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SOLD and CFC Men’s Conference Thunders in UAE

THE RECENTLY concluded SOLD (Servants of the Lord) and CFC Men’s Conference in St. Anthony of Padua's Parish Church in Ras Al Khaima, United Arab Emirates (UAE) was a wondrous story of faith and victory. Indeed, the words of Jeremiah 33:3 held true for the event: “If we put our faith in God and follow His commandments, He will perform “great and mighty things” and give us the victory.”


The theme of the event, “Love Conquers All’, echoing the Couples for Christ theme for 2015 – “Love More” – was fully manifested in the prayers and worship, the talks given by Joemar Salumbides and Ricky Rico of the SOLD International Core Group, and the personal testimonies of SOLD brothers on how God showed them His love and molded them to be True Men of God.


This was a different SOLD conference from the conferences of the past. This year, the concept of staging a national conference (meaning per country), instead of the previous region-wide annual Middle East Conference became a reality and provided huge surprises. One of the surprises was the attendance of 935 brothers, record-breaking and unprecedented not only in the Middle East, but global as well. This could be the beginning of a full-packed gathering of CFC men and SOLD brothers not only in UAE, but also in the neighboring countries in the Middle East region.


The idea of holding a national, rather than a regional, conference was broached in the summer of 2010 during the Abba Father Weekend in Sharjah and The Band of Brothers conference held in Jebel Ali. It was also argued that during the early years of holding the event in the different Emirates, the conference's attendees came purely from SOLD and did not include the men/ leaders from Couples for Christ.


Thus, CFC SOLD encouraged CFC men to be part of this Catholic Men’s Conference. The effort paid off this year with the record attendance. God’s glory was manifested as 935 men boldly praised God in unity during the morning worship, afternoon prayer and evening praise fest. The sound of men singing and worshipping together resounded like a mighty thunder roaring, just as it did when Jericho’s walls came crumbling down because God’s army shouted in praise to God.


Everyone came away from the conference energized, reinvigorated and filled with zeal for the mission. The full support of the National Council, Area Directors and Area Governance Teams, and the dedication of the SOLD leaders in the UAE helped the 21-man service team of SOLD Al Ain pull off a big victory in Christ in hosting this event. (Demy Pascual and Charles Armario)

Added on Tuesday, September 1, 2015


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