You know a conference is going to be good when someone’s happy to travel two and a half thousand kilometres to be there – and that’s within the same State! WA is certainly big, and we like to think bigger IS better!!
On Friday night at the WA State Conference, Leaders learnt all about next year’s Mumsense theme – and a bit about themselves in the process. There was a fun take on discovering their own Mumsense with Cherie, and an opportunity to look at decision making with Sara’s quiz.
The team from Mt Pleasant Baptist Church MOPS was presented with the national 2011 “Spirit of MOPS “ Award for the way they have supported mums in their community for the last 10 years, and in other communities, too – planting two other MOPS groups.
You could hear a pin drop as one brave mum shared her heart-wrenching story of pain and loss. But the night ended with an awe-inspiring sense of hope, as she told of the way her MOPS group loved and accepted her, and how God has shown her how valuable she is as a woman and a mother.
Saturday started with some more heartfelt worship and a message from Rivervale’s Nicole Espenlaub about the amazing way God has brought her through some challenging personal times, on top of the challenges of being a MOPS Co-ordinator.
Game Show contestants and MOPS Leaders Duracell, Cruiser, Natural and Orderly had us in stitches – and squirming slightly at the realisation that everyone in the audience related to one of them to a tee!
National Director Margaret Sanders (who, incidentally, travelled more than three and a half thousand kilometres to be our keynote speaker) shared how power, love and self-discipline (being bold, loving and sensible) are great gifts from God that we must not be timid with. She told the amazing true story of Gladys Aylward, whose life journey was made into the Hollywood movie “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness”. We learnt that whatever skill we have – no matter how small – is an important part of MOPS; and we never know whose lives our contribution may change.
Networking and sharing of ideas was enjoyed at the morning’s Position Electives, and after lunch (just one in a string of sensational meals) we all learnt something we can use in either our jobs as Leaders or in our personal lives – or both!
All up fifteen MOPS groups, from the metro and country areas were represented – two of those haven’t even started yet… so there are some exciting times ahead for MOPS in WA. Not to mention a record attendance of 71 delegates! We were also super-blessed to have roaming Queensland Co-ordinator Karen Askey-Doran travel down from Broome to share with us.
Riverton Baptist MOPS did a fantastic job hosting this year’s Conference, and big thanks go to the WA Team: Cherie, Sara, Bec and Amy, who did an awesome job organising what many are calling the best WA Conference ever.
Our MOPS Leaders have been filled with excitement and anticipation for all God is going to do next year, as we help our mums discover and use their Mumsense and realise they already have what it takes to be BOLD, LOVING and SENSIBLE!
Coordinator, Carey MOPS, WA