2019 Missionary Enrichment Conference

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Hyatt Regency

300 Light St

Baltimore, MD 21202

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We are so thrilled you are registering for the 2019 Missionary Enrichment Conference and look forward to seeing you this summer at Baltimore Inner Harbor! We are so excited for this gathering of ABWE missionary family for a wonderful time of fellowship, encouragement, and learning. Below, you’ll find we have several opportunities and helpful pieces of information to share with you as you make your travel arrangements, plan your stay at the conference, and fill in your online registration through Eventbrite. Please note that each person attending ME Conference will need to register for the conference via Eventbrite.

Please feel free to reach out to with any questions or concerns regarding conference plans and registration. She'll be more than happy to assist you.

We so look forward to seeing you this summer at ME Conference!

Notes for Your Stay:

Conference Location:

This year, ME Conference will call the Hyatt Regency at Baltimore Inner Harbor home. (300 Light St, Baltimore) Close to several international airports, access to hundreds of dining options, and right in the middle of the buzz of Inner Harbor, we hope you'll find the perfect combination of connection, rest, encouragement, and fun in your conference experience.

Your Arrival:

The conference will officially begin at dinner time on the 15th, but please be aware we'll also be offering some wonderful pre-conference sessions beginning in the early afternoon on the 15th before the start of the conference. (See more details below) You may consider checking in early to the conference on Sunday the 14th or arriving in time for your pre-conference seminar choice should you decide to attend.

  • Monday Hotel Check-In 4:00pm
  • Drop-in Dinner Buffet will be served from 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Monday's Opening Services will begin at 6:00pm
  • Dessert Reception following the services at 8:00pm

Your Departure:

The conference will officially end with breakfast on Thursday the 18th and checkout is at 11:00am.

Additional Notes:

  • Missionary Board Reporting will begin early Monday morning. If you are planning to give a Board Report, please arrive on Sunday the 14th to be able to comfortably arrive for your reporting time slot.

  • ABWE has received the discounted group rooming rate of $139.00(+tax) beginning on Saturday 13th and ending Saturday 20th. You'll find these check-in and check-out dates available for your selection in your registration form. Please note that you'll be responsible for the additional nights and your half board meals will be from Monday evening dinner to Thursday morning breakfast.

Travel Notes:

Although we'd love to assist, ABWE cannot accommodate transportation to and from the conference hotel for each of our conference guests. All our guests will be responsible for their own arrival and departure to and from ME Conference.

Should you be driving to the conference, our guests have received the hotel's discounted parking pass for $15 per day/night right in the middle of Baltimore Inner Harbor in the hotel's parking garage with easy access to the hotel and the many attractions in Baltimore Inner Harbor.

Should you be flying into the conference, there are several international airports to consider flying into as you make your flight arrangements.

  • Baltimore Washington International Airport - 17-minute ride by car (12 miles away). Please note there is Light Rail service from BWI to the Camden Yards Station, a two-block walk to the Hyatt Regency.

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - 57-minute ride by car (44 miles away)

  • Dulles International Airport - 1 hour and 7-minute ride by car (62 miles away)


If you and your family have had monthly transfers into your ME attendance for the last 5 years, your stay and that of your family will be at no additional cost to you if you plan to attend from Monday to Thursday of the conference. This will include your rooming, conference costs, and half board. (Includes your breakfast, dinner, and receptions. Lunch will be on your own at surrounding outlets in the area) There will be no credits issued for unused housing or meals.

Should you be attending without monthly account transfers for your conference attendance, please note the following conference estimates to be charged for your conference stays. Please note that these estimates do not include parking but rooming, half board, gratuities, and MD tax.

  • Adult (roomed with another single) - $513.79

  • Single (rooming alone) - $755.00

  • Couple - $1,072.55

  • Retiree (roomed with spouse or another single) - $300

  • Teens (ages 12-19 years old) - $275.00

  • Children (ages 4-11 years old) - $175.00

  • Nursery (ages 0-3 years old) - $125.00


  • Families of 5 or more will need to reserve an additional room.
  • If you were a part of a 2019 New Missionary Orientation, your conference fees, lodging, and half-board (lunches will be on your own) are covered free of charge. All appointees will check-in at the hotel on Monday, July 15th.

Monday Afternoon Pre-Conference:

Available between 12:30pm-4:30pm, you can attend one or several of our pre-conference sessions that will focus on key issues, tasks, and topics our missionary family encounters every day. Designed for your learning and encouragement, each pre-conference will include unique seminar content, light refreshments and your session materials. We'd love for you to look and sign-up for one...or several!

12:30pm-4:30pm | Heart, Mind, Soul: LGBTQ Seminar

Presented by Jim Childs, Anna Chubb, David Lazeski, and Lois Sexton | $45.00 (includes workbook)

The Heart, Mind & Soul: LGBTQ seminar brings to light common misconceptions between the LGBTQ community and the Christian community. Our goal is to help you better understand the core beliefs, feelings and values often associated with the gay community. You will come away knowing how to build grace and truth relationships with LGBTQ individuals in your workplace, your neighborhood or your family.

12:30pm-4:30pm | Heart, Mind, Soul: Muslim Seminar

Presented by Harry and Jan Gebert and Tarek | $45.00 (includes workbook)

Heart, Mind, and Soul: Muslims is an interactive seminar about attitude, knowledge, and ways to initiate relationships with Muslims. This practical seminar is designed to help anyone, from those attending church to those active in evangelism, to understand Islamic doctrines and provide a strategy to build relationships capable of bearing the weight of truth with Muslims so they can effectively share the gospel with confidence.

1:00pm-2:30pm | Field Team Treasurers News and Updates

Presented by Douglas Amundson and Gretchen Adamski | FREE

For Team Leaders and Field Treasurers only---bring your laptop and your questions for a session for news and information with Missionary Finance.

