Can there be Forgiveness and Reconciliation after Infidelity?
She was 17, a little more than a child bride, and eight and a half months pregnant at that. He had just turned 18. With their parent’s consent, they got married. Seven years into a love-filled marriage, it happened. He committed what in many wives’ eyes would be the unforgiveable: an extra-marital affair.
An outside child was born. The days that preceded his revelation to his wife were filled with bitter pills of despair, shame and fear. Even suicide seemed like a viable way out. How Maureen and Philbert Bailey survived those dreadful moments when the bottom fell out of their marriage 33 years ago is a story of the power of a praying wife, an enduring love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and second chances; a compelling story with practical advice from hard-learned lessons any couple struggling to find hope after infidelity will want to hear.
Dr. Philbert U. Bailey and Bishop Maureen Bailey, co-pastors and family counsellors of Pentecostal Gospel Showers are among a team of featured speakers who will share their story at this weekend’s Faithfulness: The Essence of Marriage Conference in the hope of inspiring couples looking for practical, professional and Bible-based advice on how to safeguard their marriage against infidelity and move from recovery to reconciliation.
Here are the event details
WHEN: December 12, 2015; Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Conference Room, Manpower and Maintenance Service Ltd, 1 Eureka Rd, Kingston 10
WHAT: The Faithfulness: The Essence of Marriage conference will be facilitated by a team of married couples who will bring practical experience to an extensive body of understanding of the dynamics of the marital relationship. The event is specifically targeted for couples in troubled marriages looking to recommit and fortify their marriage. It is also for those couples in otherwise solid, loving relationships who want to further enrich or ‘rekindle the passion’ and safeguard their marriage against infidelity.
WHO: Presenters’ Schedule
10:30 -12 noon Safeguarding your Marriage Against Infidelity
Presenters: Family Life Ministries Counselor, Kevin Bailey & Mrs Muriel Bailey
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Overcoming Infidelity in Marriage
Presenters: Pastors Paul and Dorrette Blake
3:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. The Importance of Recommitment and Reconciliation
Presenters: Philbert and Maureen Bailey
Break out Session – 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Husbands and Wives separate)
5:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Renewal of Vows Service (Open to all couples wishing to recommit)
WHY: Data contained in the most recent edition of the Demographic Statistics, which is published by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) indicates that Jamaica’s divorce rate has increased while its marriage rate is decreasing. In 2014, 2,410 divorces absolute were granted. The divorce rate in Jamaica is 13 in every 100 marriages. More than a half (53 per cent) of divorces granted were to persons who had been married for between five and 14 years. The data also indicates that 78 per cent of the persons who got divorced were married for fewer than 20 years. No doubt, Christian couples are among these statistics.
Organiser/Convenor of the Faithfulness, the Essence of Marriage Conference, Keisha Ann Thomas, thinks reconciliation is a better and possible option to divorce. Hence, the theme and purpose for this year’s staging: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
She notes that attendees at this weekend’s conference can expect practical, professional and Biblical advice on how to accomplish reconciliation after infidelity. She hopes that the event will renew couples’ faith in their marriage and help them gain a fresh start. “What I most want to see is a birth of healing and forgiveness for those whose marriages are damaged and who feel it’s over; for those whose marriages are working, this conference will also show them how to safeguard it against unfaithfulness,” she noted. To register for the conference, couples can call 934-1300/524-1103 or 442-2288. Single registrants are also invited.
Registration Cost: $2,500 per couple; Single married attendee: $1500
Light Lunch is included in registration fee.