"I credit FWWI, Beauty for Ashes and the co-led groups for greatly changing my life and my family's relationship for the better. Over the past ten years since I first attended Cooper Landing with my wife. We encountered a gathering that was heartwarming, inviting and non-shaming, much as every BFA conference I've attended since.
The consequences of the harmful words I've caused my family and loved ones were realized. Some of the changes have been quite difficult for me and the responses when I listen closely to their feedback have been world changing. Daily now, I'm growing, because I can allow myself be present when hearing my sons speak of their inmost thoughts. I love it and appreciate that ability that FWWI has helped me to improve.
I can only say what I believe I've learned and actively practiced with the tools shared from that... to approach in an open way, with softer words, tone and manner towards my wife and family, as well as anyone I encounter."
"Before my time with FWWI, my story was a blurry, scary phantom. Now I'm quite willing to share it with you; with confidence and clarity. I will forever feel the warm, firm shoulders of friends whom I've made pressing beside me—who've listened with sincere interest. The key: SAFE PARAMETERS. Leaders in my groups have championed the safeguarding of my broken heart, lost dreams, and crushed identity.
I now love this person God created! I'VE FOUND MY VOICE! The messages (lies) that've floated through my head ever since I can remember are being ever replaced by the insightful, positive words of group friends and leaders. My favorite thing: the developing of skills of reaching into the brokenness of others so I don't have to watch them helplessly suffer!"