Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Annual Pastor - Family Picnic at SIFAT

After last Sundays beautiful hibiscus I have been quite taken by them and yesterday we went to the annual Southeastern district Pastor/Family picnic at SIFAT.  When I got out of my car...there she was.  The most beautiful red hibiscus dancing in the breeze and I grabbed my camera and captured her.  When I downloaded the picture it almost looked 3-D to me.  I love how spendid she looks....don't you?  Anyways...we went to the picnic....all the pastors (retired and active) from the district and their spouses were invited.  We socialized for a bit and then the business session began.  New officers were elected...Frank is now Vice-President.  Business discussed and tours were then given for those who have never seen how SIFAT operates....or just want to go through it again.  SIFAT is really cool.  Servants in Faith And Technology is a Christian nonprofit organization that provides training in self-help programs for a needy world.
SIFAT offers opportunities for Christians to get involved personally, both to learn from others and to partner with them in missions.  The idea of SIFAT was conceived in the jungles of the Alto Beni of Bolivia in 1976 when Ken and Sarah Corson took their four children and moved to Sapecho to be pastors of a Bolivian church. Realizing that the homesteaders there needed more than spiritual nourishment, Ken and Sarah began work in integrated development with the people of the village.  The Quechuan mayor of the town, Benjo Paredes, became a Christian that year and has been a great Christian community leader. Benjo and Ken cofounded CENATEC (Centro Nacional de Tecnologia Sustenible), a nonprofit Christian organization in Bolivia. CENATEC was the mother organization out of which SIFAT was born. In 1979, the Corsons returned to Alabama and established SIFAT as a training center for meeting basic human needs. Since then, CENATEC and SIFAT have worked closely in many endeavors.  I got to meet Ken and Sarah yesterday.  They are some really awesome people.  Their son runs SIFAT now.  The camp director is Nate and he is married to Laura...they both work fact...they were married on site.  Yesterday was their nine-month anniversary.  It was also Dr. Richard Stryker (our District Superintendant's) birthday.  Frank took the tour for a second time.  I had planned to but enjoyed visiting with other pastor wives and the D.S.'s wife, Jennie, and their precious little one, I stayed behind....besides it was hot as rip.  Lunch was served a little before 12 and we feasted on grilled hamburgers and hotdogs cooked for us by the summer staff, mostly comprised of college students.  One of those college students, Paul, led our music for the meeting portion of the day.  He was an excellent musician and had the sweetest voice.  I was really surprised when I looked up and there was my sweet Hamp.  Hamp was one of the youth from First Methodist Alex City.  He is in college at Auburn and one of my most favorite individuals.  He has a beautiful voice too.  You ought to hear him sing Awesome God.  It was a great treat to spend a little time with him and the other staffers.  They actually gave up their one and only day off to do this for us.  What a great group of young people!  They are all working the summer camps program.  There are seven weeks of camps.  They have already been through five and only have two left. SIFAT has a blog that you should visit so I provided a link for you to check it out.  It is an amazing place and I am so glad our district has started having their picnics there.  I don't know who made Bro. Richard's birthday cake but Frank said it was delish.  On our way home, my sweet niece Ramona called and filled me in on next weekends project.  Many of us are meeting at Randy and Amanda's lake house and doing yardwork and fixing the split rail fence.  Since Randy's bout with ALL...yard work has been are going to be really Good, Good Samaritans next weekend...and get it in shape so that that load will be lifted from them.  Hope your Saturday was a great one.  Still wishing for rain here.  We had a little shower...but not nearly enough.


Mary said...

It's so nice to know that there are still young men & women out there who are willing to do things for the glory of God!

Sweet Tea said...

The Hibiscus is BEAUTIFUL - it looks like velvet in the photo. Great job!! What a great time you had meeting with all your peer pastors and families. Congrat's to Frank for the VP job!