Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Missionary Conference

The second weDSC04485ekend in May we went to Avellino to attend a conference involving VMM missionaries from the Mediterranean.   There were missionaries there from Italy, Albania, and Montenegro, as well as a local DSC04491Italian pastor and his wife.  We thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship, food, and spiritual refreshment during the sessions.  We had as a speaker a former Italian missionary, whose wife had been a missionary in France.  We had fantastic food all weekend and were able to relax and all speak English, which was very nice for those of us trying to learn new languages.  We had the opportunity to swap stories and even a day to go sightseeing.  The hotel was located up in the mountains, not far from a local sanctuary.DSC04495  The view was incredible.  One of the missionaries in our group did find a little surprise in his shower when he checked in though, a small black scorpion.  He was very calm about it and alerted the hotel management after snapping a couple pictures.  Glad it wasn’t me or everyone would have heard the yell. DSC04496

Our speak gave advice from the book of First Peter which was encouraging and relevant to working in ministry. DSC04514 Each person also had a chance to share about their ministry and where they were working.  DSC04504It was neat to see how God is working in other areas of the Mediterranean.  We also had a chance to recognize a couple who was returning to the US after 10 years in Italy.  They will definitely be in a stage of transition.  We finished the weDSC04519ekend relaxed and refreshed.      (Pictures include: the tilted glasses at our table for dinner,  me working the projector for the songs, the terrace outside the hotel, the musicians, recognition of 10DSC04518 years of service, fun in the hotel garden, one of the mirrored columns in our meeting room, and our presDSC04527entation – complete with hand motions.)