Written by Edith Guffey, Conference Minister
Hosting the Partnership Visit: Wow, I’d never done THAT before. What an experience and what an endeavor for KO to pull off. Nikki Woolsey and Eve Kendall from Conference Council were the co-planners of the program and helped to shape the overall experience dividing responsibilities. But then we needed to broaden the circle and looked for churches and pastors to join in hosting and welcoming guests, joining in meals and driving from Oklahoma to Kansas and participating in programming. Thank you. See Pictures Here.
Bobbie Henderson, Chris Moore, Kayla Bonewell, Mark Van Dorn and Mark Peterson; David and Cherie Wheeler, Aaron Roberts, Heather Coates, Douglas Kratschmann, Diane Miller and Dennis Ureche, Gage Church, Sheridan Irick, Rachael Pryor, Heidi Hawkinson Penny, Tobias Schlingensiensiepen, Dale Parson, Andrew Burnside, John Lord, Lucia Orth, Shannah McAleer, Jeremy Winfrey and Peter Luckey.
That was a lot of people, a lot of coordination and a lot of miles. And except for Saturday evening and Sunday until dinner, Rev. Nikki Woolsey was the person who served as the chauffeur, host, interpreter and “explainer of this is how it works here” for our guests and she did a fabulous job. You may recall that Nikki went to Germany representing KO where she experienced the partnership for the first time. When she returned she wrote an article for eNEWS entitled “Discovering the Power of Partnership” that I encourage you to read again now we have had a recent visit.
I never said to Nikki, “if you go to Germany for KO, when our partners come here, you will have to host them.” Nope, she stepped forward and volunteered lead and to serve as host because of her experience. Thank you especially to Nikki for the incredible gift of time and leadership.
Thank you, Eve and Nikki and other members of the Partnership Contact Group, (Chris Moore, Shannah McAleer, Dennis Ureche, Tobias Schlingensiensiepen) and thank you Dorothy Berry. Dorothy’s passion was ecumenism and the financial gift she left for KO made this experience possible. It was an investment to reinvigorate the partnership and embed it in the life of the Conference with the hope and expectation that it will become a valued and important part of our ongoing ministry. If you knew Dorothy, you know she would have been delighted that gift has been to support this ministry.