This is the third time I have tried to post pictures from Field Conference 2016, but the first time that the internet has cooperated and allowed them to upload. Hooray!
Field Conference is an annual event for members of our missions agency. Brazil is actually “divided” into two fields for ministry and administration purposes, so this is West Field’s Conference. The first day is like a cross between a big family get-together and a high school reunion, with lots of excitement, laughter, hugs, stories, and comments about how much little ones have grown since last year.This year there were about 90 adult missionaries in attendance, plus all their children, and some guests.
The keynote speaker was Pastor Wagner, who pastors a church here in the city of Manaus, but lived in São Paulo before. I had met him there in 2009, and participated in a missions trip with his daughter and son in 2010, and he used to be a seminary professor where my Brazilian dad is taking classes. Throughout the conference, Pastor Wagner spoke on the topic of “The Sufficiency of the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit.” It was very insightful, Biblical, and challenging.
Included in the package deal this year, after the official Conference and held at the same location, was a four-day workshop on Basic Bible Teaching. One of the many wonderful things about our agency is that they provide ongoing, practical training for their missionaries, so that we have as many tools as possible to be effective and current in ministry.
In between sessions, meals, services and other planned activities, there is enough downtime to talk with friends and meet new people. This year it was a blessing for me to spend time with a few really good friends I had made while at the Missionary Training Center. A couple ladies were not only friends, but prayer partners, so we spent time talking to each other (of course!), but also talking to the Lord together. And I spent as much time as I could holding or playing with my friends’ little ones also, who had all grown lots since last time seeing them!
One special, highly-anticipated part of Conference is the ladies’ time, an afternoon set aside for us to be together, dress up, take pictures, and talk, while enjoying touches of beauty, attention to detail, yummy homemade treats, laughter, and encouragement from God’s Word shared by some of our sisters, missionaries who are serving in different villages, not just giving and teaching, but also learning from God themselves.
So that gives you a glimpse of what the Field Conference/Workshop was like. If the internet continues working well, I will upload more pictures from the week afterwards to post tomorrow or Wednesday. Hope you are having a great week!