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FORTIFIED MARRIAGES MINISTRY

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Religion

Mission: To fortify marriages by helping people to understand the Biblical principles that will build strong marriages and families.

Results: Many thousands of people have been helped through seminars, couples small groups, counseling, and ministry building.

Target demographics: strengthen marriages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2937 people

Geographic areas served: Chandler, AZ, in the US, Africa, Latin America

Programs: small group resources, marriage enrichment events.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted a great marriage but didn't know how to change the things that were keeping us from that goal. That's where the Fortified Marriages Ministry came in the picture. We met with Chris and Carmen to discuss issues and we worked through Chris' book, "Fortified Marriages" to learn the tools necessary to turn our marriage into a "fortified" marriage. Chris and Carmen made themselves available between session to answer calls and give encouragement. Chris and Carmen truly have a heart for couples struggling to make their marriages more pleasing to God. We highly recommend this ministry to anyone who desires to have a great marriage.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By way of introduction, we are Junius and Cynthia Gailor of Liberia, West Africa. We are Founders and Directors of the One Flesh Family Ministries Int’l, a ministry established in 2010 to minister to families primarily in Liberia and the USA.
Since the inception of the OFFMI ministry, the Fortified Marriages Ministry has been the most supportive organization to assist us in the realization of our dreams and goals to minister to families, especially in Liberia, a country where families were traumatized by 14 years of civil war. Chris and Carmen Garner of Fortified Marriages Ministry have consistently partnered with us over the years and have selflessly supported us from their meager resources in the following areas: literature; audio/video materials; securing AACC scholarships for us to attend AACC International Conferences for the past five years; travelling to Liberia more than once (at their own expense) to participate in Couples and Family conferences convened by OFFMI Ministry.
Chris and Carmen have certainly been a blessing to our Ministry; and we are convinced that their Ministry is the vessel God has chosen to assure us that He wants us to continue ministering to couples and families in Liberia.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris and Carmen are totally dedicated to growing healthy marriages. We have participated in, and facilitated, Fortified Marriage classes for many years. The couples that we have taken the class with, and those that have gone through with us, have been so richly blessed by the book's content and activities. The content of the book is comprehensive and in-depth. It really provides for healthy exploration of what God expects from us in a Christian marriage. This is one book that we continually refer to in developing and refining the various aspects of our marriage relationship. We cannot speak more highly of the authors and their ministry!

Mike M.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chris and Carmen Garner are committed to seeing healthy families and marriages through Fortified Marriages. Fortified Marriages has helped so many couples that believed there was no hope in their relationship. Fortified Marriages regularly has a training at our church for families and couples. Their insight and passion to see God move and heal broken relationships is what separates their ministry from others. Their Fortified Marriages conference is so practical and applicable for all to attend. I highly recommend Chris and Carmen’s Fortified Marriage conference for your church. Chris and Carmen are one of a kind!

Craig J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fortified Marriages, has been a great help to my wife, Judy and I, we met the Garners at church, and they invited us to attend a Fortified Marriage class in their home. The course lasted several months, we met other couples eager to help fortify their marriages to. Judy and I have grown in our marriage, because of the teaching and interaction with the Garners and others in our class. Judy and I highly recommend, the fortified marriages ministry, we know it will not only strengthen marriages but it could save a lot of marriages from divorce This is a Christ filled ministry and I highly recommend it ..Craig Jones.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our marriage was going down the tubes. We were on our 39th year and needed help desperately. Fortified Marriage, Chris and Carmen, saved our marriage!!! Now we are on our 43rd year of marriage and we love each other more than ever! Fortified Marriage is a fantastic help to married couples!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tom & I had been married for 38 years, but it was really tough being together. He was too friendly with the women & I was always suspicious. A lot of our marriage was in silence. They say not to fight at night.....we always fought at night. We were separated for quite a while, because of Facebook and had just gotten back together, but it was not working. So I asked a friend if she knew someone I could go to for counseling. I was DESPERATE and Tom was not interested in going. Our friend had a "Fortified Marriage" business card & gave me their number. I got Carmen on the phone & she was AWESOME! She was honest, but sweet. She was understanding, but firm. She was my life line.....no exaggeration!!! We prayed and Tom agreed to go with me to counseling! It changed our marriage COMPLETELY!!! I would say the most important thing we learned was boundaries! It was hard to understand, at first, but our marriage was a testimony to no boundaries. When we later did the group counseling with 6 other couples...it really helped a lot! We weren't the only couple struggling. Chris and Carmen were so honest about their own marriage. There's a way to victory by having God and Chris & Carmen helping! We recommend Fortified Marriage all the time! Tom & I have been married 42 years now! Praise God!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fortified Marriages Ministry just concluded a six month program of weekly studies on Friday nights that made a difference in our lives. We enjoyed the opportunity to be challenged to grow along with several other couples who also wanted to enrich their marriages. We have discovered that when we are content to just go along with whatever life hands us and are never challenged to grow we tend to settle for average living. My wife & I have been blessed by participating in this class and would do it all over again given the opportunity.

Leslie C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband & I attended a Fortified Marriage Conference with Chris & Carmen. I was mortified as my husband & I did a role play & my husband told me he didn’t trust me in the area of money. We were able to work through this & today I help him pay the bills. This is huge! We learned about each other’s personalities & that helps us in many areas mainly not taking things personally. We are grateful for their transparency. It is helpful to know that they were struggling & that by surrendering themselves they can focus on the other person. That is being selfLESS. It is a team and I love being on my husband’s team. Thank you Chris & Carmen for all you do to make a difference in this world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fortified Marriages has a great ministry for not only marriages that are struggling and need help but for healthy marriages also looking for a boost. This ministry has the attitude and capability to help marriages whether it be through their books or in person. Highly recommended

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have gone through the Fortified Marriage book and classes about 4 times throughout our 30 years of marriage and we have grown each and every time! It is based on God's word and the lessons help strengthen our marriage in a variety of ways! This is by far, the best marriage class and reference we have ever used. We highly recommend Chris and Carmen's materials!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Chris through a divine encounter. I had seen his license plate inscribed "Fortified Marriages " in South Phoenix. I called him up, and started counseling with him. He has a
godly attitude and has helped me out a lot in my marriage.

Stephen Wistar