Donor Impact Stories
These remarkable journeys, empowered by faith and growth, were made possible with vital support from Communio’s donors.
Ryan and Lauren Casperaites were high school sweethearts who got married in 2012 after being together since they were 17. Lauren had a strong faith from being raised by her grandparents, while Ryan initially attended church to spend time with her. After the birth of their daughter Emma, Lauren fervently prayed for her family to find faith. Meanwhile, Ryan felt drawn to a church he passed daily, and after Lauren’s prayer, he suggested attending that church, Fellowship of the Parks (FOTP).
Upon visiting FOTP, the family felt a strong connection and eventually joined the marriage ministry. Attending a transformative weekend called Pursue Oneness strengthened their communication and conflict resolution skills, impacting their marriage and parenting. This experience inspired them to volunteer and later lead the ministry, helping couples prepare for marriage.
In the face of Lauren’s battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, their faith, learned skills, and support from their church community has been crucial. Their story also contributed to a cultural shift within the church, emphasizing the importance of marriage ministry for all couples. Fellowship of the Parks has actively embraced a Data-Informed, Full-Circle Relationship Ministry™ approach, strengthening marriages, growing their church, and positively impacting their community. The Casperaites’ journey showcases the transformative power of faith and learning, turning a good marriage into one that continually grows and thrives.