Mourning Dove Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 870 Doe Hill Ln Roswell GA 30075 USA

Mission: To stop the legacy of divorce and dysfuntional families through Bible-based, proven theories of counseling and coaching.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mourning Dove Ministries was such an incredible blessing to our marriage. We received counseling during a very difficult time in our marriage and Mourning Dove Ministries not only provided wisdom and guidance, but we had hope for the first time in many years. After finishing counseling, our marriage was stronger and more "real" and not only that, but God began opening amazing doors in our lives and we've been truly blessed. Thank you Gary and Elvira!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a founding member of Mourning Dove Ministries, I was driven by the desire to help the many struggling marriages that I saw. That passion was driven by the changes that I had seen in my own marriage when others came alongside me and my husband to help us develop a stronger relationship. I want to offer that same hope to others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've been blessed to see miraculous changes in marriages by those who are committed to having a marriage that glorifies God and that provides a healthy legacy for their children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to increase the ministry's influence and ability to reach more couples who desire to have thriving marriages.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was the former Chairman of the Board of this amazing ministry. I am fortunate to have a close relationship with Gary Delaplane who I would also consider a great friend. MDM provides a counseling service that is unique and also very powerful for its clients. I have seen marriages transformed through their counseling.

From a divorce perspective, I feel strongly that my marriage would have been saved if MDM would have been around at the time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experienced healing through personal cousneling with Gary. Gary has helped me address some issues in my life and I'm thankful for helping me grow in my relationship with Christ.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

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Unlike any other ministry serving married couples out there, Mourning Dove Ministries provides a unique way of counseling because of their approach to meet as a couple with couples.
Gary and Elvira are personally committed to doing God's will and to influencing each couple they meet in ways that will be life-changing for them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a board member I saw first hand the dedication of Gary and Elvira which was inspiring in my own life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expose it to a broader audience

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first met Gary and Elvira in 2005 when we all were volunteering to mentor people in need at North Point Community Church. They were giving their professional expertise and helped so many. I am a member of their prayer team. I feel honored to help in this way. Both Gary and Elvira have unique strengths and talents and together there is not a better couple to counsel those in need. They glorify God in their approach and in their loving nature. The successes with many, many couples and individuals make Mourning Dove worthy of all contributions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been able to read the prayers that are praises to God to positive outcomes. All prayers are by first name or initials only since Mourning Dove is very confidential with its information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to expand the number of people Mourning Dove can help at one time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I can think of a single change.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes! Praying for positive outcomes enriches ones' life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I am just a small part, but think that God listens to all prayers. I am proud to be on their prayer team.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have served on the board for MDM since the inception and have seen the Lord's hand on every single aspect of this ministry. They are uniquely qualified to work with couples given their personal experiance, training, heart for ministry, and most all, being Christ centered. I too have been blessed in my marriage thru my association with MDM.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own marriage has benefited from the pracitical tools Gary and Elvira use in counseling couples.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change one item. They are 100% sold out to serve the Lord.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gary and Elvira helped my wife and I for our Marriage Intensive prework, which consisted of 8 hours of counseling. We got our money's worth of help within the first couple of hours! Their insight, counsel, listening skills, discernment is excellent. They have an easy-going manner, and are kind and non-judgmental. They are no strangers to deep, intense emotional pain, and can therefore speak with authority and by experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Gary and Elvira introduced my wife and I to needed communication and understanding skills that have since allowed us to discuss areas of need and pain that we have heretofore in 27 years of marriage never before discussed. While our marriage was not in any kind of crisis, Gary and Elvira have helped us move into new communication skill territory to help us go from "good to great," or at least, "much better!"

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I see no obvious areas or need for improvement in the counseling service that they provided us.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to this couple by a common friend when my wife and I were beginning a marriage ministry at our church. They helped us by leading an "Intimate Encounters" 10 week long workshop! While we did it to impact other cou[ples, it improved our marriage in major ways. We have since offered the same material in our church numerous times.

Knowing this Biblical approach is the basis of Morning Dove's ministry, I have recomended them to every couple I encounter dealing with maritial issues. The resulting impact on many of those couples speaks to the effectiveness of the ministry.

When Morning Dove moved from a part time to a full time ministry, I was asked to help by serving on the board of directors. I love this ministry because this is very much a heart felt calling for this couple rather than a carear in professional counseling. As a Board member, our challenge is to keep them from trying to do too much.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Refering couples to Morniung Dove and then hearing from them afterwards regarding the help provided. Also, my church, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga, not only sends referals but helps by contributing to the cost of the sessions because of the positive feedback from those referals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone the founding couple so they could be impacting even more marriages.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

from a friend

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Strengthening marriages couple by couple

What is its top priority in the long run?

Make disciple COUPLES because "it is not good for the man to be alone" Gen:2

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gary and Elvira helped my husband and I so much. I felt an immediate connection with them in our first meeting together. I love that the help wasn't just from the point of view of a man or woman only. It was one couple, helping another couple. Their experience in so many areas provided much useful wisdom for us. They knew what we were going through as they had been through it before and came out on the other side. They helped to renew our realationship. Their help changed the way we view each other and interact with each other. I would absolutely recommend Mourning Dove Ministries to any/every couple.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

grief/loss and marriage counseling

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

through North Point Church

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

My relationship with my husband has been encouraged!

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I am one of the co-founders of Mourning Dove Ministries which operated as simply a volunteer organization for the first four years of existence. The goal was to "come alongside" those who were grieving the loss of a loved one or who were struggling in their marriage. In 2006, MDM became a full-time counseling ministry supported by those who shared our passion for strengthening marriages. It has been a labor of love.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the results of healed marriages and the subsequent changes in the lives of countless children whose parents decided to fight for their marriage and family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand its influence in order to help more marriages through the innovative use of the internet, networking and other tools.

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