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Convener's Corner — July 2016

Brothers and Sisters in Christ;

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer as we are on the backside of July already! Among all of our vacations and family activities the Via de Cristo takes this time of year to have a national gathering or as we call it the NLS (National Lutheran Secretariat) July 21 through July 24th.

Most of you have heard of this as it is the gathering of all of the secretariats across the nation. Minnesota has been well represented over the years at this event and this year again we will send 18 delegates. This will be the 3rd year I will have gone to the NLS and am honored to join our delegation. We will have conferences along with a business meeting for the election of National positions or other issues that are to be addressed for the year. It is a great time to meet other like minded people. I guess you could say make a friend be a friend and bring a friend in Christ at the NLS!! With all the activities this is a great time to bring back ideas to keep the fire burning for the Minnesota VDC.

I would like to ask a favor of all of our 4th day community and that is as you bring your prayers to the LORD please keep our VDC delegation in your prayers as we travel to and from Sylvania Ohio for this great event. We truly have a strong Via de Cristo organization in Minnesota. I would also ask you to pray for the newly formed North Dakota Secretariat who will be sending 5 representatives to the NLS for the first time.

These are exciting and can be very productive times for the VDC especially in light of the events going on in today's world. Remember God is always with you and remain steadfast in your Christian faith. He will never leave you. Enjoy the rest of your summer and as weekends come up make a friend be a friend and bring a friend to Christ. Also consider working on a team. If it has been quite a bit of time since you have worked on a team or have never worked on a team, find out what you've been missing!

Blessings,

Scott Erickson
Minnesota Via de Cristo Convener


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