The room was buzzing with conversation and movement. Eight Strong Families were gathered around tables, engaging in games, conversation, and enjoying food. It was a day designated to celebrate the men who are fathers within the program, honoring their effort and engagement in caring for their families.
“Events like this are multifaceted,” shared Matt Metzger, Back2Back staff. “We want to create an environment for families to have a fun/positive experience interacting with each other and to be encouraged. It is also an opportunity to move toward discipleship opportunities like small groups, Bible studies, and one-on-one mentoring.”
The Strong Families staff team, ministry partners, summer interns, and ten visiting group members all came together to ensure the event was successful. The visiting mission team brought a variety of small gifts for the families to choose from to give their partners a gift for Father’s Day. They also helped with childcare, face painting, and games while their parents enjoyed a separate session to receive encouragement.
The day was full of wins for the families and the staff involved. Families were provided a new experience and connected as a large group, they received discipleship and marriage enrichment from local ministry partners, and each family was invited to a discipleship group. These are just a few examples of the many ways Strong Families are poured into and celebrated. Everyday, moms and dads are stepping deeper into their roles as parents and partners, and entire family units are healing as a result.