Cape Town 2010 Begins!
Today, from the podium, Doug Birdsall said something like, "May it be that by the time we meet again for the 4th Lausanne Congress, we'll be able to say, 'Now there are no more unreached people groups. Now there are no languages spoken in which there is not a Bible.'"
It is humbling to be here.
Around my table is a church planter from Pakistan, a long-time scholar, journalist and missionary from Norway, a pastor from Burundi, and a woman from Mumbai who has a ministry to sex workers in that city. Today, we met and shared our names, families, strengths, weaknesses, hopes for the Congress, and prayer requests. This experience is truly awesome. I've been in multicultural worship services before. I've heard others and said myself of such services, "This is a foretaste of heaven." No, no. This is. You can't even imagine it, friends. There is a sense of the Holy Spirit's presence that moves me to tears even as I write this. I am convinced that I've never been a part of something more important.
I snap photos and sometimes video and think all the while, I can't really share this. No one can really get it unless they are here. Still, I want to plead with all of you not to miss the amazing opportunity that you have to engage the Congress. Make it your habit to visit http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010 very often during the next week. Look at pictures, pray, watch video.
Today, was strange for me though. I woke at 5AM and thought, well I don't have to be at the convention center until about 2PM, so let me sleep more. Next thing I knew, it was 2PM. I got ready in minutes and walked as fast as I could to the center. I arrived sweaty (it's hot today) and frazzled. So, it was difficult to calm down today. I was in a mad rush getting back tonight also; I wanted to be able to call back to my church in the U.S. and had forgotten to bring my power adapter for the laptop. So, there's that. I really don't want to be frazzled. I want to be open to the Lord. Please pray for me in this.
So, tomorrow awaits. God know's what is lying ahead. Please don't forget to pray for me. Especially for the rest and energy I need. As well as for my ability to discern what the Lord is telling me to do moment-by-moment. I need to sleep now. Blessings!