I was up first and went to a breakout session that CEIF was putting on on the life cycle of Churches, what caused them and the effect on pastors. It was reasonably well attended, though was probably not the most popular choice of the available subjects.
I went up to the main conference room, meeting people to talk to on the way and met Christine. We went into the meeting room and sat at a table that was all from our home Church. Iain McAuliffe, Larry Froese, Cory Seibel, Darren Lietz and ourselves. The one ministry partner from Africa who had not been able to get here in time for last night's recognition had arrived and was recognized. Mark Buchanan spoke again and again was challenging us as to how we send people. Norm Poehlke then went through an exploration of how coincidence and convergence differ and how to discern the will of the Holy Spirit.
We are having a CEIF dinner, so stopped at Starbucks and had a lunch snack on our way to our room.
Christine rested and I went to the Old Town - about a 15 minute walk and wandered around then walked back. It is still hot, but I think cooler than when the ladies did it on Wednesday. It is "only" 33 now, compared to almost 40 on Wednesday.
We talked and rested till it was time to get ready for dinner.
We met the rest of the board downstairs and walked past the Convention Centre to a Chinese restaurant where we were fed an enormous amount of food. Bob, who had ordered it said that it looked just the right amount if there were 400 of us. The food was delicious and the ladies got doggy bags made up and on the way back to the hotel they were distributed to homeless people, of whom there seems to be too many.
We said goodbye to some folks who are leaving early tomorrow and we came back to our room and got our things together as we will move back to the trailer tomorrow and drive in tomorrow night and Sunday morning.
My apologies to those of you who are not connected to our Church as most of the past few days and the next couple will not mean a lot to you and you may not recognize the people in many of the photos.