November 2017 Newsletter

 

“That’s a Wrap!” – TMIY Filming in New Studios

 

Earlier this year, Paradisus Dei moved into new office space in Houston, TX.  Among its many features – a chapel, a large multimedia conference room, expanded professional workspace, dedicated offices and storage – is a brand new, built-in studio. Large enough to house the TMIY set with room to spare, this studio was put to great use last week during the filming of two semesters of TMIY.

 

The studio includes a production room, a viewing room, and workspace for the production team.  All the spaces were humming with activity as Steve Bollman and crew filmed 26 sessions of TMIY in just one week. Not only did everything go extremely well, the onsite studio facilities resulted in improved production quality.

 

The filming introduced new content – including an entirely new Year 2 spring semester – updated existing content and “refreshed” the look and feel of That Man is You!   Set updates, interactive displays, lighting features and redesigned graphics are just some of the features the men currently in TMIY Years 1 (Becoming a Man After God’s Own Heart) and 2 (The Unveiling of Love) will experience this firsthand in the Spring Semester 2018!

 

The studio is just one example of Paradisus Dei’s commitment to bringing life-transforming programming to families at a fraction of the cost and time of “normal” production.  This studio, and the programming it produces, demonstrate the stewardship of funds entrusted to Paradisus Dei through the program appeals.  We thank you for your prayerful generosity and look forward to providing future updates on the continued studio build-out and usage.

 

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Discover Radiant and Valiant: engaging, faith-based periodicals for young adults

 

At tradeshows, events and on the phone, we frequently hear about the deep love and concern folks have for our young people, as well as the fervent hope that they will walk the path of faith.  Our Sunday Visitor recently released two new periodicals that will help them do just that – Radiant for young women and Valiant for young men.

 

These periodicals cover a range of current, life-impacting topics with a faith perspective, in a fresh and easy-to-read manner.  Further, each was designed throughout with their target audience in mind.  Beautiful covers, engaging articles and practical spiritual offerings come from compelling authors, each offering the reader unique reflections for their own lives. Radiant and Valiant are offered via subscription from Our Sunday Visitor, either quarterly or annually.  Gift subscriptions are also available.  These delightful periodicals are sure to be a hit with the young adults in your life.

 

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Registration Now Open for
The Choice Wine: 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage

 

Most married couples remember the time before their wedding as full of preparations.  Then the wedding and honeymoon come and go like a flash, and before you know it, the couple is re-immersed in everyday life.  So, too, are all the people who helped plan the wedding!  Many couples are left to answer the question, “so…what next?”

 

Whether or not this sounds familiar, and whether or not it took just days or years as a couple to ask that question, The Choice Wine is a great answer to the question, “so…what next?” Introducing the 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage, The Choice Wine teaches couples the steps to having the kind of marriage that God intended for them, from the beginning of time!  Consisting of nine sessions, The Choice Wine offers the flexibility to be done at the Church, in a small group meeting in the home of a host couple, as an individual couple or as a weekend retreat. And couples love it!

 

“You have to do it.  You absolutely have to do it, for your marriage, for your family.  It’s a must…”
-Participating couple, Baton Rouge, LA. Click here for video.

 

Paradisus Dei is accepting registrations for new groups for the Spring of 2018.  Getting started is easy.  Click Here, choose the format, and fill out the information on screen. We will be in touch to help you get started.

 

 

 

TMIY Hurricane Relief in Action

On August 30th, in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, Steve Bollman emailed the entire TMIY network requesting assistance for Houston-area TMIY families that were impacted. We had no idea what to expect.

The response was overwhelming.

More than  $150,000 poured in. Even a group of military servicemen in Germany sent in a donation.  Incredible.  Most of these funds have been distributed, providing much-needed relief and hope to impacted TMIY families.  The video shows just a glimpse of the difference they made.

This hurricane relief effort is a shining example of Covenant 2/Step 2  – Use Money for Other People.  It made an incredible difference in the lives of those who received it.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

The recovery from Hurricane Harvey will be a long-term process for those impacted. And of course, Hurricane Harvey was not the only disaster experienced in recent months.  Let us continue to lift up those impacted by these events in powerful prayer.

 

Incredible Growth From A Mustard Seed

We are all familiar with the parable from Matthew’s Gospel wherein Jesus tells us “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field.” This seed is often used as an analogy for the work we undertake with faith that God will help a good thing grow.

And indeed, here at Paradisus Dei, we have witnessed increasing faith bearing great fruit. This fall, we will reach a milestone: 100,000 men who have taken part in TMIY! Think of the population of a healthy-sized city where every single person had grown in their relationship with the Lord!

The growth of the mustard seed is not the end of the story, you know. Christ goes on to tell us “it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” In other words, the seed does not stay the same – it becomes a tree that is a home for others.

Similarly, the many men, women, and young people who have been transformed by Paradisus Dei programs are changing the world around them. Men are becoming better leaders, resulting in healthier relationships with God, their wives, and their families. Marriages are becoming more joyful, thus strengthening the family and their wider community. Young people are finding the answer to tough questions, entering adulthood with the seeds of faith.

Paradisus Dei is not only concerned with learning about the faith—though that’s important too. It is about helping people around the country discover the superabundance of God. 100,000 is a great start, but it doesn’t begin to reflect the number of people who have been touched by loved ones who have attended our programs.

We hope and pray that 100,000 is just the beginning!

If you are ready to start your parish’s journey with one of our programs please let us know by email at info@paradisusdei.org.