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Ohio Hispanic Marriage Retreat

95 Couples Attend Hispanic Marriage Retreat

Story by Heidi Shoemaker

A record 95 couples from across the Ohio Conference recently met at Salt Fork State Park (Ohio) to celebrate the second annual Hispanic Marriage Retreat, titled “Families of Faith—Matrimonies in Victory.”

Miguel and Delia Adonia from the Caribbean Costa Rica Mission and marriage specialists with more than 40 years of experience inspired the entire audience to learn and laugh at the same time through their enthusiastic and charismatic presentations. Seven visiting couples invited by church members were part of this unique activity, and one couple decided to surrender their lives to Jesus through a special baptismal ceremony held on Sabbath afternoon. Three more couples decided to get married as a public testimony of their love for each other before God.

“We feel like we are starting over in our marriage relationship,” shared one couple. “God made a miracle in our lives this weekend,” said another couple. Other attendees echoed these comments, visibly excited after every seminar session.

“We strongly believe that by having stronger marriages, we have a stronger church,” shared Peter M. Simpson, Hispanic Ministries coordinator, as he concluded the weekend with the final prayer. “To God be the Glory!”

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