I'm here at a double conference in Columbia, SC. The first conference was High Impact. It was hosted by our mission board, North American Mission Board, and attended by NAMB missionaries and Baptist state missionaries who all work with international students. The second conference is a national conference for all Christians who work with international students. It doesn't matter what organization, church, denomination, or even volunteers. The only criteria is that you are a Christian.
I have been excited about attending these conferences because of their importance and wealth of information. Some of the discussions and sessions were going to be very important for the ministry that God has called us to.
Well, as of Friday, my brain is already full! :-) I still have another 2 full days of sessions and speakers to attend.
The greatest thing that I have learned so far is the need to be a learner! I had a lot of questions before I came. I desire to make as few mistakes as possible when our ministry officially starts. However, I have been learning that EVERY ministry is different because every campus is different or has different dynamics. So, the challenge is to learn and be willing to fail in order to learn. I am thankful for those who have gone before me in international student ministry (especially, those who have taken the time to impart their wisdom to me and pray for my family and I!).
God has a lot of work to do in my life, but above all, I'm just thankful that He is already at work!
Dennis Runner- a witness, a follower, a student, and a lump of clay in the hands of my God and Savior.