Last month, we attended two and a half weeks of training on the East Coast and now, we are in the middle of recapping that for you! We’ve already covered part 1 – Good Soil Training. Today, we’re sharing about Missionary Enrichment.
But I suppose the Missionary Enrichment isn’t training as much as it is a conference for encouragement and fellowship. Annually, ABWE invites all state-side missionaries to a conference to share and hear about the work God is doing around the world, celebrate the work of missionaries and their teams, and reflect on the Word of God through teaching and worship.
We. Loved. It.
Sessions were held every morning and in the evenings after dinner. We had afternoons free to explore, nap, swim in the hotel pool, etc… and we did all of those things!
The whole theme of the conference was Biblical Hope. As believers, our hope is not wishful thinking. It is a confident expectation of faith fulfilled. It is a calm reassurance that the Lord is capable of fulfilling all that He says He will, in this life and in the future.
Our favorite parts, though, were hearing missionary testimonies. Allen and I were especially moved when we heard about needs in Africa (like a team to help open a country in West Africa) and in South Asia (nurses and doctors to help with the Rohingya crisis). And our hearts were moved as we heard about children rescued from sex trafficking and the miniscule percentage of people in Europe who identify as Christians.
We know the Lord is working and moving and never resting… but we see that the fields are white and laborers are few.
ABWE offers countless short-term opportunities to serve. Would you be able to give a week, a month, or a year to see these needs with your own eyes? To put your hands to the work and help? Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into the harvest.