The Aber conference unites about 1000 or so people for four and a half days of meetings of various types. We attended the main sessions, two seminars and the Mission Exhibition, or MishBish.
The main sessions were given to various speakers:
Phil Hill - a lecturer in pastoral theology from WEST, who spoke on Peter's restoration
David Meredith - minister of Smithton Culloden Free Church, who spoke from Joshua
Paul David Tripp - pastor, author and counsellor from the USA, and a world class dude
We also got to hear Dave Gobbett from Highfields, Cardiff on Sunday morning (I know his dad)
and Geoff Thomas on Sunday evening.
The seminars were on evangelism, from David Meredith and on grace in marriage from Paul Tripp.
Many of these sessions are available too watch on Youtube and I would heartily recommend them all. Some were very fine indeed - world-class, really. Not all reached that high, but for me there were no duds as such. A few minor irritations here and there, perhaps.
Our catering arrangements were highly irregular. We were sharing our flat with some splendid companions. Some had come from beach missions laden with extra food that needed eating up. Others had bought food then found friends who paid for them to eat on cafés. So it was that we bought far less food than we thought we would and ate some very strange combinations.
One mighty fine thing, though, was the morning bacon sandwich. Jolly tasty.
The MishBish had stands from a wide variety of organisations and it was good to renew contact with some and find new contacts with others.
Also from UFM I came back to France with a little handful of useful DVDs in Mandarin! How cool is that?