UFM holds a Family Conference every year the last week of July, and missionaries who are in the UK at the time are strongly encouraged to attend.
It's no hardship. We love meeting with friends, colleagues and people who are concerned for the work of the mission. Not only that, but the conference is held at Hothorpe Hall, where the rooms are clean and comfortable, and the food is excellent.
The helpful conference addresses on James 1 were given by David Magowan from Reading and we especially enjoyed the presence and help of our friends from 100Fold, the finest pointy-headed geeks you'll ever meet.
Every missionary has a 14.75 minute slot to present their work and we decided to show our slides and stuff, then to have Pat interview me about burnout. Lots of missionaries suffer from stress-related problems and we wanted to try to be helpful. Anyway, we got through this by the simple expedient of me not thinking about it beforehand (quite Biblical - take no thought for the morrow) though afterwards I was glad that I could retreat to my seat and recover my composure before having to speak to anyone.