Elaine and I were honored to participate in the Second Quad Cities Missions Conference on Sunday August 12th. This very unique network includes six local churches in Illinois and Iowa and extends into two Converge regions. These churches are locking arms and aligning their budgets with the vision to send more local people out as missionaries to the nations. The six pastors had a pulpit exchange all preaching from Psalm 67, a mission Psalm. At the Grandview Davenport, IA church John shared how God led him to become a missionary where Pastor Jerry Schrick, from partnering church in Moline, Illinois, preached.
In the afternoon, Cornerstone church in Eldridge Iowa was a hive of activity. There were three workshops presented. Twice Elaine & John team taught a workshop on “How does God lead you?” Over 400 volunteered with Kids Against Hunger packed over 23,000 meals for children in needy countries. Then the entire conference closed with a worship celebration. Steve Valentine, Missionary Recruitment Director, also took part in the commissioning of missionaries from this church network including Drew & Sarah Robertson, new missionaries with Converge Worldwide originally from Calvary, Monmouth, IL. Ivan Veldhuizen, Director of International Ministries, challenged all the churches with a message Rescued to Rescue from Isaiah 54.