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September 22, 2022

Fulfilling Conference

God intervened in our group discussions, personal reflections, teaching sessions, and many chit chats. God was there with us. I was in a three-day event, the Mission Training Conference 2022, here in Butuan City, Philippines. Darrell Whiteman was our main speaker. I assisted in some of the sessions. There were 66 of us, and 13 were cross cultural missionaries. The theme was: “Crossing Cultures With Jesus,” and sure enough Jesus visited with us.

It was a fulfilling conference. Many testified of new revelations and deeper insights. “We will go back to the mission field full of encouragements, so much blessed with learnings and with your love.” Irene shared in one of our last meetings. “All the questions in my mind were all answered. Thank you for the messages.” Sandra testified in one of our group chats. Darrell’s presentations and stories were very engaging. “Surely God is with us,” God was there and we are grateful.

After this conference, we proceeded to another location for a one night, two days of Missionary Retreat. It was a good time of break and small group reflection. On the second day, Darrell stayed with the group while I continued to speak at a Youth Missions Conference. Again, God showed up in our midst. The time of prayer with the young people were powerful and moving. The Lord helped me in my weaknesses. I have to confess I was out of my elements speaking to millennials and the younger generations. However, God took over our sessions. I praise God for the leadership of the counselors and youth organizers. Such a humbling experience to participate in this gathering. About 150 young people came from all over the provinces of Agusan, Surigao, Davao, and Misamis. God, the Great Shepherd, led the way for us.

Thank you again for everyone who prayed for us and supported us with their gifts and donations. God is our Great Provider, and He is there for all of us.