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Island’s bilingual families the target audience for ‘Case Closed: Together Forever’ marriage seminars

Couples, particularly those who speak Spanish, have the opportunity to enjoy a two-day marriage conference courtesy of Ministerio Hermandad, the Hispanic Ministry at Warwick Seventh-day Adventist Church.

‘Caso Cerrado: Unidos Para Siempre’, or ‘Case Closed: Together Forever’, is a two-day marriage enrichment conference to be held May 18-19 at the Berkeley Institute from 9am to 4pm on both days.

“The purpose of the conference is to strengthen family relationships and to make good marriages great,” explained Pastor Ariel Manzueta, the Hispanic Ministry Coordinator. “In any relationship there is room for growth.

“The target audience is primarily the bilingual families of our country; in most cases the gentleman is Bermudian and the lady is Latino.”

Through the Hispanic Ministry, Pastor Manzueta has ministered to many of the estimated 500 to 700 native Spanish speakers that now reside in Bermuda.

“Because of my ministry and my passion for diversity, over the past five years, I have interacted with many bilingual families in our community and I have assisted some of them and have seen the needs of many others.

“Language is a common thread in all these families and I felt prompted to bring them together and enrich our experience by our interaction.

“Iron sharpens iron, and there is so much to learn not only from the speakers, but also from one another.”

The guest speakers for the two-day conference are the husband and wife team of Pastor Alfredo and Juanita Ruiz, founders of the ministry, Opciones, a ministry that provides family and marriage education to the Hispanic community.

The pair have been married for 26 years and have two children.

They are also the founders of Silver Lining Family Services LLC, which provides maternal and infant health in Michigan, USA.

“They travel every month giving seminars and are well sought out on the topic of family life,” Pastor Manzueta shared. “People should expect interactive, informative and practical presentations that will definitely enhance their relationships.”

Topics to be covered include ‘Intimidated Intimacy’ on intimacy and sexuality, ‘Never But Always’ on communication skills, ‘Difficult Women, Complicated Men’ on cultural differences, and ‘Forgive and Forget’ on forgiveness, among others.

All seminars will be conducted in both Spanish and English.

“The speakers will use both languages as they present the interactive presentations. We want both partners to hear their native language — this will be like speaking ‘Spanglish’, and the couple will be comfortable because they already have this at home.”

Those interested in attending the conference must preregister and pay a $25 deposit by May 10. The cost for the day is $100 for a couple, or $60 for an individual, with full costs due by May 15.

The cost includes breakfast on both days and lunch on the Saturday. Childcare is also available for an additional fee.

For more information or to register, you can call 337-0077 or e-mail ministeriohermandad@gmail.com

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Published May 04, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 03, 2013 at 7:00 pm)

Island’s bilingual families the target audience for ‘Case Closed: Together Forever’ marriage seminars

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