REAPP Relationship Enrichment Workshops

REAPP stands for “Relationship Enrichment by Applying Preventive Principles”. REAPP offers training programs to develop and enrich personal relationships, because rich relationships are an important element of a fulfilled life.

REAPP- a global network

The REAPP relationship materials are available in many languages today. There are trained REAPP facilitators and trainers in many nations.

History of REAPP

Keith and Marilynn Hamilton, the authors of the REAPP training program, retired in 1989 after 41 years of pastoral and missionary work, 21 years of which were spent in South America. In 1991 at the age of 68, they became involved in the area of Marriage Enrichment. Having been prepared by the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (A.C.M.E, founded by Drs. David and Vera Mace) as trainers (instructors), they introduced Marriage Enrichment in South America. Three years later the Hispanic work took on its own identity as the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment of Latin America (Asociación para Parejas en Enriquecimiento Matrimonial de América Latina -- APEMAL).

In the next 14 years the Hamiltons had the privilege and joy of presenting more than 340 workshops in 26 nations of South America, Central America, North America, islands of the Pacific and Caribbean regions, and in various countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand to participants of some 80 nations. Their goal is to equip others who will multiply the workshops to the ends of the earth. Some of those couples and singles who have been trained as facilitators (Level 2), instructors (Level 3), and advanced instructors (Level 4) are now actively sharing the workshops in other nations and training more facilitators and instructors. This is the most exciting part! They thank God for each one of them.

Thanks to enthusiastic facilitators, their books have since been translated into more than 20 languages. These self-instructive books for couples were first formally published in Spanish by UNILIT, the editorial arm of Spanish House, in 1997. Their title is Creciendo en el Amor Conyugal, Tomos I y II. The first English edition of the two volumes was created in 1998, under the title of Growing in Marital Love, Volumes I and II. APEMAL adopted the name of REAPP (Relationship Enrichment by Applying Preventive Principles) when the books were translated into English.

Also in 1998 a team of instructors in Cali, Colombia, made an adaptation of the Marriage Enrichment materials so as to create the Taller de Relaciones Interpersonales Para Solteros (TRIPS), and the books were entitled Creciendo en Nuestras Relaciones Interpersonales, Tomos I y II (Spanish). A year later this material, too, was translated into English and became the Relationship Enrichment Workshop (REW) for singles. These books are entitled Growing in Our Interpersonal Relations, Volumes I and II.

The Authors

Marilynn was born in Indiana and Keith in Iowa. She completed her studies in sociology (B.A.) at Baldwin-Wallace College. Keith served in the Air Force during World War II and finished his studies in meteorology (B.S.) at the University of Chicago. Marilynn also completed her Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in Spanish Literature from Indiana University. Both spouses completed theological studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and are ordained pastors of the United Methodist Church. The Hamiltons are specialists in Marriage Enrichment of A.C.M.E. (new name: Better Marriages) and in 1999 were recipients of the Special Recognition Award of that international organization. They work extensively with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and all Christian churches and community groups.

Let many more people benefit from REAPP!

REAPP is a non-profit, volunteer driven program with the goal to be available to as many people in as many nations as possible. The development and translation of the teaching and training materials and the building of a bigger network requires moderate yet substancial funds that can only be covered through donations.

Please consider becoming a partner through your financial contribution. Even little amounts make a big difference.

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