The first week in May, my wife and I headed for Duncanville, TX (just south of Dallas) so I could attend the biannual SIL Language Technology Conference. This was the first time, since I started serving with SIL back in August 2021, that I was able to meet members of my team in person as I and the majority all work remotely. So different seeing people in 3D rather than just a flat image on a computer screen. What an amazing week! I wish I could sit with you to share what all I learned at the event, the friendships I built, and the emotions of the experience. Because of some privacy concerns of individuals and internal organizational conversations, I cannot share a lot of details here on my blog. For now, let me share some highlights.
The theme for this event was Working in Unity (Exodus 31:2-6, 1 Corinthians 3:5-10). Being together, after being apart for so long with the pandemic, was very emotional and important to many of us. This was a time to come back together, focus on our relationships with each other personally and professionally, and to have serious conversations about our projects and ministries.
The Keynote/Devotionals were done by Rocky Tyler of Difficult Dialogues Consulting. He focused on relationship building, communication, and conflict competence…all very useful topics.
My favorite quotes from the week:
“Synergy isn’t about the task, it is about the together.”
“Work always flows from relationship.”
“You are not a mature project until you have technical debt.”
“Self licking ice cream cone.”
Here are pictures I can share so you can experience some of the event.
If you want to hear more about the conference, then let’s get together in person or online to chat!
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