Last month I had the privilege of representing Global Advance at a NextGen conference in Panama City in partnership with Youth Solutions based in Colombia. Over 850 spiritual leaders from Panama and other nations registered for the Light the City event which was held at Hosanna Church in downtown Panama City. To our knowledge this was the first event of its kind in Panama. Over 30 churches participated in what many felt was a movement of the Spirit to unite churches and encourage leaders to bring the light of Jesus Christ to their respective communities.
Europe is changing before our very eyes. Amidst the beautiful steeples and quaint homes of Germany is a culture that is struggling to find its identity. Hundreds of years ago this land produced great giants of the Christian faith that still echo truths to our generation. What would Martin Luther, Nicholas Von Zinzendorf, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer think of today?
Kuwat knelt in his prison room feeling his face begin to swell and his lips crack from the beating he’d just endured. This was not the first time he’d tasted his own blood for being a follower of Christ, but it was the first time he’d been beaten by someone he knew … his own family.
About 120 women had gathered in a room designed to hold 100. It was hot and crowded, but there was joy and a sense of anticipation in the atmosphere. In attendance were women in leadership: representatives from seventeen denominations from across South Sudan. Their love for God was evident in their exuberant worship (in both English and Arabic) and in the warm smiles on their faces.
I wonder how people might interact differently if they could see the future when meeting someone for the first time? Make sense? You know, like if you met me and you could see my future (somehow) and know that I was going to be a millionaire that would in the near future be funding all kinds of projects (yes please!) like the one you are thinking of starting. Make sense now? How might you act differently, if any?
Jake has a masters in Intercultural Studies from Fuller, a masters in Governance and Sustainable Development from Staffordshire and degree in Philosophy from the University of California...oh and he started a "church" in a coffee shop.
The dust kicked up in the air as our car made its way down the boulevard that was teeming with cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles all maneuvering their way through the directionally complicated and congested city streets. The African sun pounded with intense heat off the city streets of Douala, Cameroon. We had traveled through the night to arrive in time for our scheduled frontline pastors meeting.