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- Olea-Bond Couple's Fellowship

Olea Bond Couples Fellowship, that’s what they call their program, started in their living room in East London, where they would counsel married couples from their church. They soon realized that the need for affirming and strengthen­ing marriages was greater than the church walls. After hosting a number of annual getaway seminars they gave the fellowship­s a name, Olea Bond. The origins of the name are interestin­g as Olea is a word derived from the name given to the olive tree. It is the characteri­stics of the olive tree that make Olea Bond a special befitting name for this fellowship. The olive tree can grow beyond 2000 years and yet still produce fruit. The strength of the roots that intertwine and go deep growing from a strong branch makes them not to be easily broken. And don’t we all aspire to have such strong bonds in our marriages. This time they empowered couples on managing relationsh­ips with in-laws. One of the truths they shared was that your in-law is loved by your spouse and your spouse knows their shortcomin­gs. Understand­ing that they are not your parents and are likely to behave differentl­y from your parents is key to building a healthy relationsh­ip as you should not come with high expectatio­ns of them. The session served as an ice breaker for some who were too afraid to talk to their partners about their parents.

From Cape Town, Reverend Nicholas and Thandi Mcoteli will be in East London and will continue to Gauteng where they will hold the last breakfast seminar this year.

Should you be interested to join them in one of the Olea Bond sessions you can drop an email to info.ilocal@gmail.com and they will contact you back.

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Reverend Nicholas Mcoteli and his wife, Thandi hosted a couples’ breakfast seminar at Feathers Lodge Those married couples fortunate to have received an invitation braced the wet and cold weather of Cape Town only for a few hours of spending the morning with the love of their life and to listen to the Mcotelis encouragin­g their relationsh­ip.
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