Here are some random thoughts from the week:
1. I know lots of people at this conference. I've been going since I was a little girl, so this is no surprise. And I don't say it to brag. I take great encouragement from attending year after year and seeing people who were my friends at 17 who are now off serving Jesus in Spain or older people who are now seriously old still attending and trusting Jesus.
2. Gee, don't people ask some insensitive questions of the missionaries in public contexts? "So, I'm not quite sure on why you decided to leave country X. I'm not quite clear. Perhaps you could spell it out a bit for me in front of 300 people?" Nice work people.
4. My own kids went to a three hour kids' program each morning. 6 mornings for the bargain price of about $30 each. The leaders are all volunteers (about 200 people were involved with the children - from babies - Year 12) and in fact still pay half the registration cost to be involved. So thankful - every year, I feel overwhelmed by their kindness.
|All the kids' program leaders on stage at final session|
5. I didn't go the main talks but got to hear lots of missionaries speak and went to a few evening sessions. It is hard to come away unchallenged. I always feel challenged to reconsider what I find hard about my own life in light of what others (who are just like me) have given up to work overseas.
6. There was a shout out in one session for people who are librarians, PhD graduates (especially in Maths) and student workers to work in Tanzania. Hmm ... combined, we fit the profile. As an ex-MK, I'm always up for an adventure. Let's go, I think. Hubby - not so much, there's heaps we're doing here that is great. Tricky. But nothing new!
8. Found no good books in the bookstore. Disappointed. But apparently I should have gone in earlier in the week. I am richer as a result.
9. The 62gr8 group (Years 6-8) held a fundraising car wash. Our car is dirtier (quite an achievement). It just makes us laugh. Glad that $10 was a donation!
|Almost all my family together|
(sister & family and my parents)
10. Got to see my brother-in-law who was very sick a few months ago. So fab to see him up and around (even though he must be smashed now).