For the first time in Global Partners’ 127-year history, the entire missionary tribe gathered together at one time in one place. From May 30-June 4, 2016, over 340 missionaries, national leaders, and family members from all over the world converged on Houghton College in western New York for Amplifying Mission Summit. The four-fold purpose of the event was to connect, inspire, clarify, and equip so that all may be even more effective in serving. Here’s what missionaries had to say about the experience:

“Being at The Summit has allowed me to put names to faces—to hear “live” stories of what God is doing and to pray for and with my missionary family. Awesome!”

“Connecting with old friends and meeting new ones has been a huge highlight. I learn best from other peoples’ stories. This week I’ve heard many stories of what God is doing around the world. I’m now inspired and feel equipped to go back to the mission with enthusiasm!”

“It has been so wonderful to be introduced to all the missionaries that are all over the world and to be inspired as we start on our journey. We feel as if we have a family full of wisdom and love that we can rely on.”

“Having the opportunity to worship and pray alongside missionaries from around the globe has been such an invigorating experience. The Summit has been such a blessing and a time to look ahead with eager anticipation for the Lord’s work.”

“We have been challenged to extra-ordinary prayer! We have been blessed to hear many stories of how God has moved. We have been so encouraged by the testimonies from other missionaries.”

“It’s been so wonderful to meet and get to know colleagues from all over the world—so many whose names I’ve heard for years, but have never met. And then to celebrate together what God is doing in all of their ministries has really been amazing!”

“This is such an incredible, encouraging time that it’s hard to say which aspect was the most astounding. But, if I had to pick, it would either be the opportunity to hear from other missionaries and Global Partners staff about what God is doing all around the world with them being authentic and inspiring at the same time, or Global Partners’ incredible resources, including words of wisdom that inspire us to serve with confidence!”