2011 DMI Conference
The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops, NSW, AUSTRALIA
The 5th DMI International Conference is over. Most delegates are now safe and sound in their homes and hopefully have returned encouraged, inspired and with a sense of unity and purpose, which was not felt in the same way before. When some of the local folk joined with us we had over 130 people on site but for most days, around the 100 mark. Over 20 countries and every mainland Australian state was represented.
We thank all those who worked so hard to help make this conference the success that it was. A special thanks to Rod Chapman and Brenda Clearwater for the massive amount of ‘behind the scenes’ work. Thanks to Anita and Trevor Petersen for their tireless efforts and a host of others who drove back and forth to the airport so many times; helped with sales; hosted delegates in Canberra and Melbourne; lead groups and shared in the meetings. To God be the Glory.
Chad Entinger, from Deaf Missions - USA, was the key note speaker. His creative, challenging and thought-provoking messages were so appreciated. Chad is a great communicator and in spite of the number of various sign languages used at the conference, he managed to overcome all difficulties in communication. He presented so well our theme of “Not being ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus”.
Australian delegates naturally out numbered internationals. DMI is so widespread now that we can’t please everyone who wants to come but, this time we pleased the Australians with having the conference on home soil.
Lynne became deaf a few years ago for no known reason. She used to be an interpreter but now has to be interpreted for. Lynne was a teacher of the deaf and at the conference, presented a very moving poem as an apology on behalf of teachers of the deaf who had misunderstood their charges, and through their ignorance, did much harm to the kids they taught.
Robert is from Uganda and one of the youngest delegates. He presented at the conference and at meetings in Melbourne and Brisbane also.
After the conference about 30 delegates came with us on a week’s tour to Melbourne, hence another very full, but rewarding week. The last two overseas delegates left Tuesday, 25th.
We recommend that you start saving for DMI’s next international conference. South Korea will be the host country in 2014.
Nedal from Syria holding up the bridge
Rod with delegates
2008 DMI Conference
DMI’s 4th International Conference was held in Alexandria, Egypt from October 1st - 5th 2008. 33 countries were represented by some 230 delegates. A big thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this event the great success that it was. Egypt holds many treasures; some of us can feel the ‘pull’ to go back and view more of them.
It has take us some time to wind down following the conference in Egypt. The last of the delegates arrived home after extended post conference trips. We are so thankful to God for traveling mercies for all who made it safely back to their home countries. Delegates from some 33 countries attended and considering that DMI has work in only 20 that was not bad. Our lives were blessed by reports and testimonies from each country and we will never be the same again.
Why don’t you join us at DMI’s 5th International Conference in New South Wales, Australia to be held 12th - 16th October, 2011. The 5th Conference brochure has been added to the website in PDF format for printing. Prior conference attendees should receive a brochure by post or email, shortly. Registrations will open in April 2010.
Speaker with interpreters
The interpreting team
Delegates from China
Delegates from Egypt
Delegates from Syria and Jordan