I came back yesterday from my first real, over-three-nights ladies' conference! Many months ago, my friend Hilary Ker invited me to this ladies conference. I was immediately interested and excited. It was a missionary conference intended to refresh North American missionary ladies. I just wanted to meet all these other missionary ladies, and make friends, and hear their stories. Of course, I had to check with our preaching/touring schedule to see if it would work, and Paul came back with a disheartening, "I don't know." So he prayed for guidance, and the Lord guided with a clear yes! Yippee! It was on the schedule.
Hilary and I don't see much of each other, in spite of the fact she lives a mere kilometer or so away, but when we passed occasionally, we'd point at each other and say, "October!" as we were going to be roomies at the hotel, so figured we'd have plenty of time to catch up.
Glorious! I've been living with my three big guys in Muizenberg, and missing my girlies in Heaven and in Maine, respectively, so this was a great time of fellowship, or rather, girlowship. Or something like that. I warned the ladies that large overnighters with girls make me think of my boarding school days back at DCA and I might start acting like a high-schooler again.
The worship times were sweet, kind of tear-jerkers sometimes, in a good way. I had sort of forgotten I could be moved so much by music. It was precious.
We had a speaker who has been a missionary in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Spain, and now Ireland, so she was REALLY experienced and could empathize with just about everything. She is Sarah Wetzel, and she gave us her book which I am reading as fast as I can so I can put it in my book club. It's called Growing Down, and is good stuff.
Every morning, our table was decorated with flower and American chocolates. The Reese's were/are my favorites.
The food needs a mention. NINE all-you-can-eat buffets in a row! Temptation Ally. It was delicious.
After the conference, four of us buzzed over to an ostrich park. We met and fed Tom Thumb, the world's smallest full grown ostrich