When in Rome...and Naples
At the end of October we gathered with 80+ pastors, wives, and ministry leaders who serve all over the world. We convened in Naples, Italy for the International Baptist Conventions Annual Meeting. It was 3 days of business meetings, but more than that was time with our colleagues who serve in transient, international churches, like LifeBridge, all over Europe and Latin America.
Immediately after that, we were assessors for a Church Planters Assessment. The assessment is a 2 day process that couples go through to see if they are equipped to plant churches with the IBC. We are always grateful to be part of this opportunity for new planters, as it was so helpful for us when we started going through the process to come to Panama. We were on a team of 12 assessors and there were 3 couples participating. It's work that we do not take lightly, as we are speaking into these people's lives as they consider where God is leading them.
At the end of our trip, we were able to take a few days to be tourist in Italy. A highlight of that time was a pre-dawn bike tour of Rome. So grateful for our time in Italy as it was encouraging to be with our colleagues from around the world....and the pasta and gelto were pretty awesome too :)