Richard knew the first time he saw Esther he was going to marry her. They married in 1969 and built a beautiful life together. Not every day has been perfect, and they have encountered challenges along their life journey. Searching for support, they learned about Retrouvaille and decided to attend a weekend event. They now support a ministry devoted to helping couples work through conflict and stay with one another. “Retrouvaille” (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The Retrouvaille Program is a weekend experience combined with a series of 6 to 12 weekend sessions over the course of 3 months. The purpose of the program is to provide marriages with the tools necessary to heal and thrive. The main emphasis of Retrouvaille is positive communication between husband and wife. Retrouvaille offers the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine their relationship in a positive light through communication.
Richard and Esther began their path of rediscovery in 2003 when they were facing relationship challenges. Richard and Esther attended Retrouvaille as a final effort to save their marriage where they gained the ability to understand each other’s feelings. The first weekend experiences and the follow-up work they completed over the following months opened their lines of communication; ultimately saving their marriage, family, and strengthening their relationship with their children. Richard and Esther continued to be active participants in the program and since were elected by Retrouvaille to be on The Board of Directors. Together, they have become weekend presenters for Stage 1: Encounter with Self and Stage 3: The Journey Ahead. Additionally, they deliver Post 7 and 8: Conflict Management.
Helping to save troubled marriages using compassion, open communication and forgiveness, is one of the Stewarts’ most precious and proudest accomplishments. When they deliver a seminar, relationships are positively changed. Together they appreciate and understand how God can turn their troubled marriage into one that helps bring healing and hope to other couples. Investing in others is a rewarding feeling for the Stewart’s.