We had an outstanding Bible conference and the new location was excellent. Attendance was actually greater than we had expected given the economic conditions. One unusual thing: the last night's attendance was actually larger that the night before! No matter when you end a meeting like this, some folks feel it necessary to leave early. This year was no exception--the exception was that others took their place! Having the meeting more local helped.
Matt Walker, Rick Jordan and Randy Davis graduated from GSB at this conference. It made Monday evening a very special time. We also had good reports through the week from Bob Barlow about the exciting things happening in China, as well as from Des Strydom about Africa, Johny Varghese about India and Tom Bruscha about our Forgotten Truths television program. From the preaching/teaching this week, I'd say the grace message is alive, well and moving forward!
We always have a large group of friends/relatives staying with us before and after the conference. It is a special treat to enjoy the "after conference" fun times--late night conversations, lots and lots of laughs, etc. Today we took a large group of teens (21 in all) to do downtown Chicago. They are making friends--grace friends--that will last a life time.
David, Stacy and their boys left this afternoon. Cynthia and I leave tomorrow to take our AZ grandkids home and then we'll all drive from Mesa to the conference in California in Rick and Linda's big van. I don't look forward to the long road trip, but more time with my grand kids always keeps things interesting.
At the moment Cynthia is doing some last minute office work. I did radio for the next two weeks yesterday afternoon (Des Strydom preached for us at Shorewood) and caught up on GSB paper work. Now we just have to pack so we can be at the airport at 8:00 in the morning.
Oh, yea. Cynthia still has to cut my hair, too. And, yes, she also cuts hair!