Much of what we do through Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc. is measured against how it would have affected me when Bob and I were divorced, and then after we remarried.
We receive many notices of spouses coming home each week. From that joyful date, it is going to take the couple about two years to heal the hurts, forget that other person, and to reconcile. Only then will they be ready to help other couples. We will never knowingly harm a struggling couple by publishing a premature restoration report. We hear of too many prodigals who leave again, because too much was being said.
These pages are not intended to be a report of all Rejoice restored marriages. Neither are they trophies for this Ministry. They are published to give you hope and encouragement.
“I had an affair of three months, got pregnant and my husband divorced me. At first he wanted to work things out with me and even raise the baby. I was selfish and made bad choices and chose the wrong path for a short time. We were apart for some time and I was getting my life back on track with God. The Lord has healed and forgiven my sins. Thanks to Him, my husband and I are remarried. He is amazing and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Never give up!” (USA)
"Your ministry has had an impact on building my faith and standing for my husband. I am from Sri Lanka and my husband left me. My Lord took over as I called to Him in the day of trouble. I sought the Lord with all my heart and He began speaking to me through the scriptures. I journaled everything and He even told me from Psalm 81 that I could rejoice. My prodigal walked through that door and we are now working things out together in the Lord's paths." (Sri Lanka)
“I came to your site searching for help when I found out how the devil was working out plans to destroy my marriage and family. Being a Christian, I did not know how to handle this but I am grateful to the Holy Spirit who guided me as I was encouraged, taught and strengthened to face the enemy. Despite a divorce some years ago, my marriage has been restored. We were remarried in February this year according to what our Great Lord had planned. 2013 is the year for change, new start and restoration. I have seen how God accomplished what He had started. To everyone in the same situations, please I beg you, don't lose hope. It was very difficult but great victory is assured in the mighty Name of Jesus.” (Mauritius)
“So much has happened since I started my stand several months ago, and I give God all the glory for it. First, I forgave and began walking in love towards my spouse, and that in itself is a miracle, for our situation was so bleak and hopeless. My spouse responded, literally overnight, with a phone call, which turned into many more phone calls, texts, and finally he came to help out with the kids more, and even started eating supper with us. Then he told me he loved me, missed me, and that he didn't know how he'd ever get over me, PTL! He put the divorce on hold, and the OW moved away and no longer works with him. And then today he told me he made an offer on some land to build us a new house! He still needs to be saved, but God has done a tremendous work on his heart thus far and I know He will bring it to completion. Keep standing on God's promises, forgive, walk in love, and give God all the thanks, and your miracle will happen too! Thank You Jesus!” (Texas)
“When I first found Rejoice Marriage Ministries, my husband had left. I prayed and fasted. It was a difficult time. But then "suddenly" my husband came home with conditions. I said OK and slowly the Lord began to change him and showed him the truth without me having to say or do anything. The Lord handled everything and in 2008 we came back to our original home. It is now 2012 and you can’t imagine how much the Lord has blessed us. My husband is the most wonderful man in the world and he is totally different from what he was. But I believe we would not be where we are today had we not gone through this trial. Please don’t lose heart in your stand. God will bring your prodigal home.” (Texas)
"Although my husband never left our home physically, he left emotionally and spiritually. He left the church. He talked badly about Christians. He had started pursuing other woman and told me he no longer had feelings for me. He was looking for somewhere to go. Since he wasn't able to leave, I was able to stand with him still under our roof. God has taught me where I was wrong as well as shown me how to be patient and trust Him to restore my marriage. A few days ago my husband told me I am the love of his life and that he needs me in his life. He has returned to church and is allowing God to work in him. He acknowledged that he knows our marriage was saved because of my prayers. Every day God gives us something new. There are still battles, but we are winning the war. The love we now share is a new one and a growing one." (California)
"I am praising God. My husband is wanting to come home. I thank God for this trial, for I have grown so close to Him during this time. We have a long road ahead of us, but with God as the center of our marriage, we cannot fail. I am so thankful for the many blessings God has given to me and my family." (Georgia)
“Praise God, my marriage is reconciled. Thank you for your ministry, it has kept me going! I wouldn't have made it otherwise!” (Texas)
“My husband and I have been divorced three years. I had no thoughts of reconciliation because our marriage had been very troubled. But God! The Lord began to work and cleanse my husband during this period. He drew closer to Christ and began to pray for our broken marriage. Recently, I found Rejoice Marriage Ministries and I also began to pray for a new marriage. Praise God we have reconciled! We are more in love than we ever were and we will remarry soon. Best of all, my husband now has a real relationship with Christ. He now has rejoined our church and we attend as a family.” Restored in Ohio
“Thank You Lord. My husband had returned for a month but then left us again. We were devastated and could not understand why the Lord would bring him home just to leave again. Two weeks after he left he returned back a totally different man. I now understand God was still working on him and me. We pray together every night along with reading the Bible. Please don't ever give up. I was about to do just that the week before he returned. Please remember to only listen to God. I had many friends that week strongly telling me to give up and move on. Thankfully the Lord gave me strength to continue praying and standing. Thank You Lord for continuing to help our marriage. Always remember to put the Lord first and trust Him.” (Florida)
“I was a stander for several years. My husband came home. He has a son from this time in the wilderness. The child has become the apple of my eye through the strength and guidance of my Lord Jesus Christ. If it weren't for this separation, I would have never given my life to Jesus Christ. My husband and the world were my first priorities; not my Savoir Jesus Christ.” (Texas)
“He is home! Praise the Lord, my precious husband is home. After several months of separation and an OW, God moved in my husband’s heart and mind. His eyes were opened to see the truth. I loved him unconditionally and cried out to our Lord. This journey was unbelievably hard but it changed me and my marriage for the better and right into God’s arms. Standers don't you dare give up. I wanted to many times and I would have missed out on this beautiful blessing and testimony.” (Florida)
"Praise the Lord. After a year of separation, my prodigal has returned home. We still have much work to do, but the words of Jesus Christ rings within my heart, 'Peace be with you.' (John 20:19). Thank you Bob and Charlyne for standing for Jesus Christ not just in marriage, but in life." (Georgia)
"My husband left home. Our son had cancer and was in treatment at the time. I moved away with my son. I was not going to let my husband keep doing this to me, I thought. The Lord really began working on my heart and my commitment to the covenant I made with Him and my husband. I moved back, repented, forgave, and prayed. I found Rejoice Ministries on the Internet and thought this was crazy, but soon realized very biblical. Many discouraged my stand. Our son was healed and encouraged me to keep praying for Daddy. My husband broke off the other relationship. He went to church earlier this year and began coming back to the Lord. I asked him out on a date. We were separated four years. He moved home in September. He is going to Promise Keepers tomorrow. God has restored our marriage and family. It is wonderful when a Prodigal comes home. They are thankful and you understand and are grateful. God gave us the privilege to stand. Thank you for your ministry." (Canada)
"Praise God. Here I am again! This time with an even greater testimony. I submitted a testimony of thanksgiving a few days ago, even though my marriage had not been restored. I was encouraged to do that by reading another stander's testimony. I have been standing for some months and the day after my last submission to RMM, God came in with a mighty wind of restoration and divine intervention! I now know that my marriage will be completely restored and be better than ever. We walk by faith and not by sight. A thankful heart says God I trust You even though I don't understand it all. I know You love me and will carry me through. Be encouraged standers - the best is yet to come. Believe. Ephesians 3:20.” (Connecticut)
“Thank You Lord. My husband came home on Valentine's Day. We still have a long way to go for healing and rebuking princes and principalities, but at least, my other half is standing with me at home. That's a huge part of the battle to victory. Please keep praying for us to regain the honor and level of respect that we should have for each other as spouses.” (Illinois)
"God has restored my marriage. After no communication, my wife called to tell me she had made me a birthday cake. She was also going to cook dinner for me. She accidentally set her kitchen on fire and asked if she could come and stay with me for a few days. Days turned into weeks. She said she loves me and wanted to start over again. The Lord has totally restored her love for me. I am still in a state of shock. I praise the Lord." (Ohio)
"Through following God's Word, and staying in faith, this weekend was a breakthrough. We are now talking of re-marriage and doing it right this time, with Christ as the center of our marriage. Praise be to God." (Louisiana)
"My wife and I were re-married in August and we are on our way to a restored marriage. Thanks for all of your help and encouragement. There have been a few bumps but I'm so positive we will make it this time. I continue to read Charlyne Cares every day. Nothing is impossible!" (Texas)
"My prodigal came back and we have been living together many months now as a family. I know that God is in control and is continually working on my husband. Even when I told God I was giving up, He would inject my prodigal into my life again, to remind me to stand firm. Thank you Bob and Charlyne. Without you, my family would still be broken." (Texas)
"My husband has been home for a few months. God has blessed my family and bringing my husband and I into unity. We have been working on our marriage. He was home for Christmas. I am thankful to God for not letting me give up on my marriage." (Oklahoma)
"After a year of turning his back on his Lord, my husband returned to the Father and to our family. We are in a new town, away from where all the pain happened and able to start a new life. We still need much prayer. However, the blessings have been great and I know God will continue to heal our marriage." (California)
Praise God for His faithfulness. My husband left to start a new life and filed for divorce. Suddenly he called, wanting to start again. Papers were filed to stop the divorce and he is moving back home in a week. I know that God has a lot of work to do in both of us, but I know He will complete the work He has begun to resurrect our dead marriage. This ministry has been such an encouragement to me all this time. On days I thought I couldn't go on or thought I was crazy to believe my husband would come back, I gained new hope." (California)
“I want to praise God for my suddenly. My husband and I have been separated for a few months. It was devastating but I knew from the moment he left this was not God's will. God clearly reassured me He was in control and He would restore. My husband began texting me ‘I love you’ and other encouraging things. He sent me an email to tell me he wanted to work on our marriage. Last week he told me his landlord was letting him out of his lease (PTL) and when I asked where he was going he said that was not up to him. I told him he could come home. PTL he agreed to this and will be moving home soon. I am so blessed! GOD is so good! I could just praise Him all day long.” (Illinois)
