My first all Brazil conference was a great experience. It was about a week long and had all of the ABWE missionaries from Brazil who were not on furlough. It was great to have all of the visitors from the states there. One church even sent 7 individuals to serve us at the conference. There were also 13 other people who came to serve us at the conference. I am so thankful for all of the different ways that these servants blessed us missionaries.
We had a great time singing together during the conference. It seemed like we would sing before and after each session. It was the first time in 9 months where I was able to sing each song that was played during that part of the worship service.
4 mornings during the week we had a training session for at least 3 hours. The topic of this conference was Essential Mission Components 2. During EMC 2 we learning about holistic ministry, networking, partnerships and some other topics.
At EMC 2 all of the different teams worked at different tables to go through all of the different topics. It was a great opportunity to get to know my team better and to work as a group to better understand our region and how to strategically reach Rio Grande Do Sul.
One of the ways that us missionaries were blessed was all of the different candy that was brought from the US. Our table especially liked the Reeses Peaunt Butter Cups. I had some fun with our answer paddles on the table.
One evening we got to hear a story of how Al Yoder almost crashed his airplane once. He was a great storyteller with not only great verbal inflections but also fantastic mannerisms and expressions.
A favorite part of the conference was talking with many of the veteran missionaries. I was extremely blessed to have them drop some serious wisdom on me about missions and some practical tips specific to Brazil.