The 21st annual mission conference has come to a close. This year felt so smooth and peaceful. It was like the heavens were open over all. We stayed with some friends that just purchased a house this summer. They had missionaries over for a campfire complete with s’mores! It is a messy little sandwich that kids love. It was a wonderful time of fellowship with other missionaries.
Many of us at the FIRE-International Missions Conference went to the Brownsville Revival in the late 1990s. When we pray together it is like being home. The tangible presents of God comes in a way that feels so natural and real. I really appreciate the FI Board and staff praying with us every year at the last meeting when conference is over.
We invited all the FI missionaries to our house (The Workshop) to stay in our guest level. We told them that we have not done the carpet and tile work yet but the rooms now have doors and the bathroom is functional. I believe that the need to get away with God is so important that we need to start having guests as their schedule will allow.
A couple missionaries have been on my mind and I was able to spend time with them in person and not just on the phone. One missionary was able to drop by The Workshop on their way back to Tennessee. I loved having her insight on our plans for the guest level. She is smart and creative and helped us see in a different perspective.
We carried the Guatemala flag this year in the flag precession on Sunday morning. Our missionary in Guatemala was not able to be there this year. We sent him pictures and love.
It seems that most years Stephanie and I are at the conference for her birthday. This year we arrived back home before it. We had friends over and a campfire. S’mores and cookie cake were the celebratory confections. It was so good to have people over. Many have been with us through the journey and loved to see the work we have been able to do in the last year. It was encouraging to see it through the eyes of others. I can only see how much there is to do not what has been done.
Pray for The Workshop.
We thank God for each one of you, your prayers and your support in our new adventure of bringing ministers into our home. Pray as we finish the guest area of our home.
Brian and Stephanie Forbes
“For we are God’s handiwork,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advanced for us to do.”
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