Family Economics Conference 2014 — Review

With much gratitude to the LORD and to the Generations with Vision team, we report that the Family Economics & Mentorship Conference this past weekend was a decided success! How can one summarize, in a short post, several days packed to the fullest with encouragement, solid, Scriptural teaching, and precious fellowship?! Perhaps the best way to attempt this feat would be to merely touch on the highlights of the event.

IMG_7642Mrs. Swanson, testing out Confederate Candles

Eric Weir ("Godly Fathers, and the Crying Need of our Day")Kevin Swanson

Togetherness: Winking smile

Special thanks to our dear brother-in-law for loaning his wife and baby to us for the week while he returned home for work… having Amanda back as an active part of the Neely Team was such a joy! Matthew joined us for the last day of the conference, and what a blessing it was to be all together again.

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Sessions:

Each session, presented by Christ-centered, dynamic speakers such as Kevin Swanson, Eric Weir, Steve Riddell, Daniel Craig, Gregg Harris, Anne Miller, and Rick & Marilyn Boyer – was spiritually refreshing and highly practical. Topics included entrepreneurship, sales, godly character, marketing, mentorship, family life, and communication. We all left inspired, convicted, challenged… and ready to continue pressing onward in our various ministries, businesses, and family lives for the glory of our Savior and the advancement of His kingdom.

Greg HarrisSteve Riddell

Music:

What an honor it was to be able to minister through music during the conference! Special thanks to David Craig for all of his work in organizing this. His forethought and consideration allowed everything to run smoothly, and left us feeling welcomed and cared for. The music of the Craig and Roche gentlemen was also an incredible blessing to us.

"New Name in Glory" -- a stunning men's sextetBe Thou My Vision -- arranged by Ben Botkin

Vending/fellowship:

Participating in the vendor hall presented a perfect opportunity to get to know many precious families. The sweetness of the fellowship was a reminder of the blissful eternity that awaits those who have trusted Christ – to live for endless ages sharing the common bond of His love will be unspeakably glorious! This weekend was truly a foretaste of that joy. Friday evening, the conference team graciously hosted a pizza party for all of the attendees, allowing for even more fellowship to take place (imagine seeing a total of about 110 Domino’s pizzas piled on serving tables — quite a delicious sight! Smile).

IMG_7639The Young Living table

Panel discussion on the role of wives/daughters in the family economy: Megan Roach, Mrs. Anne Miller, Samantha Parker, Mrs. Alexander, and Mrs. Marilyn BoyerIMG_7641

Hotel staff:

And, last but certainly not least, the staff at our hotel (Holiday Inn Express, Hampton, VA) also largely contributed to the blessings of the weekend. Professional, accommodating, kind, and incredibly friendly, their actions and words spoke very well for their company. If you are ever passing through that area, we highly recommend this hotel!

 

A final summary… We praise the Lord for His merciful kindness so clearly manifested this weekend on our behalf, and look forward to returning home to apply what we have heard and learned. May He remain preeminent in all of our endeavors.

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