Focus on the Family's Global Partnership serves families in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Associate Offices in 12 countries deliver trusted Focus on the Family resources, such as Adventures in Odyssey, daily radio broadcasts, and The Truth Project to carry a relevant and effective message in different languages to different cultural contexts. The international offices also create their own programs, events, and resources to answer the specific needs of their audience. This makes each office look slightly different, but all of them are committed to the vision of Helping Families Thrive. Collectively, Focus on the Family's Global Partnership is creating an environment where husbands and wives are faithful to each other and committed to their children, where young people understand the value of marriage, where children are safe and have the tools to succeed, and where the love of Jesus Christ brings hope to hurting communities.
Immersion Program Inspires Students in Egypt
The three most important ways to lead people are by example, by example, and by example.
The quote above comes from Albert Schweitzer, a German missionary to Africa during the first half of the 20th century. The young people graduating from Focus on the Family Middle East's Christian Mind Institute are leading by example and creating ripple effects that stretch all across the region.
The CMI is a six-week immersion program that teaches young adults Christian worldview and biblical foundation. The students are taught how to engage the culture around them on social issues and current events with the foundational truths in the Word of God.
But the CMI is developing leaders who do more than just think the right way. CMI graduates lead the right way. When prospective students are asked why they want to attend the Christian Mind Institute, the overwhelming majority respond that they want to experience the change they see in the lives of those who have been through the institute.
Putting together a high-quality program is one measure of success, but putting a program together that produces high-quality people is perhaps the highest measure of success. Focus on the Family Middle East, based in Cairo, Egypt, is impacting the culture by equipping young people and challenging them to lead with integrity and with character that others will want to emulate.
Impacting the Culture
Focus on the Family's No Apologies curriculum is at the forefront in changing mindsets and behaviors of teenagers all over the world. No Apologies is a character-based abstinence education program designed to teach young people between age 12 and 22 the "truth about life, love, and sex."
No Apologies includes a purity pledge, and in a 2011 survey of more than 1,500 No Apologies students in Malaysia, 92% of students who had committed to sexual purity had kept the pledge. The study demonstrates how effective No Apologies is when it comes to changing the way young people think about self worth, abstinence, and decision making. In South Africa, for instance, 62% of children are born out of wedlock, and there are an estimated 2.1 million children who are orphans because of the AIDS virus. Focus on the Family Africa has used the No Apologies program to take the lead in promoting abstinence, not safe sex, as the route to curbing the spread of AIDS, and creating more stable family situations.
More than 2 million young people have taken the No Apologies purity pledge since Focus on the Family started using the program. Students everywhere are responding to the lessons on healthy relationships, understanding the media and advertising's affect on the culture, and avoiding the risks of HIV/AIDS. This is a powerful program centered around the value of each young person, character, and making a commitment to their future.
"Thank you for everything you have done to each and every life of teenagers in this world. You turned light to my darkness. After 16 years of misery, you have broke all that and gave me true Love. Thank you a thousand times."
-from a No Apologies student in South Africa
Another way Focus on the Family is reaching the culture is through radio. The advice and insights from Focus on the Family's daily radio broadcast have served as a starting point for much of the global ministry. Our radio programs are heard in around 120 countries, with an estimated reach of 238 million people. Some countries air the same broadcast that is heard in the United States, but several of the Associate Offices, such as Ireland, Australia, and South Africa create their own broadcasts with their own staff and guests. The radio offers an avenue to encourage hurting families by delivering Christian values and acclaimed family ministry to a worldwide audience.
Caring for Vulnerable Children
The AIDS epidemic in South Africa has stretched into every fabric of the culture. Economics, education, family culture, government, are all impacted by a staggering infection rate among adults, a disproportionate impact on lower-income population, and one death every 3 minutes due to the virus.
Focus on the Family's Associate Office in Durban, South Africa faces this reality every day. What does a thriving family look like in this culture? Or, perhaps more pointedly, what should matter to Focus on the Family Africa? One way for them to make a tangible difference in the culture centers around the AIDS virus. And they are doing just that by providing a home for 870 orphans each month.
The orphan care homes are spread out around the country, with each home serving 60-80 children. These children rely on Focus on the Family Africa for food, for shelter, for health care, and for school uniforms. And they are introduced to Focus on the Family values. It is an opportunity for Focus on the Family to break the cycle of disease and abandonment for AIDS orphans in South Africa.
Engaging families at every level
So much of Focus on the Family's international impact comes from meaningful family events. The Associate Offices use a broad spectrum of events to cultivate a significant connection to their in-country audience. Events such as Date with Dad, Father & Son Adventure Camp, Marriage Mentoring, and the Christian Mind Institute reinforce that connection. The events establish the Focus on the Family Associate Offices as organizations that care about their community, and create lasting memories for families to cherish together.
Your support of Focus on the Family is reaching families all over the world. We appreciate your support, but there is always more work to do. The opportunities are so great! Thank you for choosing to be a part of Focus on the Family's global outreach.
Focus on the Family Associate Offices:
• Costa Rica
• New Zealand
• South Africa