It’s That Time of Year Again!

Posted by admin in July 11th, 2009
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IICS, the organization Big D and I work for ( has its annual conference every July. It’s a time of great fellowship, amazing speakers and it’s a time when IICS profs come home from the field and share their stories—stories of how God has moved on the lives of their students, colleagues and neighbors. I love this time of year, although it can be pretty hectic. We also do the orientation for all new IICS professors who are heading out to teach at overseas universities this fall. In fact, Big D and I move to the hotel today ’cause the orientation starts first thing tomorrow (Sunday) morning! We have 17 orientees this year. Pretty exciting. We thank God for each and every one of them and their obedience to follow God into the distant classroom.

Hey! If you live in the Kansas City area, you should try to attend this conference. We call it the IICS Vision Conference and it starts July 16 (Thursday) and runs through July 18 (Saturday). We have some fantastic speakers this year: Elaine Storkey, who is my all-time favorite. She’s British you know, and quite smart, but so very down-to-earth. I just love her. And we have Walt Kaiser for all the brainiacs and Dean Trulear for those concerned with social justice. Wow. It’s gonna be a great conference. AND, yes folks there’s more…IICS has a big banquet on Friday night (July 17) that anyone can come to. The banquet is the highlight of the year for us. God is moving around the world doing great and mighty things and the reason we don’t hear much about it is because we live in America. (Sorry, but it’s true). Lots of incredible testimonies are shared at the dinner. It’s always a faith-builder for me. Call the office if you’re interested: 913.962.4422. Tell Lisa you want to sign up for either the conference or the dinner or BOTH. Fun times.

So, I probably won’t be able to post anything this next week. Hope folks will take time to look at some of the earlier posts like “The War Less Travelled.” Hello people! No one ever reads that one. It’s in three parts. Or, how about “Dandelions are Weeds?” (The title of my next book, “The Adventures of a Dandelion Gatherer”). Hardly anyone read that one either and it’s one of my favorites. OR, “You Can’t Judge a Priest by His Cover.” Leave me a message and let me know what you think. Have a great week. And, oh yeah…Peace.

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154. admin said,
July 11th, 2009 at 5:22 am

Dr. Laura, we’re really gonna miss you this year. You’re one of my favorite speakers. 🙁

155. BBQ Girlfriend said,
July 11th, 2009 at 8:46 am

Teri, I should have told you long ago that I have read ALL your blogs. I look forward to them almost like I look forward to chocolate and BBQ! (Can you tell I’m in Texas???) Your stories make “think about what I think.” Does that make sense? So, thank you for taking the time to blog and share especially since I know you have lots of free time between midnight and 4am! I’ll see you in a few days!

156. rhinze said,
July 11th, 2009 at 10:22 am

Hi Teri,
Don’t despair. I’ve read ALL of the posts you’ve mentioned! And I’m sure many others have too! We are just shy and don’t post comments.
I especially liked “You Can’t Judge a Priest by His Cover.”! Very moving, and very convicting to my smug, self-righteous self!
Wish I was coming to KC this week! Maybe next year, Lord willing!
Grace to you,
Rick Hinze

157. admin said,
July 11th, 2009 at 11:14 am

How funny! We’re rushing around here getting packed and ready to leave for the conference and Daryl says, almost in passing, “Hey, you sound so needy on your blog today. Almost desperate.” I say, “Nahhh. You’re just misreading it.” But just in case, and because I accused Walt Kaiser of liking bran a lot (sorry it was a typo)I go online and there are two messages responding to my great “neediness!” That’s so funny. Thanks for the words of affirmation and kindess. And Rick, we’d love to see you at the old IICS Vision Conference next year. Christy, just a few day and we’ll be laughing. 🙂

159. texas sister said,
July 18th, 2009 at 10:56 am

Oh Teri!!!

I know you won’t read this today, but I had saved up your blogs from June 21st to sit and read at my leisure. I cannot express effectively how much I am moved and challenged as I read how the Father has worked in your life. Some stories are familiar and some are not- I love them all.
Let me tell you, a few minutes ago I was traveling on the TSR with you as my phone rang and I honestly couldn’t figure out where I was because I get so intimately involved with the “plot” and am smelling the smells and feeling the motion of the train and imagining the General and picturing you as you command Phillip, (was it?) to go quietly to his berth in Jesus Mighty Name!

Keep it up don’t stop telling of His wonders!!


161. said,
July 25th, 2009 at 9:22 am

I love your blogs. I feel like I have traveled where you have traveled just because you can paint a picture with words. So glad you are MY cousin.


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