Week of Prayer for Pastoral Families

Article By: Patrice Williams-Gordon
Special Events Co-ordinator, SBC

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Pastoral families across the Atlantic Caribbean Union (Bahamas Cayman and Turks and Caicos Islands) joined, via Internet, the over 3000 other pastoral families across the Inter American division in a virtual week of prayer. Commenting on the aim of the event, Pastor Héctor Sánchez, ministerial secretary for the church in Inter-America, and one of the organizers of the event said, “Our main focus is to strengthen the unity of the pastor and his family, let them know that we value their ministry and are concerned for their well-being in general”. The week of prayer began with a live program broadcast from the headquarters in Miami Florida on January 31, at 7:30 p.m. Pastors and their families in New Providence, congregated at the ATCU headquarters on Gladstone Road. It was an inspirational experience as they sung hymns, prayed and viewed the live broadcast together. Some family members who were separated by distance even joined the session by Skype.

World Church president, Elder Ted Wilson and his wife greeted the pastoral families and extended words of encouragement through a prerecorded message. He said “As you consider the vital work you have each been called to do, I want to encourage you to go forward in the joy and strength of the Lord, ever keeping in mind that wonderful promise found in the book of Nehemiah, chapter 8, verse 10: ‘Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Keynote speaker, Elder Israel Leito, President of the Inter American Division shared intimately from his own experience on the real meaning of service to pastoral family.

He encouraged pastors, “Renew your commitment to God, renew your call, be grateful to parents, spouses and children, worship the Lord, serve the Lord and be faithful to the Lord during this week of re-dedication and consecration to our God.”

Throughout the ensuing week pastors and their families continued the week of prayer by watching the prerecorded programs prepared by pastors across the region in Spanish, English and French. Themes covered included the pastoral family as a whole, the pastoral marriage, the pastor as a husband, the pastor’s wife, his children, devotional habits for the family, and more.

Pastor Pedro Iglesias, IAD Family Ministries Director and co-organizer of the event describes a successful out come as one resulting in strengthened family ties with every member of the pastor’s family being drawn closer to the Lord thus providing sound support to the church.” The virtual week of prayer will conclude with another live broadcast from Miami, on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
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