North Carolina FEW Conference

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! The first Family Encouragement Weekend of the year was a smashing success. However, the enemy’s opposition was evident. We did have a “few” interruptions, unexpected medical complications, and other spiritual warfare, but “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.” Once again good overcame evil! Each family left inspired to apply the truths of Scripture to every-day family life, and encouraged that we are not alone in the battle. Thank you Neely and Wilkes Teams for your labor of love and desire to share with others what God has done in your lives!

A full parking lotWe met many new families.All the young people put together a fabulous orchestra, complete  with penny-whistlesOne family traveled over 14 hours to make it for the weekend!How can life be the same after that message?A testimony from the heart reaches the heart."How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"An encouraging reminder to see all circumstances from God's perspective.Question and Answer sessionA fun family song :-)"...With my song will I praise Him"Full analysis and commentary on the aesthetic values of Donald's chalk work by Adam Wilkes. :-)The audio visual support teamNever a dull moment with 34 people in one house!Big chef, little chef: Discipleship Hotdogs!Mom's bed was already occupied... :-/Welcoming the latecomersThat must have been a good one!"Dutch Blitz, anyone?"Happy Birthday, Mom!You should have tasted those cakes...Practicing our group song togetherBehind the scenes...God's ways work!






Guilty face by the cookie table...Teaching by Analogy

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” – Colossians 3:1-2

The whole team!


  1. Michael March 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    I Praise the Lord for all of you who shared what God has been doing in your lives. His name was glorified and I was encouraged.

  2. Hannah Burnett March 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Wow, these conferences look so encouraging and fun!! What a blessing.

  3. Esther Staddon March 21, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    The Lord was there! What an incredible weekend!

  4. Sarah and Kenan Wilkes March 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    What a blessing it is to be with like-minded believers! These FEW Conferences are such an encouragement.
    Great pictures!!!

  5. James March 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    What a weekend! It was good to look over the pictures again and remember what God had done. I like the picture of us practicing singing, Donald; great perspective!

  6. Donald March 23, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Thank you James, I really enjoyed preparing for and giving the chalk talk.
    Another thing that I remember is talking with Mr. Wilkes just before we left. It confirmed something Matthew and I had been discussing regarding the “skill” of hearing from the Lord and applying specific Scriptures before a problem/need comes rather than afterward.
    In an enjoy-now pay-later society it is refreshing to know that God can, through His Word, give us what we need for a situation ahead of time if we walk with Him and are attentive to Him.
    Each week I am looking for how something the Lord gives early meets an unexpected need later in the week and it is a challenge.
    For example though: this morning Dad said that James’ flight to Korea would be coming up and that he should check into the risk of radiation exposure over Japan. I said “Hm, we ought to do a study on radiation”. Then Jonathan brightened up and said “We have! That is what our Wisdom Booklet is about, the atomic bomb.” It was great. We’ll have to let you know what we find James.
    God give us grace to follow Him in our learning each week and each day.

  7. Kendalyn March 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    That was a wonderful weekend and I was blessed to meet so many families diligently seeking the Lord. Thank you for letting this family of one join you – it was an unforgettable and encouraging weekend!

  8. Parker Hankins March 4, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

    This conference is such a blessing!


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