20 Years of Transforming Lives
by Ronaldo da Cunha
More than 700 men filled King Chapel and the A-Frame chapel at Camp Kulaqua during the 2013 Men’s Ministries Convention. (Photo: Leonard Fernandez)
Imagine 1,500 men praising God in a surrounding of Christian fellowship! That’s exactly what happened during the past 12 months at Florida Conference Men’s Ministries Conventions.
Gatherings brought Spanish men to Palm Beach, Haitian men to Boynton Beach, and, this past March, English-speaking men to Camp Kulaqua in High Springs. Here, men of Florida and surrounding states welcomed Christian brothers from the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and African countries to celebrate the 20th anniversary of men’s ministries in Florida Conference.
This year’s theme, “Walking With God,” was the backdrop for men to join the original founders in celebrating God’s guidance and wisdom of successful men’s ministries outreach during the past two decades.
From left: Eric Allen, Glen Altermatt, Richard O’Ffill, and Eric Cantillo, in addition to Sergio Torres (not pictured), returned to Camp Kulaqua to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Men’s Ministries program they launched in 1993. (Photo: Leonard Fernandez)
It was 1993 when Eric Allen, Glen Altermatt, Eric Cantillo, Dick O’Ffill, and Sergio Torres met to launch the journey in which men of Florida are victoriously engaged today. Attending the needs of men far beyond the boundaries of Florida, men’s ministries quickly gained the reputation as a resource for inspiration, wisdom, and spiritual nurture.
Year after year, dynamic speakers and Christ-centered seminars have challenged the men. Like a magnet, conventions during the past 20 years have drawn men seeking personal improvement to be better role models in their families, churches, and the workplace.
Relevant topics tackled during conventions have included relationships, finances, spiritual growth, health, conflict resolution, domestic interaction, and communication. Above all else, Jesus is uplifted as the Supreme Role Model for everyone.
As a result, thousands of families have been touched by the transformation seen in their husbands, fathers, brothers, and coworkers. Local churches have benefitted by inspired leaders trained at conventions. Young males impacted by the youth track of men’s ministries are now Christian models facing society’s postmodern mindset in secular universities and beyond.
Looking forward, conventions in the coming year will highlight “Seasons of Life.” Two weekends, March 7-9 and 16-18, are scheduled for the annual English gatherings at Camp Kulaqua. Meanwhile, dates for Haitian Creole and Spanish conventions are being studied, while first-time meetings for Portuguese, Korean, and Filipino men are under consideration.
At each event, men will learn in a relaxed setting to recognize that successful living is radically impacted by the seasons of life. They’ll receive tools to identify and adapt to these changes. By recalibrating their energies and refocusing their goals, men will be trained to reach their maximum potential.