Saturday Afternoon Retreat

post date: May 16, 2009


Modeling our brand-new Keep Believing t-shirts.
I’m writing this update from a meeting room at our hotel in suburban Chicago. At the moment the KBM board (minus Peter Faulkner and Alan Pritchard who couldn’t be with us) is in the middle of our afternoon session. We’re a little behind schedule, mostly because we’ve had such excellent discussions that we didn’t want to stop. Last night we reviewed (and celebrated) God’s faithfulness since the founding of this ministry in May 2006. This morning Derek Taylor explained the latest refinements to the KBM website and then we worked on the Keep Believing China project. We agreed that by the end of the year we will post at least 50 Chinese language sermons. And we hope to add other languages to our website in the next several years.

This afternoon we’re working on a new mission statement for Keep Believing Ministries. It’s the first time we’ve visited the topic in three years. At the moment Dave Hoy and Marlene are standing up talking over various possibilities, and Cliff, Brian and Skip are intently looking at the screen while MaryAnn types the different suggestions. Phyllis Raad is knitting, and Derek is leaning against the counter at the back of the room. And me? I’m updating the blog.

Tonight Cliff will help us plan an October banquet in Chicago, we’ll review the finances, and then we’re going to talk about some exciting new publishing ventures. 

Last night MaryAnn surprised us with brand-new Keep Believing t-shirts. After lunch we put on the t-shirts for our group picture. Front row L-R: Skip Olson, MaryAnn Spiegel, Marlene Pritchard, Brian Bill. Back row L-R: Derek Taylor, Cliff Raad, Ray Pritchard, David Hoy. 

What a privilege to spend a weekend with board members who are also good friends.

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