Tom Herrick was our pastor at Christ the Redeemer in Centreville, VA. CTR began September of 1994...16 years ago! We were all experiencing Church Planting for the first time. It was an AMAZING time in all of our lives! Many of the parishioners from this church plant went on to head up ministries around the world. What Tom learned from the Lord during his tenure at CTR he has developed into The Titus Institute for Church Planting and it has been a very successful and refreshing ministry to many of the common cause churches of the Anglican Communion.
Tom is, what I call, my Spiritual Father. = ) Bill introduced me to Jesus 23 years ago, Tom taught me how to be in communion with Him...pray, listen to His voice, hear the Holy Spirit...Wait on Him. I count Tom as one of the most precious people in my life, and I thank the Lord that we get to have these times of refreshing in eachother's company along the paths He has for our lives.
Bishop John and Harriet are dear friends who have done much for the Country of Rwanda and helped to birth the AMiA mission. Bishop John's witness has strengthened me to "BELIEVE" ..."pray believing and it will be done for you." He has been such an example of trust in the Lord and that "Nothing is impossible with God".
It is always a pleasure to see him and Harriet at the Annual Conference, they will always be VERY dear to my heart! And I pray that one day the Lord would release us to work with them again to serve Rwanda.
As I return home, it has been difficult to get back in the swing of things! Conferences are times of great encouragement, excitement, and building up in our faith and our individual lives in the Lord. Being an extrovert it's ALWAYS energizing to spend a weekend fellowshipping! = )
It was SUCH a blessing to come home and see all the children and see what a fun time they had with their Gramma. Then we got SNOW!! LOTS AND LOTS OF SNOW!!! The kids have been off the last two days and looks like they might be off tomorrow.
I pray that what I gleaned from my time at the conference can be translated to my children. I pray that Bill and I can build up in them the heart for misisons and most especially a hunger for the Lord and to have a desire to use the gifts He has so graciously bestowed on them for His Glory...to be His hands and feet in this world.