Sunday, February 05, 2006

2nd Annual CBSI-Ireland Conference

We awoke fairly early to make sure we got away early to drive to the Airfield Trust for our 2nd annual CBSI-Irelance Leadership Conference. We are expecting about 20 and are very excited about this event. Simon & Ann have proposed that they come over about the time we plan to leave to have their breakfast here and clean up the kitchen so that we don't have to bother with that in trying to get there early. We do arrive in plenty of time and find our meeting room set up as requested. The only thing we find amiss is there is no podium, but Robert Poynton arrives soon after us and coordinates with the staff to get one. Robert has most of the needed equipment and got everything set up for our presentations and the pictures/music that I had put together to be playing upon their arrival and during the coffee break. Everyone expected arrives on time. The musician, Diedre, a friend of Mitch's, is a little late, having accidentally locked herself out of her house before getting her keyboard out, but we get her equipment in and set up without delaying our start. The conference went very well and was very well received. We all had good fellowship together, told some good stories of God's work in our lives through our studies. The conference went as follows:

- Tim Rutman welcomed everyone and gave some logistical instructions
- Mitch Moore and Dierdre led us in worship
- Cathy Rutman extended a welcome and introduced Sam & Patti Allgood as new Calebs to Ireland
- Patti Allgood shared her testimony of God's leading to become a Caleb
- Sam Allgood added his testimony to Patti's and included a devotional challenge from the Word
- Cathy Rutman led us in each one introducing themselves and what study they were in
- Els Fletcher shared some teaching tips from her experience teaching their ladies group
- Coffee break / teatime
- Mitch & Dierdre led in worship again
- Robert Poynton shared some from his Spain pilgrimage and told of his responsibilities with CBSI-Ireland
- Lunch break after prayer by Ciaran Fletcher
- Mitch & Dierdre led in worship again
- William Moore shared the world vision and ministry of CBSI
- Various people shared how God was working in their lives through their Bible studies
- Cathy wrapped up the conference
- Took group photo outside

After everyone else departed, we finished gathering our equipment from the meeting room. Cathy and Robert viewed their larger meeting room which we may want to use next year. The rest of us looked around the grounds some, took pictures, and mingled with some of the other people, including a lady giving cookie samples from their shop. Patti liked them so much that she immediately went to the shop to purchase some.

From there, we drove to Colin and Rosemary's for dinner and a short visit with them, then returned home to rest and reflect on the wonderful conference.


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