God's Power at Men's Summit

by Kathy Marson, March 25, 2020

"God is moving on the hearts of men in Upper Columbia Conference in a special way," says Eric Brown, "God is calling men to strengthen each other to take on the mission God has giving this church in this end time.”

The recent Men's Summit held at Camp MiVoden was the last gathering of its kind for Upper Columbia Conference. The topic for this recent event held at Camp MiVoden, (Idaho), March 6-8, 2020, was "The Power of One" presented by Dr. Minner Labrador, president of the Upper Columbia Conference. Attendees ranged from teenagers through seniors and all were blessed by this time to discover the power of becoming a man of God. 

Minner shared his heart with the men by sharing a journey through the life of Jacob and how God transformed Jacob into a man of God through the power of one encounter. The power of one father and the power of one warrior.

The theme continued with Eric Brown, UCC ministerial secretary who shared how one man can make a difference if they will choose to work on themselves while they love others. When the power of one is Holy Spirit power, one man can make a difference.

Breakouts by Brenden Goertzen and Kinley Sorenson shared how to care for aging parents and how to help veterans reflect Christ in their homes and communities

The men enjoyed the weekend and one said, "The main worships were on point. I enjoyed the talking and getting to know the other attendees."

Another said, "I was most blessed by the early morning devotionals – much to my surprise. I am NOT a morning person, but God woke me up and got me there."

Eric Brown was grateful for the strong foundation laid by the previous men's ministries team. He said, "Even with short notice, we had a great group of men come together. It is a powerful thing to see men of different generations kneeling together in prayer for their families."

The weekend was evidence that God is moving in a special way on the hearts of the men in the UCC. There was a hunger to see men's ministries happening in the local church. Brown said, "God is calling men to strengthen each other to take on the mission God has given this church for the end time." The tenor of the whole weekend was just what the men needed and more than they realized at the Summit because little did they know that this would be the last UCC event for weeks. In the week following the men's retreat the Washington State Governor asked all citizens working in non-essential positions to stay at home. The UCC office immediately on Monday announced that as of Tuesday all workers would work from home.

It is our prayer that the Men's Summit was a blessing and will continue to be a blessing to the UCC church members during this Coronavirus Crisis.

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