The past few months we have been serving on a committee to host the first ever, Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) conference in Mali. The conference was this weekend and we are very happy with the results. We had over 100 people in attendance from 24 different Christian schools including pastors, school administrators, teachers, and others interested in Christian education. The speakers were Dr. Samson Makhado, the director of ACSI Africa who came from South Africa, and Daniel Neuhaus, the director of ACSI for French speaking countries who flew in from France. Part of our responsibilities were hosting the speakers in our home. This gave us some wonderful opportunities to talk with them and learn from their experience in Christian education. In addition, Julie was involved in delegate registration and taking care of the speakers. John worked with the publicity team and did a lot of the graphic design. He was also in charge of all things technical during the conference including sound, video, and PowerPoint.
The goal of the conference was to promote the importance of Christian education and organize the Christian schools in Mali. The conference sessions went very well and everyone learned a lot. We finished the conference by forming an association of Christian schools in Mali which will allow us to pool our resources and help each other in addition to capitalizing on the vast resources ASCI has to offer.