This is the third QuadW Missional Internship site directors gathering. And for the second year in a row we met in Dallas, TX. Each year we gather to share stories of God's faithfulness, to work through challenges, to look ahead to what's next. And bit by bit we find that this shared mission links us up to sisters and brothers we didn't know we had. Relationships grow deeper, year after year... and we keep adding new people to the team.
And this year we wanted to do what we could to not just get our work done, but to invest in and say "thank you" to our site directors... ALL of whom have other things that they do to make their living. This is just something they do because of their sense of calling and the joy they find in walking w/ young adults into God's mission in the world.
So, this year, we brought in a couple of people to share with us over the two days. Tim Catchim came on Thursday to share about the Enneagram and Amber Benson, professor at SMU to share about how to connect with, support, challenge and engage Generation Z (our interns for the next several years). These presentations and the conversation that ensured were rich and insightful in a way that had obvious and direct connection to our common work w/ QuadW mi... but beyond that, we learned a lot about ourselves and who God made us to be. For many of us, in the conversation about Gen Z we were learning about our children and many we know and love and serve along side of in a variety of ministry contexts.
In addition to seeing familiar faces once again, we were so happy to welcomed Chessie Lee (Riverton, WY) and Tiwirayi and Adlene Kufarimai (Birmingham and Anniston, AL) to the team. They will be launching our 3 new sites in summer 2018. They jumped right in and by the end of our time together were clearly a part of the QuadW mi family!
And (as pictured above) we enjoyed time with several of the QuadW Foundation Board Members for dinner at Mac and Lisa Tichenor's home. The QuadW Missional Internship would not exist without the Foundations vision and generosity. Time spent with them is always a gift, and as I said above, it allows us to see the way that we've been made a part of a family that is bigger and more expansive and more beautiful than we could have thought.
We are grateful to God for this time spent together!