Avant Conference in Kansas City
September 8 -12, 2015
We had a wonderful Homecoming Conference and banquet. Speakers for the conference had great uplifting and helpful messages. The Bible theme was based on Ephesians 4:11-12 (plus context and other text of course)., Dr. Jean Barsness spoke at the banquet.
Avant Office Building and Training Center
There were also field reports and Q&A sessions.
No matter where you sat, these eyes were watching you!
Retiring and incoming staff members were recognized by Avant President, Scott Holbrook while pictures were projected on the screen.
Other missionaries received service awards.
Special prayer for Avant's first missionary to Portugal
The lady below right is the mother of Tim Zimmerman, Director of King's Brass.
Friday night was the Annual Avant Banquet, held in the Embassy Suites Hotel of Kansas City. President Holbrook greeted everyone and introduced the program which included special music, videos and a fascinating glimpse into Avant's past by veteran missionary, Dr. Jean Barsness.
We stopped at a nice Christian coffee house for refreshments. The Ecuador missionaries were surprised to find a former MK working at the counter!
Does the sign mean people or coffee beans? Either way, it's overload!
Time to continue the tour. We are off to 7th and Euclid where many of the older missionaries went through a five-month "probation," now called "Candidate Orientation".
The location is now a parking lot!
The final stop was a cemetery where the bodies of a number of former missionaries were laid to rest. They are now with their Savior in Heaven!
We felt humbled and honored to have the privilege of serving in the footsteps of such giants of the faith! Our time of prayer will long be remembered.