Love is worth fighting for—that is the notion Kirk Cameron will encourage people to believe in this weekend.
As the featured speaker of the Feed Your Faith “Love Worth Fighting For” tour, which focuses on those who are struggling in their marriages, Cameron is traveling across the country to help audiences realize their personal and spiritual relationships are indeed valuable.
The tour will visit Ashburn—one of 35 stops—Saturday, July 28, at the Christian Fellowship Church. Starting at 6 p.m., Cameron, who is most-known for his role as Mike Seaver on the 80s and 90s TV show Growing Pains, will embark on a three- to four-hour journey with those in attendance to strengthen their relationships.
“It is a time for you to spend with your spouse—to laugh together, to cry together, to learn together and to learn that your marriage is something worth investing in, worth treating and protecting, and worth fighting for,” Cameron said. “It is a great night of fun and learning. You might even shed some tears together as you think about how important you marriage and your family is.”
Likewise, Christian Fellowship Church Pastor Fred Clark hopes community members’ relationships will benefit from Cameron’s speech.
“We are praying that [Cameron’s] words will encourage people to know that the commitment they make before God is worth fighting for...encourage them to hang in there,” he said.
The premise behind the tour stems from the storyline of Fireproof, a 2008 film featuring Cameron, who plays a firefighter who sees his marriage go up in flames. However, his character uses a 40-day experiment, “The Love Dare,” to save his relationship.
“We have taken that movie and made it into a live event,” Cameron said.
Alongside Cameron, Warren Barfield, who wrote the theme song for Fireproof, “Love Is Not A Fight," will serve as the musical guest during the event, while his counterpart leads a discussion about spouses coming to terms with each other.
“The whole night is kind of a mixture of music, of honesty, personal stories, along with some deep insight and teaching from the Bible on the subject of the most important relationship on the planet,” Cameron said. “We will be talking about faith. We will be talking about not changing your husband or your wife…Talking about things that will take down a good marriage and how to wage war against those things and protect those things.”
Married for 21 years—which he said is more like 200 in Hollywood time—to wife Chelsea Noble, who played Kate MacDonald on Growing Pains, Cameron is well versed on the subjects of relationships and family. The couple has six children together.
“I am going to be sharing some stories about my marriage and family, and Warren [Barfield] does as well,” Cameron said. “Chelsea and I have a unique marriage in Hollywood…so many get married and divorced and remarried—switching spouses so often. We know what it is like to be challenged in marriage.”
However, the event isn’t only meant for married couples. Those who are thinking about getting married will learn about how to begin a relationship on the right foot. “Couples that have been separated and divorced come to the event and decide to get remarried again,” Cameron added.
Diane Catinella, Clark’s administrator, said although she is single, she is attending the event. “I still want to hear what he has to say because I feel it is so important to keep marriage strong. If it should help me get remarried again, I am all for it,” she said.
After all, Cameron believes marriage is the building block of families, with family resting at the heart of society and the nation. However, maintaining such a relationship requires work.
“It is really about understanding that marriage was designed to be something beautiful and heavenly, but it comes with instructions,” Cameron said. “The very first instruction is to get your own heart right, and to get your own heart right with God. It’ll give you a source of strength and vision and an ability to get through the hard stuff—without that, you are at a tremendous disadvantage.”
By setting aside a few hours for the event—away from distractions, such as work and children—couples can focus on their marriage “and then be able to talk about things that are really going to help you day to day, so that as time goes on, your marriage gets better not bitter,” Cameron said.
The event costs $22.50 per person and is open to any person who wishes to attend. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cfellowshipc.org or at the door. Christian Fellowship Church can hold just under 2,000 occupants. As of Friday, about 1,000 people had signed up for the event.
Christian Fellowship Church—which is located at 21673 Beaumeade Circle in Ashburn—also offers a variety of other marriage strengthening programs. To learn more about them, go to the church’s website.
For more information about Feed Your Faith, go to www.feedyourfath.com.