Welcome to the GrayFamilyLife website! We hope you will find this site a helpful resource to reach couples and families struggling in today’s culture. Before we get too far along, let us tell you how we got involved with FamilyLife!
We would like to say that answering God's call to ministry was as easy as saying, "Here am I Lord, send me." But it really didn't happen that way. After several years of responsibility at church and other ministry efforts, God began to give us a great desire to help families and couples.
In 2000, we were called to help a young pastor reinvigorate an old church. Over the last 10 years the church has grown from 30 members to over 400 of which are mostly young families who have had no previous faith or church experience. Our Pastor quickly became overwhelmed with family counseling and asked us to journey with a couple who was experiencing challenges in their marriage. Not knowing how to meet their needs, we were looking for materials to help them when God led us to an old friend via Facebook who happened to be on missionary staff at FamilyLife.
Our friend recommended using one of FamilyLife's HomeBuilders small group studies;"Building Your Marriage to Last." We took this tool and began our great journey by working through that first study along with the couple. But as God would have it, the study not only helped the struggling couple, but had an amazing effect on us as well.
We then discovered the Weekend to Remember Getaway and attended our first conference in the fall of 2009. It was there on that Sunday morning as we listened during the "Staff Opportunities" meeting (which explains how to join FamilyLife staff), that God planted the seed of our calling. For years we felt God was calling us into some sort of full-time opportunity, but we each had an interest in other ministries. We felt the Lord wanted us to do something more, but struggled separately with the way He was leading. Finally during the Staff Opportunities meeting, we knew the united path to which God was calling us. That direction was FamilyLife!
For the next 2 years we volunteered with the Houston Weekend to Remember team and at many Getaways, and led HomeBuilders groups in our church. During that time God clearly confirmed that the call to full-time service was His will for our lives.
In the Fall of 2012, Fara did not return to her job as a school librarian, and Scott retired from his 23-year career with BP in January 2013. We completed raising the initial support necessary to enable us to move and report to FamilyLife headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 1st of 2013 and begin serving full-time in the ministries.
We believe what Psalm 127:1 says: "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it." We are committed to following His blueprints to build godly homes, to work diligently to touch the lives of people for Jesus Christ, and to be good stewards of the resources that God provides as we minister to families and couples through FamilyLife.
We hope your time spent on our website will be helpful and that you will find something of value. Please join us as we work to reach couples and families, one home at a time!
His for families,
Scott & Fara Gray