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Men gather on the 20th anniversary of TGIW. Photo: D. Widaman

TGIW celebrates 20 years of serving spiritual needs of men

Rod Handley welcomes more than 100 men to the 20th-anniversary celebration of the TGIW men’s ministry on Wednesday morning at the Stanley Event Space in downtown Lee’s Summit.

Handley reminisced about the origins of the organization and how it first began meeting in a Souper Salad in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

TGIW, which stands for Teaching God’s Infinite Wisdom, began as an interdenominational men’s Bible study at the old Souper Salad restaurant in Lee’s Summit. Over the past two decades, more than 10,000 men representing hundreds of churches from more than 50 different denominations have heard Christ-centered, biblically-based messages communicated every Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Several long-time attendees spoke on how the ministry had transformed them during crucial periods of their adult lives.

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“The messages bring both hope and help for men of all ages, aiding men to navigate their multiple roles as a son, husband, father or grandfather, employee and employer,” Handley told Metro Voice earlier. “We believe men are better together, so genuine fellowship and accountability are valued greatly.”

Technology has allowed men to participate from 25 different states, as well as Costa Rica, Peru, Nigeria and other nations. A number of high-profile speakers from across the nation have spoken to the group in recent years. Each of their talks, plus a Q&A time, are posted on the TGIW YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/rodhandley).

For more information about the organization, visit www.characterthatcounts.org.