Last week I had the privilege of attending the International Conference on Missions in Lexington, Kentucky. For those of you who may not know what that is, it is basically a massive convention where missionaries, mission organizations and churches, and aspiring missionaries converge and discuss the world of missions. It was a really cool event, and happens to be the first convention of its kind that I have ever attended.
The week was spent meeting with a ton of people. I had the chance to meet with fellow CMF missionaries that I hardly get to see and to get updates on what they have been doing. I was also able to meet with several CMF home office staff and build those relationships more, since having good relationships with the home office helps immensely when I am on the field. I also had the chance to meet with and hang out with Ryan, my teammate in Malawi, as we prepared more for what the next year will look like at Namikango.
The rest of the time was spent at the CMF booth, talking to missionaries from other organizations and networking with them, and talking with others who were considering missions. It was an encouraging time and a pretty fun event to be a part of.
And as an added bonus, Saturday morning Ryan and I snuck away from ICOM to visit the monastery Thomas Merton called home. This was a really cool experience for me, and I’ll explain visit more in another post. On Sunday I returned to central PA and will be spending the week here, celebrating Thanksgiving with the family and relaxing, before heading off to Tennessee to visit with churches and families there!