“PTL, my wife came home yesterday. She left me and our children some months ago. Having her call me yesterday to get a U-Haul so she can come back home was the greatest gift I ever received. The last few weeks have been the worst we ever had since the separation. As a stander I did my best to keep the faith; it was hard. So many times my faith wavered and I feared that I was going to lose my wife. After listening to Charlyne’s CD about faith as small as a mustard seed, I went to the store to buy a bottle of mustard seeds. I put them by my kitchen window the night before my wife called to come home. Just know that through God anything is possible. Never give up, no matter what your mind or your feelings tell you. God is working on your spouse as soon as you asked Him too. It would have been so easy for me to give up on my wife, but my love and trust through Jesus and the Holy Spirit saved my marriage. We still have a long road to go, but we just started our journey for the rest of our lives.” (Virginia)
“After being separated from my husband for some years, I didn't want to pray him back and I felt terribly sad when I heard of the OW. But the Holy Spirit instructed me to pray for marital restoration. I was reluctant at first but I stumbled on this site the following day and I was encouraged. I decided to stand for my marriage. Shortly after, my husband sent me a message praying and thanking me for being a good mother to our kids. I felt it was one of the numerous false starts but to God be the glory, our story has changed because my husband is home and the other woman has finally decided to leave him. Praise the Lord!” (Nigeria)
“My patience and prayers have been answered. Thanks to God, the support of your group and the strength from God to remain patient, tolerant and loving toward my ex-wife, we remarried in our parish church in February, on our original wedding date. Our divorce was final in June of last year and by November my ex wanted to cut off any further contact. Then miraculously, only days later, she was moved to return and wished to put our marriage back together. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Praise the Lord our marriage has been restored.” (Michigan)
"I was just about ready to give up this past Summer. I had been standing for 15 months. I had the divorce papers ready to type up and the typewriter jammed and would not type! A friend of mine gave me the name of Rejoice Ministries. I called them and decided to pray for my marriage to be restored (at the time I was very angry and disappointed in God). I kept going to the meetings and praying scripture having only faith that the Word of God would not return void. I prayed Scripture for myself too. I felt a change in me."
"As Charlyne teaches, our stand should continue till the day we die. Don't give up - your miracle could be just around the corner. God will honor His Word. I nearly gave up and would have missed out on the good relationship my husband and I are now enjoying."
I took off from work and the two of us moved all of their belongings back to our apartment. The Lord has been healing our relationship every day. I praise God for His miracle of restoration." (Oklahoma)
"My husband and I are entering our ninth month of restoration. Three years ago he began an affair. Thus began my schooling from the Lord of how and why to stand for our marriage. At one point we were within hours of being divorced. All the while the Lord kept encouraging me that this was only the shadow of death not the real death of our marriage. At times the grief was almost unbearable, but the Lord faithfully walked me through each hard day and always provided everything me and our three children needed. Three years and two false starts for home later, I can say the Lord has healed, strengthened, and set our 19 year marriage on a strong foundation. He used Rejoice Marriage Ministries so powerfully to help us. Thank you forever." (Arizona)
“Jesus is ALIVE! My husband and I have been married to each other twice. We had been separated for over two years and were heading for divorce again when the Lord appeared to me in a vision and asked me to fight for my marriage. At this time my husband had moved on and we were not communicating so it looked impossible. I prayed and fasted and cried and almost gave up a few times when I would hear stories from the other side. God surrounded me with His love and taught me to love unconditionally. I developed an intimate relationship with Christ that would never have occurred were it not for this situation. He encouraged me with dreams and more visions and I stood my ground. The more I prayed, the worse things seemed to get; my husband got engaged to the OW. But I trusted God and laughed at the enemy. I knew I was on the winning team with Christ. Six months after I started standing, my husband called me and said he was coming home. God's Words are the surest prophecies. Trust in God always!” (Arkansas)
"I want to thank you and praise the Lord for my husband coming home. We still have a lot to work on. but he is back in the house. This morning he left for work and told me he loved me. Praise God for all he has done in me and my spouse. Thank you Lord for bringing him home. I pray that my husband will find God himself. Thank you again for your Charlyne Cares and the web site." (Oregon)
"After four years of standing through trials and tribulations, my husband is home. Praise God. On Sunday at church God told me that it was granted and my husband came home this week. I give all of the praise to God because through all of this I became closer to Him and I am thankful for all of it. My family is back together for the Holidays and many more to come. Thank you, for your words of encouragement, love, and support. My prayers will continue to go up for those standers still waiting. God answers prayers, Amen." (Texas)
"My husband came home, thanks to many prayers. I, as well as others, had prayed for the Lord to send someone to speak with my husband and the Lord used several. One of my prayers has been for us to worship together again. When he returned to church with me, the front of the bulletin had a picture of a married couple with a scripture from Psalms." (Georgia)