Thursday, July 1, 2010

One big family

Every three years the whole of the OMF team in Japan gets together for Field Conference. It is always a special time and this year's was no exception. Around 200 (including children) gathered at a hot spring hotel in Hokkaido for a time of encouragement, challenge, fellowship and fun. It was a joy to welcome a group from Northern Ireland who led various activities for the children during the week - so good that parents hardly saw their kids all week! The General Director of OMF Patrick Fung gave some powerful Bible messages from Acts. There were times in small groups, times for prayer, times to unwind and the week ended with a memorable time of communion as we were able to focus on what Jesus did for us on the cross and then join together as one to sing a final hymn of praise. One of the focal points of the week was to spend time discussing and praying about the future direction of OMF in Japan. We are the largest mission organisation in Japan and in recent years have been blessed with many new workers. What role should OMF missionaries be playing over the coming years to see God's kingdom expand in Japan? These are exciting days as we look ahead. Yet the challenges are many too. How good to be able to come together for a week to be built up, encouraged and enthused for the tasks that lie ahead.

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