Portales native to host two-day seminar

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

A family counselor from Harding University and Roosevelt County native is returning to Portales to lead a two-day seminar focused on families that are struggling with strife and dissention.

Joe Brumfield, a marriage and family counselor and professor at the Searcy, Ark. university will present Answers for Struggling Families Friday and Saturday at Becky Sharp Auditorium at Eastern New Mexico University. The seminar runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Hosted by the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ, the focus is to provide an outreach to community members, and help them find answers to overcome problems that they are struggling with, said David Bennett, minister, Third and Kilgore Church of Christ.

“It seems like family struggles are magnified, we are just trying to help. We were looking to do something different than a classic gospel meeting, we wanted to go beyond in-house and reach out into the community,” said Bennett.

In the planning stages for the past few months, the seminar seems to be coming to the area at a critical time. Recent events in the area have brought home the meaning of struggles that many families are suffering through, according to Bennett. Bennett hopes that this seminar will help to heal those wounds, he said.

Brumfield’s specialties include family relations, Christian counseling, child development, marriage and family therapy, said Bennett.

“It is a community service project to help families deal with difficult problems and issues,” said Brumfield.

How to fall in love with a spouse you can’t stand?, What do husbands really want from their wives?, What are 10 things successful families always do?, and How can I get my teens to talk?, are just a few of the topics that will be presented and discussed during the seminar.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to submit questions to be discussed and answered, said Brumfield.

“What we are trying to do is find questions that are most plaguing to people and try to help,” said Brumfield.

Each segment will last an average of 20 to 25 minutes, with a variety of subjects being covered. During the breaks, refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, a free lunch will be served to participants, said Brumfield.
The seminar will continue on Sunday morning at the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. The church has plans to continue providing outreach to the community with lessons that will focus on help for struggling families. The church will be offering classes for young families and empty-nesters. A class for young mothers will also be offered, focusing on building a healthy home, said Bennett.

“We want to share our common struggles and begin the journey of improvement through spiritual formation,” said Bennett.