About The Clearing


It all started when…

“If only we had known about intensives, I know we would not be divorced today”.

It was these tear-filled words from a young mother of two that convinced my late husband and me to actually DO something about the human suffering caused by divorce.

As physicians, we both had seen much pain in our careers, but agreed that no disease was as cruel or as pervasive in its generational scarring as divorce.

By the grace of God our own marriage, our eight children and our large extended family were all mercifully spared the agony of a broken home through the miracle of transformation only possible through the Holy Spirit.

The Clearing was founded out of tremendous gratitude, humility and a sense of calling to make these “miracles of transformation” available to as many other hurting couples as possible.

I believe my husband would be pleased with the legacy he left and the fruit that the Holy Spirit has produced through it so far. But so much more can and needs to be done. We see and feel the Holy Spirit’s presence in every intensive and sense His prompting to blossom and grow so He can  accomplish more.

We strongly believe that philanthropic dollars should be spent to address the root cause of our societal ills. Certainly, disintegrating families are upstream of the vast majority of them, giving credence to the statement,” As marriage goes, so goes the nation”.

We hope you agree and will join us in supporting The Clearing and its vital mission.

Margit Winstrom Riley

Wm John Riley (smiling from above)