ATCU Pastoral Families Assemble for Prayer and Fellowship

ATCU Pastoral Families Assemble for Prayer and Fellowship
By ATCU Communication Department

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As a part of celebrating the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists’ (IAD) Week of Prayer for Pastoral Families under the theme “In His Hand,” the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU) organized a special program on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 to bring together Seventh-day Adventist pastoral families on the island of New Providence for an evening of fellowship and prayer. The event was organized by the ministerial and family ministries departments of ATCU headed by Pastor Leonard Johnson and Pastor Peter Kerr respectively.

“We go through difficult times as pastoral families. We work hard, and many times people talk about us, and sometimes we may even talk about each other. But, we have come here to talk
to each other,” said Johnson as he welcomed the pastoral families to the event.

The group participated in icebreakers where they shared anniversary dates, introduced their spouses and children, and viewed one of the special programs produced by the IAD which included special music, prayer for unions within IAD, and a charge. The charge was presented by Pastor Claudio and Dr. Pamela Consuegra, family ministries directors of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. They encouraged pastoral families to be intentional in caring for their marriage and their children as the hectic schedule of a pastor may cause him to neglect his wife and children.

“Your home itself provides an evangelistic opportunity more powerful than that sermon you may be working on,” admonished Dr. Consuegra as she explained that pastors must care for their spouses and children. She explained that after God, family should come next in their pyramid of priorities. Claudio and Pamela also encouraged pastoral families not to underestimate the power of family worship and prayer. She encouraged spouses to pray for each other out loud as this reaffirms to the spouse that he or she is loved and appreciated.

The evening concluded with testimonies from pastors’ children, spouses, and pastors themselves, talking about the joys and challenges of being a part of a pastoral family.

“As a pastor, I need a praying wife, and I have a praying wife who fears God. I thank God for the wisdom that she brings to our home,” said Pastor Terry Tanis as he testified about his wife, Samantha.

Pastor Peter Kerr thanked the families for coming. “Events like this need to happen more often,” said Kerr. “We need to keep in contact and call each other and pray for each other.”
The families exchanged contact information so that they could pray with each other or just call to converse.

The official Week of Prayer for Pastoral Families was celebrated from January 21 to 28, 2017, and the devotional videos for the week of prayer can be accessed from the IAD’s website banner at
www.interamerica.org.

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