Sunday, August 16th the Abante International 2015-2016 colleagues met in Lawrenceville, GA for the first time. As introductions were made, and excitement built – the morning began with everyone getting in their uniforms, and drinking coffee as they shared about where they came from. The team gathered together, and Brian Schlottmann (Founder and CEO of Abante International) gave a welcoming address and spoke to the team about the layout of the day.
Service began at Lawrenceville Church of God (LCOG) with an incredible worship set. Brian then called up the Abante colleagues and shared his hopes for each one of the colleagues, as well as the importance of praying in your community. He then invited up Pastor Kevin Harris (Senior Pastor of LCOG) to bless the team before commissioning them to go out into the world. The colleagues parents, families, and the elders of the church laid hands on the team and sent them out with love, protection, and purpose.
After service, the fun began at the Abante Luncheon where the team and their families got to meet their host families with whom the colleagues will live for the next month in Atlanta. There was food, fun and laughs as previous Abante colleagues shared stories of their experiences, host families showed love and support over these new seasons of life, and the colleagues had a chance to enjoy a last meal with their families before settling in at their new homes.
The day ended with Brian encouraging the team and letting them know that he was already proud of how far everyone had come. The year ahead will hold many ups and downs for each member of the team, but the end result is always worth the hours put it. Please join in praying for the team as they begin their journey. They welcome the prayers for strength, patience, love and faith as they travel around the world speaking into people’s lives one moment at a time.