SOURCE: Richmond Outreach Center
RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwire - Jun 6, 2012) - Across the nation, many states are experiencing high foreclosures and divorce rates, but Nevada leads the ranks in both of those areas. Huffington Post columnist Anna Cuevas said that it is no surprise financial issues and stresses are main reasons marriages don't last. According to her story, foreclosures can create both. Richmond Outreach Center Pastor Geronimo Aguilar agrees that rocky finances cause tension in a marriage, but so do other things, like a lack in faith.
"I counsel couples all the time who struggle due to their financial situation, and I always ask the same questions, 'Are you praying together? Are you reading your Bible?'" Aguilar said. "I say to the husband, 'Are you treating your wife like Jesus treats the church?' To the wife, I ask, 'Are you loving and respecting your husband like the Bible says?'"
Sometimes, a foreclosure is the breaking point in an already struggling relationship. Homeowners can try to prevent the foreclosure by renting out a room, taking on a second job or eliminating debt. Some couples may even qualify for a mortgage principal, refinancing or loan modification, depending on certain requirements. Richmond Outreach Center said another option for Richmond, Va. residents is to enroll in the ministry's money-saving classes. The class is open to anyone, especially married couples, wanting to learn how to better handle their finances.
"I know financial woes occur substantially, especially for married people, and the Richmond Outreach Center offers Financial Freedom classes, which help members discover God's plan for their money and also how to get out of debt," Aguilar said. "We have found this to be successful for many couples."
As couples try to recover from foreclosure, or any other financial burden, they really need to examine their relationship with God too. Richmond Outreach Center offers plenty of ministries and resources couples can use to strengthen not only their finances, but spiritual connection too. Dealing with a financial hardship or the possibility of losing a home is never easy, but it can be less stressful when couples come together and turn to their faith, Aguilar said.
"At the end of day, if a couple surrenders to the Lord and His will for their marriage, financial woes won't be cause for divorce -- they will be a catalyst for victory, peace and happiness," the Richmond Outreach Center pastor said.
The Richmond Outreach Center is a non-denominational church located in Richmond, Virginia that was formed in 2001. The church welcomes everyone who wants to learn more about Christianity. The ministry has helped people overcome issues through faith and a new sense of community. Richmond Outreach Center encourages individuals to stay educated, treat others with kindness and spread the Christian faith. For more details, go to www.theroc.com.