We have returned from our mission trip to Japan and I am so blessed to have been a part of such a great event. There were six nations represented at the Olive Conference. It was presented in three languages over 4 days. There were 64 attendees (mostly church leaders and pastors) in addition to speakers, worship leaders, and host. It was such a joyous spirit of love and fellowship and unity that differences had little meaning. Evidence of Christ’s presence abounded and many new bonds were made.
The theme of the conference was “Walking By Faith” and First Baptist Church of Keller was invited to teach the training classes (6) that was followed by a discussion time for each day. It was amazing how the participants could almost quote what was said in each class and had real insight of its meaning. I have rarely witnessed such commitment to learning and applying the material to everyday experience.
The team from First Baptist Church of Keller, Tx consisted of four: Mission Pastor, Lawrence Duhon; Mission Committee Chairman, Bob Vigoren; Mission Committee member, Michael Faubel; and Mission Committee member, Vernon Ball. Beside teaching the six classes, the team participated in personal counseling, joint worship where the music was sang in three languages, each in turn, and participating in the group discussion time.
There was some time allowed for personal devotions and relaxation. On a couple of these times I went for a walk in the forested mountainous setting on one of the trails and found a number of spider webs that crossed the trail. To keep from walking into them we waived a stick up and down to clear the webs from the trail. It reminded me of the snares of the devil. Sure enough, Satan tried to trick a key person in the conference into leaving the conference, but the Lord stepped in and that member was rescued from making a life changing error in her faith walk.
We saw a number of such victories in several different situations. It was a great blessing to see the Lord magnified among us in so many ways. I received a note from Pastor T saying that the “connection with the local leaders and pastors are now more committed. Next month I’ll visit some cities there.” There is speculation of another conference next year. Please be in prayer that we will remain in step with the Lord in this matter.