May was a very full month, beginning as it did with the Supporters’ Dinner. How good it was to meet up again with ‘EEians’ from right across the spectrum and be encouraged and challenged about seeing mission local and international as being one. Shortly after, I was off to Arden Woods, North Carolina, USA, for our first in person Vice-President’s Conference and meeting with the EE International Board. It wasn’t nearly as scary as I expected! It was so good working together and feeling free to express one’s views and insight. I couldn’t help thinking how amazing it is that each VP represents a different continent of the world but we are one in Christ and He is building us into a team.
A sadness during the week was the passing of Anne Kennedy, wife of Dr. James Kennedy, Founder and First President of EE. She was one of his first trainees and thereafter, to the age of 91, she made it her aim to share the Gospel with someone every week. She wrote the names of every person she led to Christ in a notebook, filling many of them in her lifetime. Imagine the welcome she will have into heaven.
The end of May found me in Fiji, where I was seeking to help the Board better understand its role in directing the ministry and in supporting the National Director. In the coming months I’m planning similar trips to the other nations.
May God bless you in your mission, Anne Bowie.
VP for Oceania