On May 23-26 of this year 17 Friends who are exploring a call to missionary service and 13 missionary mentors met up at Quaker Ridge Camp in Colorado for the second annual Future Missionary Retreat. The first retreat was held a year ago at the same location. Six of the potential missionaries and 11 of the missionary mentors who came to this year’s retreat were also at the first one.
What regions/yearly meetings did the potential missionaries come from?
- Seven came from Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (EFC-ER)
- Seven came from Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting (EFC-MAYM)
- Two came from Friends Southwest (FSW)
- One came from Northwest Yearly Meeting (NWYM)
Most of these participants were young adults. A few of them are still in high school. It is so encouraging to see young people who are eager to serve the Lord and are seeking his direction for their lives!
Who were the missionary mentors?
- Ron and Carolyn Stansell who served in Bolivia under NWYM
- Dave and Cindy Aufrance who served in Hong Kong under OMS and with close ties to EFC-ER
- Gene and Myra Pickard who served in Guatemala under FSW
- Duane and Lois Davis who served in Honduras and El Salvador under FSW
- David Thomas who served in Rwanda under EFM and continues as EFM’s Whole-Life Discipleship Mentor
- Edwin and Maria Giron who served in Mexico under EFM (Maria continues as EFM’s Missions Mobilizer for Hispanic Friends)
- Dan Cammack who served in Peru under NWYM and is EFM’s Field Director
- Matt Macy who serves as EFM’s Director of Mobilization
All of the mentors spent time getting to know the potential missionaries and responding to their questions. Most of the mentors also gave workshops on topics like these:
- Discerning God’s Will (Davises)
- Key Missions Principles and Practices (Stansells)
- Preparing to Be a Missionary (Pickards)
- Ministering Cross-Culturally (Aufrances)
Brad Carpenter, who serves with his family as EFM missionaries in Rwanda, was able to do a session of the retreat via Zoom. He shared their journey with God towards missions and explained how to do a timeline of that kind of journey. Afterwards the potential missionaries prepared timelines of their own and shared them in small groups with their mentors. Another EFM missionary, B. A., who serves in Nepal with his wife, D., was at Quaker Ridge and gave a message entitled, “What God Has Taught me through the Years.” It ended with a powerful time of prayer for all the potential missionaries.
On the last day of the retreat all the potential missionaries and their mentors got to spend time with the EFM Board which was starting its first day of meetings. It was a great opportunity for board members to meet those who are seeking God’s direction for their lives, and for the latter to meet those who may have a role in sending them out as missionaries someday. There was a good time of prayer and fellowship.
|Here are some ways that you can be praying for the potential missionaries:
Bhaswati Sarkar says
May the Lord use these dear missionaries for His kingdom making. Bless them and guide them, protect them and help them in every situation they have to go through. They may be courageous and firm in their vision to accomplish. Surrounded by His grace and mercy. Abundance of love to all of them who has took the challenge to reach out. God’s provision may overflow when ever is needed. All the best to them.
Krista Alvarez says
Thank you! Amen!
JOB BIKOKWA WANYONYI says
God’s will be done as we join into into fellowship and prayers.