Missions Conference Recap

Missions Mini-Conference Recap
By Amy White, Missions Committee Chair

Were you there?

Were you there when 40 or so of your fellow church family gathered to fellowship with a focus on missions? The date was September 24th and the place was our own church campus. There was the usual coffee to greet attendees along with bright international decorations, a delicious breakfast and goodie bags to grab as you entered. Our presenter for the day was Daniel Liberek, who has been on the mission field since 1980 and currently serves in Belgium with United World Missions. And there were so many helping hands to make the morning go smoothly!

Elena was there. As one of our youth participants, she felt like she learned a lot. She was impacted by the stories our Daniel shared about the people he and others work with in that area and how much the people they serve need help during this critical time. She enjoyed Daniel’s teaching, the food and fellowship. She is looking forward to having some sessions at the next conference geared toward youth and is encouraging everyone to come learn more about missionaries, their lifestyles and all the people they serve.

Jason was there. He had a seat in the front row that was conducive to an interactive experience with Daniel as he shared stories and lead a question-and-answer session. Rumor also has it that the Q & A portion was one of the best parts of the conference! Jason felt like the group was really learning together during the sessions and he was also impacted, like Elena, about the consequences of war in Ukraine in relation to the needs of ministry to those people. Jason really liked the statistical exercise that Daniel presented to help better define the bigger reality of what is takes place in various regions both geographically and culturally. He is looking forward to future conference sessions that focus on how we can be missionaries in our everyday lives and how we can have a more comprehensive connection to the 12 missionaries our church regularly supports.

Kristina, Michael and Clara were there. Kristina shared that they wanted to attend the conference even as they first heard about it. They have both done short term missions in the past and like being connected to the local ways we are supporting missions around the world. Like Jason, she was impressed by the amount of data Daniel had to share and encouraged that there are Christians really going for it in various areas of ministry to the people of Europe. Europeans have many religious traditions but have yet to convert that into a real relationship with Christ. She is looking forward to the next missions conference where even more “boots on the ground” details will be presented to help create a more specific portrait of those God has called to the work of missions around the world.

Were you there? If not, will you consider being there for our big mission conference in Sept 2023? And why should you come? Well, there will be big sessions, little sessions, worship sessions, childcare and youth programs, international food and a time of fun and fellowship with people working around the world for the Gospel of Christ. Come to learn, to be inspired to pray and support others and to find where God is calling you to impact that Gospel continuum.

Pray. Give. Send. Go. One of those applies to you. Follow God’s lead.

Here is a verse to ponder heading into next year as we are getting ready to learn more about sharing the Gospel of God’s good news and supporting others that do the same in the global arena.

Revelation 7:9-10 (ESV):

9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Posted in
Posted in , ,

No Comments