Marriage Conference - Minneapolis, MN

Sixty-four couples gathered at the Sofitel Hotel, in Bloomington, Minnesota, for the North-American Division One Day Celebration of Marriage Commitment program, From This Day Forward, co-sponsored by the Mid-America Union Conference and the Minnesota Conference.  NAD Family Ministries Director, Willie Oliver, and his Wife Elaine Oliver, marriage and family consultant for NAD were the presenters alongside Claudio Consuegra, VP for Administration, and his wife Pamela, Education Director, of the Minnesota Conference where they are also the Family Ministries Directors.  The group included a couple married for only two months and another married for fifty-four years; a great diversity of ages, ethnic, and professional backgrounds.

The sixty-four couples came from the three conferences represented in the area – Minnesota, Central States, and Lake Region Conferences; and from surrounding states and as far as New Jersey.  One participant expressed: “Exciting and comprehensively enriching for the two of us.” Another person said: “It was a way to enrich our marriage and draw closer to God and His plan for my life.”

The day also featured inspirational music by recording artist Denise Barclay from Columbia, Maryland.  The Olivers and Consuegras spoke about oneness and intimacy, communication and problem resolution, sexual oneness, and forgiveness as foundational elements to build and strengthen the oneness and intimacy in marriage God intends for husbands and wives.  The group enjoyed the couple activities and lunch together, and at the end they stood, held hands, and renewed their commitment to each other and to their marriage. Seven among the participants requested Bible studies and are being followed-up.