Focus on the Family’s Global Partnership serves families in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Change. Crisis. Communication. Conflict. Families all around the world may not look the same or speak the same language, but they face many of the same challenges. Focus on the Family’s international ministry was born out of the desire to respond to those families in their own language and cultural context, with the same trusted services and compassionate advice that families have come expect from us throughout 40 years of ministry.
Focus on the Family’s first international office was created in British Columbia, Canada, in 1984. Shortly after that, the first translations of Focus material were radio programs created to serve the Spanish-speaking families living in the USA. In 1991, Jim Daly began serving as a Field Director for the international offices and Focus’ international outreach began to take shape as the worldwide presence it is today. Now the Global Partnership is made up of offices in Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan, along with partners in ministry from another 60 nations. This partnership reaches millions of people every year through radio broadcasts, social media, counseling, products and events. Some of these are very similar to what is available in the USA, and others are tailored specifically to their audience.
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Listen to Jim Daly talk with Tom Doyle about the persecuted church, and hear more about how Focus on the Family is involved in helping these families.
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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
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.
There are thousands of children in South Africa that return from school to find no parents in the home. In cases where these children are the oldest of a sibling group, responsible for younger children in the home, it is officially labeled a “child-headed household.” Imagine the uncertainty and pressure on a 12 year old child to care for siblings. What would they eat? How would they attend school? What would hold the family together?
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? The team in South Africa has brought peace to the chaos with their Tales of Hope program. Tales of Hope makes an immediate difference by providing school supplies, school uniforms, meals, and a Bible for these child-headed households. The children also get to meet regularly with a care provider and mentor. Young people begin to understand that they are not alone, that they have someone who cares for them. They build a community, and they learn that they have purpose and the hope of a better future. And providing for some of the material needs takes the pressure off being the sole provider in the home, so that they can focus on their studies. Tales of Hope is making an immediate difference for some of the most vulnerable children in South Africa, but the program also sets young people up for success in the future, to break the cycle of orphans and abandonment.
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.
Providing counseling ministry, radio outreach, resources and events that serve the Canadian audience. They also offer Hope Restored marriage intensives at three different retreat centers in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.