BURLESON, TEX. – At a time when it is difficult to physically be together, the men’s ministries departments from the Southwestern Union and its conferences felt the need to provide an opportunity for fellowship and inspiration for men. Stronger Together, a men’s ministries virtual gathering, took place on Sept. 5. The gathering, which was presented in English and Spanish, was live-streamed to the Southwestern Union’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
The event featured Mike Tucker, speaker emeritus for Faith for Today; Claudio Consuegra, family ministries director for the North American Division; John Boston II, associate director of the North American Division Evangelism Institute; Paolo Macena, pastor of the Ellicott City Seventh-day Adventist Church; and Pablo Flor, family, health and stewardship ministries director of the South Parana Conference in Brazil.
Elton DeMoraes, vice president for ministries and men’s ministries director for the Southwestern Union, was thrilled with the response to the event. “This was our first virtual gathering for this ministry and the response has been phenomenal. This event was a catalyst for many men to see the need to have a community of fellow believers that they can rely on, not just for camaraderie, but for mentorship, fellowship, prayer and accountability partnership.
“The men who participated were so blessed and energized and they want more. Thousands have seen and viewed the event and it is still available to view on our channels. Based on the response and the very real need that we see, we will be building more events and opportunities for men to fellowship together, hopefully in-person soon, but also virtually.”
Follow the Southwestern Union on Facebook and YouTube for upcoming events. Visit SouthwesternAdventist.org/Men for more information and to view the Stronger Together virtual gathering.