Posted on : Tuesday May 6, 2014

By Sharon Mager, BCM/D Correspondent

FINKSBURG, Md—Faith Family Church, Finksburg, will have a two day “Thrive, advancing native misisons” women’s conference May 16 to 17.

Sarah Sleet, Faith Family’s women’s and children’s minister said several members from Faith met Advancing Native Missions (ANM) representatives during a missions trip to Guatemala and learned about the ANM ministry.ANMlogo

Sleet and others attended an ANM conference in Virginia and were impressed by the content an quality of the conference. “I was blown away,” Sleet said. That prompted the church to host the upcoming conference.

According to the Advancing Native Missions website, the organization “…is a U.S.-based agency called to seek out, evaluate, and equip indigenous mission groups throughout the world in order to hasten global evangelization”

They do this through a catalytic relationship, bridging between the native missionaries throughout the world with the church in the West, equipping with prayer support, funds, awareness and partnership.

Sleet said the missionaries will share how they came to know Jesus, and the struggles they face daily in their native lands as they try to advance the kingdom. Many have experienced significant persecution. Some have had to flee their homelands.

The conference will allow participants an opportunity to fellowship, learn about this ministry and discover ways they can respond.

Registration begins at 6 pm on May 16. The evening session is from 7 to 9 pm. On May 17, registration and fellowship is from 8:30 to 9 am. The conference includes two plenary sessions and two breakout sessions. Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

The conference is free but a $25 love offering is requested. Register online at or at the door.