At the end of July, I was blessed by NAMB (North American Mission Board) with a quick trip to Atlanta. They hosted their first ever Send North America Conference and invited several of us new NAMB missionaries to attend the conference and be part of a special time of commissioning at the end.
I was able to fly down a couple of days early and spend some great time with friends in the Atlanta area. It was a refreshing time with friends and the conference itself was excellent. I enjoyed getting to hear from several great speakers, attend informative breakout sessions, and network with lots of other church planters and church planting partners.
The commissioning time was especially meaningful for me, as I was blessed to have friends from several chapters of my life all there. The Lord has been faithful in giving me friends who have become family in each place He has led me and I am so thankful for that. It was great to get to spend time with all of these friends in one place!
Here are a few pictures from my trip:
I enjoyed spending a night with Laura, my roomie from Mexico, and her husband Keith! I am so thankful for her friendship and the experiences we shared together in Guadalajara. My time there was so much richer because of her!
I got to have brunch with my sweet friend, Mary Lynn! We met at the training I attended before I moved to Mexico. Mary Lynn spent 2 years in Rome while I was in Guadalajara. It had been several years since we’d seen each other and it was such a treat to get to catch up!
The conference was held at FBC Woodstock, GA. I really enjoyed hearing from all of the speakers and worship leaders!
Of course, I managed to fit in a trip to Chick-fil-a! They also served boxed lunches at the conference from there. Gotta love being in Atlanta!!
The commissioning service on Tuesday night during the closing session. I’m on the very far right.
All of us after the service. L to R: Victor (my pastor at The Point), Keith and Laura, me, and Adrian (friend from OBU).
Adrian and I at the hotel. There were quite a few civil war era decorations! Adrian is a good friend from my days at OBU and now lives in Nashville. When I found out I’d be making a trip to Atlanta and have a hotel room to myself, she worked it out to come down to visit for a couple of nights. Since she works from home, she was able to relocate to Atlanta for a couple of days and work while I was at the conference. We had a great time catching up and hanging out!
My trip was quick (about 5 days including travel) and involved 2 red eye flights, but was so wonderful! I hit the ground running when I got back and spent a busy week and a half in Vancouver before flying out for my next adventure (another post coming soon!). In that short time, we welcomed a new semester missionary to The Point, sent out our summer interns (we miss you all!) and said goodbye for now to one of our staff members. Lots is happening these days and we are excited for all God has done and promises to do in the days ahead!