and fell into place through God’s divine plan. So, at our conference earlier this month, we announced an Adore Marriage Cruise setting sail October 19-22, 2012. We are very excited to see what God has planned for the future of this ministry.
We have a busy summer of marriage events with our ministry partners Lifeway and the North Carolina Baptist Convention. We will be leading worship for two Lifeway Marriage Impact events later this summer and those events are always fun. Hosted at Lifeway’s Ridgecrest Conference Center, the weekends offer a great marriage getaway to the North Carolina mountains, along with all sorts of activities in the area. We will also be traveling to Ft. Caswell to lead worship for a Pastor and Wives event sponsored by the NC Baptist Convention.
For all of our upcoming events, please visit our Concert & Events page.