Bob and Charlyne Steinkamp met and married in the sixties in Pompano Beach, Florida where Charlyne still lives today, after Bob went home to be with the Lord in 2010. They are the parents of three children and have eight grandchildren, which are the love of Charlyne’s life, who all live locally.
Things were not always blissful for Bob and Charlyne. They separated several times throughout their marriage due to Bob’s anger issues and his unfaithfulness. Charlyne sought the counsel of her pastor and counselors who told her that Bob would never change and she was justified to divorce him. Charlyne filed for the divorce in 1985 after 19 years of marriage.
Charlyne’s heart had become hardened. She was angry and refused to forgive one more time and did not seek the Lord’s will. Shortly after the divorce, Charlyne heard the testimony of a couple with a restored marriage at her church. God touched her heart that day. Charlyne’s life was changed. Charlyne surrendered her heart and life to the Lord forever.
Charlyne asked Bob to forgive her for divorcing him and told him she would be praying and waiting for him to come home until she was 80 and in a rocking chair! Charlyne knew that she had given up on her husband and on God’s ability to restore their family. Two years later, in response to the prayers of a wife who had refused to give up on her prodigal husband, Bob and Charlyne were remarried, to the glory of God, who restored their marriage.
In 1989, the Lord led Bob and Charlyne in two ways that started the process of wanting to help other couples. Bob overheard a conversation in a hospital with a patient going through divorce. That night the Lord told Bob to write his first book, “Prodigals Do Come Home.” About the same time, Charlyne was led to approach their pastor regarding her burden to teach a Bible study for women standing for restoration of their marriage or praying for an unsaved spouse.
Since that time, Bob and Charlyne have written over 20 books on marriage restoration. Their testimony was dramatized worldwide on UNSHACKLED! from Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. They have appeared on TBN and have been interviewed on radio and television, and had newspaper and magazine stories of their testimony. Charlyne also hosts both daily and weekly Internet radio programs of her own.
Charlyne spends a great deal of her ministry focusing on, Charlyne Cares, a free daily email devotional written for hurting spouses. The Fight For Your Marriage Podcast, is a variety of messages from Charlyne and selected pastors and other speakers. The availability of these resources online has allowed people around the world to understand that God can heal their marriage.
The greatest accomplishment of the Ministry has been to help untold scores of men and women who have discovered a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
The second greatest accomplishment of Rejoice Marriage Ministries has been to witness couple after couple whose hopeless, dead marriages have been restored, even after divorce.
Charlyne teaches you to listen to God for His direction. Only He will have all the right answers every time. A person standing with God for marriage restoration needs to be talking to Him in prayer. Only the God can truly convict a wayward spouse to come home, to have their heart transformed, to stay home and to be a faithful spouse, with every family member serving the Lord. Your day-to-day instruction needs to come from the Holy Spirit alone.
Bob and Charlyne’s books are written, and messages recorded, to give you God’s faith, hope, love, healing of your wounded heart, and to encourage you to wait for God’s perfect timing for marriage restoration. The only book you really need to see your marriage restored is the Bible.
If you would like books and CDs to encourage you while you stand, you can find them in the Rejoice Marriage Ministries Bookstore.
You may have come to the Rejoice Marriage Ministries site searching for an answer to your family’s problem. The “something” you are seeking is really “Someone,” and His name is Jesus. Please contact us if Rejoice Marriage Ministries can help you discover the difference that the Lord can make in a fractured family. God Heals Hurting Marriages!
“‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws… Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’” Ezekiel 36:24-27, 36 (NIV)