Annual Conferences remain a key strategic part of our missionary's lives and our fellowship value in WEC. Once a year most branches would gather together to be fed by God’s word, to train, discuss business, form strategies, encourage and refresh each other and to worship God. To free missionaries up to do this and also to bless our MKs, branches usually run a kids program at the same time. These programs are usually one of the biggest highlights of the year for our kids.
So why have people come from afar at some expense and run programs?
Let me suggest 3 things.
1. A chance to make a difference in MK’s lives:
- God loves MKs and has called them with their parents. We place high value on their growth and walk with the Lord.
- MKs can often miss out on a lot of Christian input from people who are not their family.
- MKs face many pressures as foreigners.
- MKs wrestle with faith. They are not immune to doubt, poor self esteem, stress and loneliness, so having people minister to them is such help for them.
- If our MKs are not doing well then the whole family is effected.
- MKs are also missionaries in their own right where they live so keeping them strong in their faith impacts others.
- MKs can go on to chose careers as missionaries themselves and thrive because of the experiences that they already have.
2. A chance for us as sending churches to grow as a group:
- Spending significant time traveling and work together to bless and encourage our missionaries working long-term overseas.
- It can be an exciting, fun, challenging, moving, stretching new experience.
- Growing in understanding of the world and the opportunities.
- To strengthen the connections with these families and their work.
Caitlin who went as part of a church team to run a program in Central Asia for their WEC missionary's writes:
"“I was given the opportunity to serve in the children’s ministry programs at a WEC conference held in Central Asia. It was a large team with around 50 kids and teens. Ministering to precious children from families who are passionate about God and making Him known was an incredible experience...Our superhero program used crafts, skits, stories and games to explore heroes of the Bible and to reinforce the ultimate hero, Jesus! I had the opportunity to encourage and inspire the children to live boldly and to actively share the gospel with those around them. Children from missionary families have unique faith in the miraculous works of God in our world. It was an honour and a privilege to serve alongside missionaries sent out from our church to inspire, equip and love the next generation of kingdom builders!"