These past couple of weeks have been filled with preparations for the ARC AllAccess Conference (Gateway Church, Dallas, TX), which will be at the end of March. Over 3,000 pastors and church leaders are already registered! At the conference, there will be lots of opportunities to network with tons of outstanding pastors, hear some of my favorite speakers (including Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, and Craig Groeschel) and worship with thousands of others who are passionate about reaching our communities in real and relevant ways. And, EuropeAdvance will be launching its new internship Xchange program! Needless to say, we’re excited and gearing up for the great things ahead! In the midst of all these preparations, these past few weeks I have also been reminded of all the depravity in this world that my eyes have personally seen: alcoholism, divorce, robbery, death, suicide, starvation and malnutrition in less developing countries, AIDS orphans, adult invalids left for the dead, the destruction caused by hurricanes and tornadoes, cancer, malaria, the aftermath of wars, racism, sexism, and most recently the horrors caused by drunk driving. If you’ve ever wondered if we lived in an every day battle field, I assure you we do. :)
I admit that there are times when the outcomes of the battle feel all together like too much to bear. Every casualty takes a little more air out of my lungs…
But thankfully, thankfully, the darkness has not overcome the light! Every day, there is a reminder that the Remedy has already come, and is here. Last Thursday night at a prayer vigil for friends who had been hit by a drunk driver, I looked out at a sea of faces to see a community filled with people who had truly laid down their lives to care for and love our friends, and who will continue to do so day in and day out. Yesterday, I joined good friends as they launched their new church in a community that longs to see the love of God revealed in tangible ways. 330 people attended the service and 31 people gave their lives to Christ yesterday morning! Talk about a win!
I have decided not to try and understand God, nor our Maker’s ways. What I do know though is that our Lord and Savior has sent us into this dark world to live out the Good News that hope and salvation is here, today. I long for the day when heaven truly is a reality here on earth. Until then, may each one of us, together, live out our God-given mandate to reveal the God of life, love, hope and redemption to a world desperately in need.