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The 2019 Adventist Conference on Family Research & Practice (ACFRP) took place from July 18–20 on the campus of Andrews University. The theme of the conference was “Families Then and Now: 100 Years of Family Research and Practice.”

Thursday evening began with the presentation of the inaugural Spalding Medallion for Lifetime Service to John and Millie (posthumous) Youngberg for their exceptional service in the field of family ministry. The Youngbergs began Family Life International in 1975, and it evolved over the years into the current Adventist Conference on Family Research & Practice.

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Willie and Elaine Oliver, directors of the Department of Family Ministries for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presented the inaugural Spalding Medallion for Lifetime Service to John and Millie (posthumously) Youngberg on Thursday evening, July 18.

Thursday evening was capped off by a challenging plenary session given by Trevor and Edith Fraser, family life facilitators and leaders, titled “You’ve Come a Long Way Baby: An Overview of the Family.” In this session, they explored the history of families over the past 100 years, particularly from cultural and societal lenses.

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In Friday morning’s practical plenary session titled “Win, Lose or Draw: Resolving Conflicts in the Home,” the Frasers explored the various reasons for family conflicts and provided excellent strategies for processing conflicts in healthy, growth-filled ways. The plenary was followed by five hours of breakout workshops. NAD Family Ministries co-director Pamela Consuegra commented, “This year’s research and practice workshops were all excellent—it was hard to choose which ones to attend.”

Trevor and Edith Fraser delivered their keynote address for the Adventist Conference on Family Research & Practice (ACFRP) on Thursday, July 18. The Frasers have been married for over 48 years and have spent much of their time in ministry as family life facilitators, leaders and presenters.

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