The following pages contain testimonials given by real WWME Encounter couples. They are collected from TV, newspapers and the directly from couples who wanted to share the excitement from the changes they experienced on the weekend.
We encourage you to come on a weekend and see what the excitement is all about.
The idea to write letters every day originated with Alton after they attended a Worldwide Marriage Encounter® weekend—a program that teaches couples how to make good marriages better by improving communication. "We had written love letters spasmodically for several months," Alton says. "But I could tell from the love letters that it wasn't getting everything across I had seen in the couple that had taught us."
Steve and Rosemary Trettel were married in 1962, but they act like newlyweds. The Milford couple hold hands, gaze into each other’s eyes and giggle at private jokes. After 47 years of marriage, what’s their secret?
We thought we had a great marriage but we went to the weekend to appease Tricia's sister. We went with an open mind, but with all the skepticism in the world. Halfway through the second day we felt the power of the holy spirit in full force, and even now can't believe how much it's changed our lives. It was absolutely the most amazing thing we have been through. We started this off with us "thinking we had a great marriage" and that's all it was, a thought. We owe our marriage and our new lives to WWME, our love is so much deeper than anything we could have imagined. God Bless.
The ME Weekend was unbelievable, and we cannot believe that ME has been around for so long. As others, we were considering the option of separation, when I noticed an ad in the local paper. The weekend was nothing like we expected, but much more than we could have imagined. We have decided to stay together and to continue to dialogue. John has even gone to church for the first time in years, and is the catalyst in a prayer before we retire each night. I thank the Lord for small miracles. Even our children have noticed the difference, and agree that the weekend was a miracle. God bless and keep all of those who are selfless enough to donatetheir weekends for others like us. We keep you in our daily prayers.
This weekend was truly GREAT for us. This is the Monday after, and I can see the difference in how I look at my husband. I am excited when he called today, and when he got home I immediately got off of the phone to greet him. I have a new found love and I am so excited about our new future together.
[We] have been married for 10 years, and have three children. We attended the ME this weekend, just 6 hours ago we were renewing our wedding vows with around 20 other couples. The ME Weekend was just what we needed for our marriage. In the last 10 years we've been through 10 major operations, amputation and a total knee replacement. All this had put our marriage to a test, and there were still stresses trying to tear us apart. The ME weekend helped us to open up to each other and therough dialoguing were able to put many of the hurts and doubts behind us for good! We now have the tools to take on the next 60 years!
This is a little different from the testimony that you asked for, but when I saw this page, I felt I had to write. My parents, Wes and Vicki Fach, made their weekend in 1981 in New Jersey, were a team couple for many years, and were execs in San Diego, CA. I thank God every day that my parents were encountered - their relationship has been a shining exampletto me and my siblings of what a marriage should be. They have been dialoguing daily for well over 10 years, and this communiciation has sustained them through many difficult times. A Marriage Encoutner Weekend was the greatest gift my parents ever gave their children. Thanks ME!
Words seem so inadequate to describe how the Marriage Encounter weekend affected me. The weekend was affirming, spiritual, uplifting, rewarding, emotional, fun, enlightening and much more. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to get so much out of it. My husband and I have known each other for over 12 years but it is amazing to find out that there is still so much more to learn and discover about each other through dialogue. The weekend has brought about a renewal of our commitment to each other and to building a stronger relationship within the sacrament of our marriage. It has also left me with a desire to promote and encourage other couples to become encountered. It is the greatest gift you can give to each other - a weekend of renewal and rediscovery!!
The first thing I realized was that I needed to tell Kristin that I love her, more often. I was shocked to find out how lonely she can feel, because I have always felt so close to her. Through ME our love has flowed right through her and we are now rays of sun, brilliant and piercing. We have always treasured our nation of two. We could not believe as the overwhelming presence of God flooded over us when our supporting couples came in singing that song. We were part of a community for the very first time. It was as if God reached out his hand and carried us away from all our doubts and fears. ME is love at first sight. We have never experienced anything so beautiful. As with our love, it is everything we never knew we always wanted.
We made our weekend almost 5 years ago, The greatest gift 2 people could ever give each other. Randy never completed his sacraments but on the weekend he made his first reconciliation and that following Easter He completed his sacraments. Tell me the Lord moves in mysterious ways. I can't thank Him enough. Our lives have never been the same. Our family grew with the addition of our ever faithful community and our new found Love, Randy, never wanted to go on the weekend, But now is the first to volunteer to give pulpit talks or do some sort of recruitment effort. Thank you Marriage Encounter for making my good marriage GREAT!!
Our ME weekend has been the most wonderful anniversary gift we could have ever given each other. Our busy schedules with work, children and outside activities were taking a large toll on our marriage. It seemed we were letting our marriage happen- and not making an effort to be involved in it ourselves. Since the ME weekend, we feel more in control of our family. We are making a more concentrated effort to maintain a much higher level of communication than ever before. Before the weekend, our communication level hovered at the Neanderthal level. We were living in the Land of the Lost. Now our love is rekindled, rejuvenated and energized. We are communicating on a much higher level and we actually like to listen to one another. At times we feel almost giddy with excitement for our new found friend- our note book! We look forward everyday to our evening dialogue, and the new discoveries we will make about each other.
It is Sunday night we are shutting down for the weekend. What an exhausting yet invigorating weekend. My wife and I enjoyed our ride home so much. I now know how she feels about so many things. Today is the end of our weekend but the beginning of the rest of our marriage. We are so pleased we went this weekend. We were skeptical at first but the walls came crashing down and the emotions flowed. I'm not sure I will have enough energy to go in to the office tomorrow. The weekend was that good!
My husband and I have only been married for three years, and we can say we do have a happy marriage. We attended wwme because we want to maintain a stable and loving relationship. Our generation seems to value marriage less, and give up more. We see our encounter as great 'maintenance'. Thanks to wwme encounter we realize and remember why we are married, and helps us to stay focused. We hope that in 50 years we will still be dialoging and sharing our love daily!!!!
Kevin and I recently attended a Marriage Encounter Weekend and I must say first of all that I am glad that I listened to God calling me to fill out the form to attend the weekend. After 21 years of marriage, Marriage Encounter has been another blessing in our life together. I believe this ministry is a valuable resource for married couples. The information and knowledge that Marriage Encounter provides is another tool that God leaves laying in our paths on our daily faith walks in life. Being aware and taking the time to reach for that tool is another wonderful opportunity and gift from the love of God. I encourage all couples to reach out hand in hand, together, for the gift that God has left for you.