Come Apart and Rest A While

Autumn RoadAfter an incredibly busy conference season, the IBLP Headquarters staff took a few days off in the beautiful Northwoods of Michigan. The autumn colors were right around their peak, proclaiming the glory of God in creation and painting a gorgeous canvas of vibrant color all over the landscape

Volleyball!Fellowship in the NWCC Lobby

This refreshing time of fellowship and rest encouraged our hearts and brought us closer together. We also enjoyed some good, competitive games of volleyball!

A song from the Philippino groupA group of Filipino students, led by Matt Stewart and Andrew Jorgensen, went through a Journey to the Heart in the Northwoods and were going through the Basic Seminar the week that we were there. They also served diligently in the kitchen and were a big blessing to all of us. Daniel Shipley told me, “I have been with many groups of orphans over the past five years, but I’ve never seen a group with such an eagerness to learn and seek the Lord.”

An inspiring message by Pastor Pierpont One night Pastor Pierpont shared a classic message with us on the glory of the Lord. Every time he talks about the glory or God, 2 Corinthians 3:18 stands out to me in a whole new way, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

May God glorify Himself in us more and more as we are conformed to His image!

Part of the Team


  1. Joshua October 8, 2007 at 4:37 pm #

    Even our Lord understood the importance of rest when He called His disciples away to the desert. I remember being up at the Northwoods last year during the EIS conference last year and being blessed immensely. It felt like a mini ATI conference. The Lord used that time up there with Life Focus and the session or two we were able to hear to strengthen my walk with the Lord.

    By the way, that verse in 2 Cor. 3, leads right into Paul’s ministry chapter and my life verse (2Cor. 4:1). Excellent portion of Scripture.

  2. Donald October 9, 2007 at 11:45 am #

    So that’s where you’ve been! Rest is definitely an often overlooked ingredient for success. Thanks for the reminder and may God bless you as you continue abiding in Him through the year!

  3. James October 10, 2007 at 7:26 am #

    Praise the Lord for a good time and place to refocus and be encouraged in the Lord with other likeminded believers. Thank you Robert for what you are allowing God to do through you to make these events possible.

  4. Dad October 21, 2007 at 1:54 pm #

    It is so encouraging to hear about the spirit of one accord and unity among the staff and ministry at Headquarters.
    “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life” (Mark 10:29-30).

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