Parents of missionaries gather in Topeka

Parents of missionaries recently gathered at Western Hills Church in Topeka for a weekend of fellowship and training.

The parents came from Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri. Missouri parents came to learn how to re-start their own parents’ group.

D. Ray Davis, from the International Mission Board and the Mobilization Team, shared how to advocate for the overseas family along with strategies and changes at the IMB. He conveyed expertly the IMB’s current vision and strategies.

A panel of overseas workers and Third Culture Kids, who have grown up overseas, helped the parents know how to communicate support
effectively and how to be an advocate for them.

Grateful for a safe place to ask questions, parents learned more about supporting and sending their children and grandchildren around the world. Three family units that attended have children and grandchildren in orientation right now and they will be leaving for the field soon. So this meeting came at just the right time.

Everyone in the room lives counter-culture to our American Christian family culture. Instead of gathering their children and grandchildren near, they send them far for the sake of the gospel and God’s glory.

Listening to each other’s stories, praying for one another and learning how to be sending parents and grandparents built a common bond and a unified spirit.

The parents expressed their appreciation to:

  • KNCSB, which hosts this annual event
  • Western Hills Church, Topeka, for the accommodations and helping with the Friday night meal and worship
  • Trinity Baptist Church, Wamego, Kan., for the Saturday meal
  • Southview Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church, both in Lincoln, Neb., for providing the contents of the gift bags

If your church would like to help with this meeting, please contact the Sending Office at KNCSB. It will be held again in August 2018.