Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Best Vacation

The Anyabwile family is having perhaps the best family vacation we've ever had. For totally different qualities, N. Ireland and Scotland were off the charts wonderful last year. But this year, we're at the Carey Family Conference in Canada. It's our first "camping" experience. I say "camping" because unlike the real soldiers sleeping in tents in a rain soaked field, we're actually in a nice little cabin with beds, stove, refrigerator, etc. It's "camping" the way it ought to be.

The kids are splashing around in the mud, riding bikes, making friends, sliding along zip lines, and otherwise spending their entire vacation out of doors doing what kids should do. Three campfires in and they're as hooked on camping as my Canadian friends seem to be.

The mornings feature singing and preaching. And let me say here that the men I've heard preach the word are among some of the best I've heard (Kirk Wellum, Don Theobald, and Carl Muller so far). I think the Carey Conference may be the best-kept family vacation secret in North America. In the evenings, I've had the privilege of preaching through Matthew 18-20. Last Sunday I also had opportunity to share the word at Grace Baptist Church in Cambridge, a wonderful family of saints obviously well taught by pastor Dave Robinson. It's encouraging to meet so many committed to the word of God, the doctrines of grace, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

Paul and Susan Martin, pastor of Grace Fellowship of Toronto, have been our most gracious hosts and guides. Each day we've shared lunch and dinner with a family here at the conference. The hospitality has been wonderful; many new friends. The kids have voted that we come every year for vacation. Not a bad idea at all.


Sarah said...

Let me be the first to say that we totally enjoyed having you at the Carey ... both for the company and the preaching. Thank you for bringing the Word so powerfully and practically.
I'm so glad that you and your family have had such a great time and we hope to see you again at a future Carey Conference!

Anonymous said...

Brother Thabiti

It was so wwonderul having you at Carey. I do hope that this is only the first of many visits to Canada and Carey. Thank you so very much

Nathan said...

Good to see you at the conference. You're always welcome! Come and visit even if it's not for the whole week! I'll be keeping up on your blog.