1:00pm-2:30pm | Got Volunteers?

Presented by Carla Laughman | FREE

You Need ClearTravel----this session with Carla Laughman will help you navigate the need to use ClearTravel for volunteers visiting your field and how the web site operates.

2:00pm-4:00pm | Balancing Ministry and Marriage

Presented by Paul and Martha Davis | FREE

Join Paul and Martha Davis as they explore the wisdom of God’s Word concerning marriage. They will share some of what the Lord has taught them during their 30 years of ministry as husband and wife. Enjoy their candid stories and glean practical insights into decision-making as a couple in full time vocational ministry.

2:30pm-4:00pm | Everything You Need to Know About Central

Presented by Douglas Amundson, Gretchen Adamski, and Nathan Burgess | FREE

Bring your laptop and your questions to receive hands-on help with how the “new” Central operates and how to file on-line expense reports.

2:30pm-4:00pm | Health Insurance 101

Presented by Carla Laughman, Mark Rogers, and Brian Bear | FREE

Come learn about the details of how the International and US Health care plans work, what coverages are available to your and how to easily file your medical expense claim forms

12:30pm-4:30pm | BibleStorying

Presented by Gil and Denise Thomas and Kari Craig | FREE

The BibleStorying Workshop will equip you to tell stories (events from God’s Word) effectively through interactive learning techniques to improve your teaching and preaching. You will learn and polish at least one Bible event, practice telling that story, and learn how to use Good Soil resources to share stories in your personal ministry.

1:00pm-4:00pm | English as a Second Language: Developing ESL Skills for an Outreach Ministry Context

Presented by Dr. Michael and Monica Pasquale from Cornerstone University | $10.00

This session, presented in two parts, covers how to develop an effective ESL ministry in your local church in North America or beyond. It will introduce key principles of language learning and teaching and apply those principles to practical ESL contexts. Curricula and ESL resources will be examined.

Part 1: Developing ESL Skills for an Outreach Ministry Context (1:00-2:30pm)

Part 2: Activities that Promote Interaction and Incorporating Spiritual Themes Into Your ESL lessons (2:30pm-4:00pm)

At the Conference:

This year we'll be taking an adjusted approach to our sessions, incorporating topical breakouts that focus on key issues and helpful pointers as we go about our day-to-day operations in the ABWE family. These breakouts will follow worship and devotions on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. We look forward to these times of intentional conversations, collaboration, and learning.


  • Sharing the Gospel in an Honor Shame Society | Presented by Harry Gebert, John Morgan, and Gil Thomas. - Learn the origin of Honor/Shame cultures and how they differ from two other major cultural orientations. Then examine approaches and explore methods to share the gospel effectively in an Honor/Shame society.

  • You Are ABWE | Presented by Paul Davis, Alex Kocman, Terry Large, and Brittany Racine - Mobilizing new missionaries to the field is difficult. In this session, the Mobilization team shares their strategy for engaging the current generation and how to partner effectively with you, the missionary.

  • How to Deal with Burnout | Presented by Brad Winkler and Curt Jones - You’re finding it harder to get up and go to work in the morning. Your work used to be a source of joy and blessing. There was a time when you looked forward to working with the people you would encounter that day, but now you are tired, and it takes a lot of effort just to get out of bed. Questions run through your mind: “What’s wrong with me? Why am I so worn out? Why don’t I seem to care more? What can I do about it?” In this session we will discuss how to recognize burnout, how burn out affects missionaries, and how we can deal with it.


  • Help Me! I’m Thinking About Retirement! | Presented by Doug Amundson and Jonas Roos, CFP. - We'll be answering how the retirement model works within ABWE and we'll also be talking with our Guidestone representative about planning for retirement

  • Making the Most of Your Furlough | Presented by Kent Craig - Furlough: How to Navigate the Furlough Highway – knowing the speed zones, avoiding the potholes and enjoying scenic views along the journey. Buckle up and come along for the ride!

  • Your Communication | Presented by Leah Pickard, Lauren Miller, Alex Kocman, and Naomi Harward - Join the Communications team as they tackle Do’s and Don’ts of social media, email and print prayer letters, blogging, and websites. Learn how to talk about your message and ministry in this brave new digital world.

Nursery, Children's Program, & Teens:

While the adults have their sessions, we'll also be offering some very special meetings for our ABWE MKs! During all main meeting times, we'll be offering nursery care, children's programs, and teen programing during ME Conference. These programs will begin on Monday afternoon during pre-conference sessions and end on Wednesday evening. We ask that all our MKs participate in their respective programs. More details to come!

Registation Closes:

Please note that ME Conference registration will close on May 31st!


But wait, there's more! Following ME Conference, we'll have a couple more opportunities available for you. Take a look and find out more details!

ABWE Annual Golf Scramble | July 19th

The event is open to men and women including ABWE missionaries and international office staff members, area Christian workers, and friends of the mission.

Location: Armitage Golf Course at 800 Orr’s Bridge Road in Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Cost: $50 per person includes golf, cart, complimentary logo balls, tournament prizes, and the post-event buffet.

For more information and to sign up, contact Kent Craig.

Personal Security Training | July 19th-20th

The Personal Security Training Course is an active and interactive course! The 2-day course incorporates both classroom learning and indoor/outdoor training and role-play sessions while covering a host of pertinent topics facing western Christian expatriates working in both open and restricted-access areas. This training is designed to meet ABWE security requirements for the countries where our personnel work.

Location: ABWE IHQ

Cost: $150 for ABWE missionaries/staff ($300 for non-ABWE personnel)

Link for registration:

For more information, contact Beth Isbell

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Hyatt Regency

300 Light St

Baltimore, MD 21202

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