Monday, May 02, 2005


Military Ministries Conference -- Saturday & Sunday

We had a very nice afternoon talking over a long lunch at the hotel restaurant...just the two of us. It was great. I think the best part of the whole weekend was just being able to spend so much time together, reconnecting. Couples just need to do that from time to time--it's so easy to lose the communication in the busyness of day to day life. So, Saturday afternoon was a really nice, relaxing time in a very busy weekend.

Saturday evening was a really nice evening. We got to know more about the ministry, and met more great people...some were from Michigan, too! Betsy told us about her ministry in the Grand Rapids area. She collects industrial scrap materials from businesses and recycles them for use in schools in for charity projects. I sat next to Beverly at dinner--wife of a Florida lobbyist (former senator and legislator)--and we had a wonderful talk. She was very sweet...very down-to-earth. We were treated to a great drama presentation, "The Cross", and heard more great music from Dick and Mel Tunney.

Sunday Morning was neat, too. We packed up our luggage and went to Langley Air Force Base for a "Change of Leadership" ceremony. Gen. Abel retired this year from the Military Ministries and this was his time to hand over leadership to Gen. Dees. They did the ceremony very much like a regular military ceremony would have been conducted. It was very formal and "official" feeling. Afterward, we were treated to brunch at the Officer's Club.

From there, we went to the airport and waited...and waited... See, even though it was Late April, Michigan was dealing with snow! Our plane was over an hour late to arrive because it was coming from Detroit...which had 7" of snow! Well, that's Michigan for you! LOL! We had a really great time waiting, though, because we were able to fellowship with some new friends, Ann-Marie, David, and the Manthei's from Petoskey. It's really neat how when you meet up with fellow believers, it's like you've known each other forever. I think it's like that because when it goes down to your core, you have a common basis for belief...everything else just seems to fall into place. It truly is a small world!

We got home about 9:00 and it was really great to see the boys again. They grew while we were gone, though! It seems like they just do that every so often over night!

posted by Kim  # 7:50 PM
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