I have heard of SO many churches having missions conferences during this month! During the first half of this week, Lancaster Baptist Church, where our son Sam is a Bible college student, had their missions conference. Jungle Mom was there - Sam got to meet her! - and we got to see Sam sing in a missionary-kid group on Wednesday night. Wes recorded their singing with the latest Real Audio player, and I was going to put it here on my blog for everyone to see, but he found out that it's only viewable in the latest Real Audio player! So if you don't have that, you wouldn't be able to see it. We still may post it, but it's a hassle to have to go download a brand new player just to see a guy you don't even know! ;)
The last half of this week, Greater Vancouver Baptist Church, which is our sponsoring church here in Canada, is conducting their missions conference. Every year, on Friday afternoon of the conference, they host a luncheon for the missionaries in their conference and invite their missionaries in the area to join in. So we get invited each year, and today was the day. We were served carrot soup, ham, potatoes, stuffing, green beans, rolls, and apple dumplings with ice cream - it was delicious. My blood sugar proves it! ;) We always enjoy the fellowship with other missionaries, to compare experiences, encourage each other, and catch up on each other's ministries. We met a wonderful, godly couple who have been in the ministry for 30 years, visiting another pastor here in Vancouver. The husband, who is a pastor, spoke to us at the luncheon, and then we heard him again tonight at the conference. It's always nice to sit back and soak in the preaching. I'm sure my husband really enjoys it, as he is usually the one doing the preaching! We sure are grateful for GVBC taking us into their family when we arrived in Vancouver, and for including us as one of their missionary families!
We sang at the conference tonight. It's been a long time since we've sung together. We did it all the time on deputation and just kind of dropped it after we got here. Wes mentioned yesterday that we need to pick it up again and just do it for enjoyment. I agree. It's fun to sing together. Families used to do that all the time, before the widespread use of the TV. They sang, read, and played together and built those family relationships. I think it would be nice for us to get back to that ourselves! I'll have to see what I can do to help that come to pass.
Have a great weekend!