My World Conference Highlights Part 2

Our heart is so full and our spirit filled with every great adventure and surprises God has lovingly prepared for all of us at the Every Nation World Conference so here’s part 2 of my highlights for this trip: Check out part 1 here

The faith stretching supernatural provisions

I have countless stories of our campus missionaries testimonies on how God has provided for them for this trip, from a family who has completely blessed one of our campus missionary airfare and free accommodation to a luxurious hotel, to last minute special gifts to a money being saved up 3 years before this event took place. We are so blessed to take part in this event, we thank God for provision, we thank God for sowing a vision in our heart, we thank God for everything has been deposited in our lives.

We are super proud of our campus missionaries (specially the younger ones) who took that step of faith to register super early to the conference and believed until the last end and saw God’s faithfulness.

The Global Friendships Built

Though I wont remember all the names of people I have met, the joy of having this so much friends from all over the globe was amazing. Everyone just keeps on building, connecting, eating out, inspiring one another, challenging each other’s faith to honor God and make disciples.

I’m so privileged to meet a LOT of students and campus missionaries from our family here in South Africa, and though externally we look super different coming from 2 continents-im glad to have heard the same passion and faith, some of the same challenges and struggles we all go thru as well as we pursue to advance His Kingdom. But the best part of it is the willingness to try and hear one another’s story, going the extra mile to connect and built even if we are continents apart and the desire to lock arms in building a stronger team to change the campus change the world!!

The Unceasing Passion to Reach the World

During the International Staff Meeting, our Regional Leaders were inspiring us on what God is doing in different continent- I saw so many heroes of faith, people who has laid down their lives in sharing the gospel no matter what the cost, pastors, missionaries, young professionals and even students are now on different parts of the globe sharing the love of Jesus to a world starving from the true Saviour and and real love.

But this scene touched my heart the most: our spiritual family in Europe consistently plowing thru hard soil, planting on the seeds on the gospel no matter how long it would take to bear fruit. This continent who has long been missionaries to the world has now become a ripe mission field and our leaders has called us the continents of Africa and Asia who has been recipients of the gospel from Europe to lock arms and GO and sow that same seed of the gospel back to this continent.

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Watch the video of the prayer here!

Let’s all set our alarm 9:38am every morning and pray for workers to be sent into this mission field, for partners to rise up and send more missionaries and for prayer warriors to intercede for Europe.

For everything the Lord has shown this week, everything He has made known, the people I have the privilege to meet, the places too beautiful for words, His presence that is so real and His love made tangible in every language and expression possible. Thank you Lord,You are the author of impossible dreams come true, our faithful Provider, our loving Father who bring us to the best adventure ever! The World Conference gave us a vivid picture of what you are calling us to do, the people from every nation gave us a glimpse of Your image in different colors, shapes, sizes, culture and age. And all together we say “Here we are! We will GO!!”

Lesson’s shared by students for the students

 Last March 14, 2015, we had our Discipleship 2015 Conference for all our leaders in Metro Manila. In Victory Fort, more than 1,000 leaders attended, representing families, young professionals, students and even senior citizens all leading their own Victory groups.

As much as the event promoted the urgency of doing evangelism, my personal highlight was really processing with the students about what they learned and what God has been teaching them recently. As I was listening to them and how personal their lessons were, I knew that they are really developing the art of listening to God. Here are some of their stories:
1.Learning to be strategic.
One student upon hearing Ptr. Rice Brook’s message on evangelism at the conference shared the value in strategically talking to people we want to reach out for God. She just realized that in as much as building relationship and sharing stories is good as a start up for engaging others-we must eventually focus on praying and deliberately doing whatever is necessary to lead the conversation to the gospel. Sharing stories and being a friend is not enough, we want lost people to know God.
2.Set an example for others.
Being on time at school may be one of the basic task of a student but we all know that for some people it’s a struggle. So when one of the students shared about how God convicted her to be on time for her class, I super appreciated her honesty and her fear of God in not allowing even the “smallest things” to detract her away from being a good testimony for others to follow. She shared of how sometimes it’s difficult to invite her classmates to attend church because she’s always late for class, as well as other Christian leaders in the classroom.
By the grace of God, let’s be excellent student, that when other people would look at our lives, they would know that God is alive (buhay ang Panginoon!) when they see how our lives would mirror God’s glory.
3.Say no to compromise.
As a new graduate, one challenge is finding the right job and an environment where we can also grow steadily as a Christian. For quite some time I’d been encouraging this leader to find a new job as her current work exposes her to things that might compromise her relationship with God. This year she wrote it on her faith goals to believe God for a better work and better working hours. This month she shared of how God opened a door for her for a better job, great working environment and better schedule- God in indeed faithful.
If you are in an area that might compromise your relationship with God, be eager to get out and believe Him for supernatural favor!
4.Go, not wait.
Lastly, this leader shared about her quiet time on the day of Discipleship 2015. She said that from Matthew 28:19, one that we know so well, God really impressed on her the word GO!
As a background story, she told us of how recently she’s been noticing from the younger leaders that she was coaching, that they have become accustomed on just waiting for somebody to be passed on to them or connected to them at the youth service or literally be given to them vs. initiating to go out and personally invite their classmates and friends.

She emphasized that God has called us to GO not WAIT to make disciples, GO NOT WAIT for them to come to us, GO into the “harvest field” NOT WAIT for them to attend our youth services. I could not have said it any better, this girl is just a true-blooded evangelist.
I’m really proud of all these student leaders, it’s such a privilege learning together with them. And in as much as a good lesson from the Bible, or a sermon, or a book or a podcast is very much valuable in coaching them, I believe one of the best thing we can also teach young leaders is just the heart and diligence of patiently waiting and listening to God and a submissive will to always obey. Remember Jesus’ affirmation of Mary’s diligence to listen to Him: “ but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke10:42,NIV