The SA MOPS Conference was a time of wonderful worship, brilliant brainstorming, frolicking fun, and tantalising treats.
The Seaton MOPS team, the Conference host church for 2011, continued the time-honoured tradition of previous host teams, as “Hosts Extraordinaire”.
They mightily blessed the sixty passionate MOPS leaders who arrived from all across the state threading BOLD, LOVING and SENSIBLE through everything they did. We felt LOVED the moment we entered the door, with the warmth of the greetings and the gourmet treats. The BOLD, stunning decor created an atmosphere of excitement, and the name tags were SENSIBLY created for those of us who would no doubt forget which electives we had chosen!
The theme carried through to the Welcome Bags with BOLD animal shower caps, LOVING samples of Jurlique hand cream and SENSIBLE bottles of water.
Friday evening saw us enter into a frolicking board game as we journeyed through the six DVD theme topics for 2012. “MUMSENSE MANIA” was ably hosted by Amanda Huber and her zany assistant “Sonia Kruger” AKA April Croser.
MOPPETS workers were honoured for the important role they perform week after week in our MOPS groups. They were presented with floral gifts and tiaras, and were shown a video and photo montage of their MOPPETS children. Heartfelt words of encouragement from MOPS mums streamed throughout this presentation.
SA was blessed with the attendance of Donna Hill the MOPS National Field Staff Leader. She taught, inspired and encouraged us all to be BOLD- LOVING -SENSIBLE MOPS Leaders. She compared our journey to that of Esther, a no-one in the eyes of the world, an orphan and a Jew, yet used by God to touch the heart of a King and ultimately save her nation.
Both the MOPS Mum Testimony and MOPS Leader Testimony were shared and received with tears. What an incredible God we serve! These two women’s lives have been transformed by the Godly love of the women in their MOPS group, where they felt loved and accepted as individuals, and as mothers. One of them, formally shy and withdrawn, now serves on her MOPS team in not one but two positions. Our God, the God of Esther, was unmistakably revealed by these testimonies.
Much enthusiastic sharing and brainstorming occurred throughout the entire weekend. God equipped us to go and serve our local MOPS groups BOLDLY, LOVINGLY and SENSIBLY.
Regional Coordinator, SA