Jeff Baker, director of Mission, Service and Justice Ministries, presented the Advance Specials for approval of the conference and they were accepted. He then introduced Max Marble to present the Robert and Martha Marble Mission Award.
This award was initiated by the former West Conference to honor Max’s missionary parents by recognizing someone who is outstanding in a mission outreach.
This year the honor goes to Joe Bartelsmeyer for his work with disaster response in his home church. He has organized disaster response in Missouri and across the country. It has never been a mission of offering material assistance, but a time to build relationships with people offering the emotional and spiritual support needed in extreme times.
He has also served in other parts of the world but it is in Missouri that his work has made such an outstanding difference.