Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Grace Church Pastoral Leadership & Educational Conferences

This past May, the Healing Haiti Faith & Education Advocates, lead by Sue Lennartson and Linda Blesener, had the wonderful opportunity to conduct the first Pastoral Leader Conference, a 2-day conference that took place at Grace Church in Titanyen, Haiti.  Grace Church’s own pastors Gary St. Hubert and Wesley Altime hosted the conference.  Over 270 area pastors, associates and children’s ministers attended.  On Day 2 of the conference, we were blessed to have three pastors from Eagle Brook Church in Minnesota attend as well.  It was absolutely amazing!

The conference was filled with inspiration, learning, prophecy, generosity, the exchange of knowledge and teaching, and so much more.  We were blessed with selfless worship leaders (pictured on the left) and inspirational speakers who presented impactful lessons, building tools and testimonies to lift up a terrific group of pastors who were eager to learn and share ideas with one another.  There was fruitful open discussion amongst the speakers and audience, and we had the wonderful opportunity to learn from each other.  
Later in the week, we hosted a 2-day Education Conference for teachers and staff from Grace Academy and from other area schools.  We engaged in hard discussions, thought-provoking games and activities, and brainstorming new ideas to keep students engaged in their education, all while building a strong team of great educators in Haiti.  This is the 3rd Education Conference and the first one that was extended beyond Grace Academy.  The lessons during these two days focused on the care of the students and the teachers.  It is vital that we celebrate the successes, the joy of teaching and the joy of learning and the relationship between the student and teacher.

One of the many beauties of this trip was that we were a small team and got to work closely with one another, the Grace Church Worship staff, the teachers and a few of the long-term missionaries in a capacity we wouldn’t normal be able to do.  In all that we did, we were able to spend much more time getting to know, encourage, and pour our hearts into the leaders of the churches and schools.

The entire week set time aside for our mission team, the hosts, presenters, pastors and teachers to be infused with a renewed faith and a refreshed vision to expect and reach for greater things for God.  We ask for continued prayers for the churches and schools in Titanyen, Haiti, to continue impacting their communities in impactful ways!

(Written by Carolyn Pugh, Faith & Education Advocate)

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