In June we left for the Enrichment 09 conference – formerly known as Refresher Course – in Roach, Missouri.
Every year the staff at the Missionary Training Center hosts a week-long event for missionaries on home assignment to help missionaries transition from ministry on the field to reporting to churches and individuals what God has done in and through them.
It’s a wonderful time of fellowshipping with old friends, making new friends, and being better equipped for serving the Lord. Earl and Krystal attended also. We traveled separately each visiting family, friends and supporters along the way.
Our first stop was to visit Richard and Joyce Scott whom we met 25 years ago while we were in training in Durant, Mississippi. They have faithfully prayed for us and supported us financially for over 20 years. Their daughter, Kim, who we had known as a little girl, was there too and it was great to see her again. She is very involved in several ministries to Jewish people and is passionate about seeing God’s Chosen People come to know Jesus as their Savior.
Our next stop was to visit Betty Geary in Seneca, Missouri. We stayed in her new home. Last year in May a tornado tore through Seneca and completely destroyed her home and that of her son Tom. Betty, Tom and Sharon, his wife and their four children, spent the last year replacing everything they owned, from clothing to kitchen tools to farm equipment. We were amazed as we talked with Betty and realized how hard it is too “start over.” Friends from First Baptist Church in Seneca built and furnished a beautiful home for her.
While we were staying with Betty, Earl and Krystal were staying with Pastor Frank Ward in Neosho. We met at Braum’s Ice Cream Parlor to celebrate Mara and Shiloh’s birthdays with an Ice Cream Party. We also visited with dear friends from Grace Bible Church in Joplin and I spoke at Faith Baptist in Neosho on Sunday.
Monday June 15 Enrichment 09 began and we sessions started at 7:5 for prayer meeting and some days ended at 9 p.m. It was a busy time but we learned so much. Pastor Bill Oudemolen preached from Colossians every day and we were Spiritually uplifted and – yes – Enriched!
On the way home we visited Jack and Kim and visited Cranmore Cove Baptist Church in Dayton, Tennessee.
On Wednesday it was back to work for both of us. Dena started writing for the web and I began visiting Pastors.