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By Richard Atwood

Learn more about the ministry of Free Will Baptist Home Missions.


Photo: Missionaries Allen and Jenny Hall pose in an oversized rocking chair during the recent Home Missionary Summit in Nashville, TN.


EARLIER THIS YEAR, 80 home missionaries and their wives gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, for a Missionary Summit. Former Home Missionary Paul Thompson was the keynote speaker. Chris Truett, chairman of the FWB Music Commission, spoke on music and its many uses in the worship service.

Ladies attending the meeting enjoyed sessions that featured valuable information to help them in their roles as missionary wives (presented by guest speakers Wanda Powell and Sandy Atwood). The ladies also enjoyed fellowship in the home of Wanda Powell where they shared stories from their fields of service.



In other sessions, Home Missionaries Keith Bartlett, Greg Floars, Chad Kivette, and Jason Taylor shared ideas and solutions to common problems with their fellow missionaries. Besides the services, those in attendance enjoyed times of prayer, eating, and sharing. Missionaries seemed to enjoy the time of fellowship and instruction. Here are some quotes from some of the missionaries:
 “Thank you for a tremendous three days. Oh, what a family we have been united with. I cannot tell you how much Holly and I were encouraged and challenged for the work.”  Michael Hutton, newly appointed home missionary, Springfield, TN.
“How does one say thank you for what you have done? Each of you made us feel so loved, special, and encouraged. We feel revived, strengthened, and challenged as we go back to our work.” Julie McCoy, missionary’s wife, Prattville, AL.


“As to the question of the conference being worthwhile…Wow! I have been to a lot of “stuff,” and I am not sure I have ever been to anything that was more on target for what I needed. Great job. I will number the days until the next one.”  John Reed, home missionary, Green Bay, WI.


Richard Atwood is the director of missionary assistance for the Home Missions Department.


©2007 ONE Magazine, National Association of Free Will Baptists