We had over 700 hundred attendees from 58 different countries from around the world. We had a record number of 163 children attending. It is ironic that three years ago, when considering moving from Africa to Greece so that we could fulfill a long-standing promise to have a children’s program for the missionary families, we on the CMDE commission were very concerned that no one would actually bring their children. We were wrong! Also, there were 110 faculty members that came from North American and around the world at their own cost to serve the missionaries. Pastor John Barnett from Kalamazoo (www.dtbm.org) was the Spiritual Life speaker and did a wonderful job. One evening, he just took those “I have always wondered” questions from the crowd and his knowledge of the Bible was amazing. The time of worship and singing was a real blessing.
Bruce was very active getting 52 hours of CME for his own needs, teaching Pediatric Advanced Life Support, testing mega-codes in the Adult Cardiac Life Support, teaching in the pre-conference faculty development course (on the topic of adult learning, a lecture which was also repeated during the conference), arranging and moderating four PAACS meetings in the late afternoon and a whole series of one-on-one meetings with various people. He also kept up on various reports, MOUs and e-mail for PAACS. His day was as crazy as Micky’s – but he started earlier and finished a bit earlier.
The Pan-African College of Surgery had 16 residents here (only three residents were unable to ever get a visa for Greece – a chronic problem for the African residents). We had two graduates who came and twenty faculty members also attended. Eight members of the Commission were also here. The poster and presentation competition was excellent (the posters went from 5 last year to 18 this year) and you can see Bruce with the three prize-winners in the picture to the right.
Sean had a wonderful time in the children’s programs. There were about 20 teens his age present and a great set of leaders. They studied the Bible and played sports and games until their muscles aches. He participated in a skit on children’s night. We rarely saw him most of the time except at a distance. This group of CMDE commissioners had watched him grow up since he was a 2 year old in 2003 and his nearly six-foot height grabbed their attention. He has been really blessed by this experience at the various CMDE children’s camps over the years.