Fifty couples spent a weekend in the picturesque Lake of the Ozarks in a quest to “metamorphosize” their marriages. By the evidence of  the smiles, laughter and comments, the “butterflied” event met its intended goal.  

Couples from throughout the Central States Conference and beyond enjoyed a relaxing weekend and were empowered by the transparent marriage ministry of the Marriage Menders – Derrick and Sonya McCollum. From discovering the caterpillar in our lives, to understanding the work in the cocoon and then using God-given tools, couples were encouraged to allow God to make even the best of marriages all He wants them to become.  

In addition to the seminar sessions, couples had time to fellowship with other couples, take walks along the lake, enjoy a poolside party, and compete in a “Couples Fun-lympics.”  Marlon and Denise Johnson, Central States Conference family ministries directors, and their team of area coordinators were delighted that many of the conference pastors and spouses as well as conference administrator couples were in attendance.

Couples were challenged to be ambassadors of marriage and share the message of metamorphosis to couples in their sphere of influence. We hope to have several mini-marriage retreats throughout the conference in the coming months.  

Information supplied by Denise Johnson, family ministries director for the Central States Conference.