It’s been a wild ride lately. Less than 48 hours after the NPC Annual Meeting, I headed across the pond for a bit of official business:
Officiating my BFF’s wedding. Congratulations to Martha, my college-and-beyond roommate, partner in crime, and fellow road tripping vegetarian. Ah, the places we have been! Congratulations also to her beau from the UK, the marvelous Philip, her perfect match!
Recovering from jet-lag, I fulfilled my duties as a member of the steering committee for the past many months with a great group of folks at this conference, pulling it together to present as part of a panel on how to teach about Poverty and Microfinance in the church and community.
Here’s me, (wo)manning the Quest Church table between sessions, highlighting some of our sustainable projects partners from HEAL Africa, World Aid, and the Acholi Beads projects. Although it was the conference’s first year, we had 100 folks on the waiting list, and were so encouraged by the turnout!
The following weekend meant another conference, hosted by Quest, Convergence. This provided the opportunity to share about developing a personal or organizational theology/philosophy of global involvement, and the chance to hear from some of our fabulous partners.
We had rescheduled the conference from it’s original March date, and spent some great time with our partners from Chamwino Connect (Tanzania), HEAL Africa (Goma, DRC), World Aid (Thailand/Burma), and Muslim-Christian Dialogue (Andy Larsen). What a great couple of weeks.
Not to be outdone, yesterday we held a staff development day with some friends from the ECC. Learning each other’s working styles was a great help, especially since we have the most personality diverse staff they’ve ever seen, with only two staff of the same Enneagram personality. What am I? The Challenger! But in a nice way, of course. 🙂 Thanks staff for a great and affirming day! Not to be mushy, but I am blessed to be working with such an amazing team.
I would insert a staff pic, but we really need to take an updated photo. Instead, I’ll share another pic from the London excursion: my officiant skills were only outdone by my cake decorating skills: