Lost. Search. Rescue. These are the words we were challenged to repeat again and again by Grady Higgs, Director of Missions for the BMA of America at this week’s symposium. It was an all around exhilarating experience. I’ve been attending these symposiums for about a dozen years, and I was more encouraged by this year’s than ever before. Here are the highlights of my own experience. If you attended and you’re reading this, please add your own in the comments…
The greatest highlight was obviously hearing reports of what God is doing around the world. Sports camps in Ukraine. A church being planted in Fountain, Colorado. A couple of Russian friends. A great work in Bolivia. I could not begin to recall and recount all the stories here, but God is working and moving around the world. I’m proud of my God and His power! I felt so small in relation to God’s global vision for lost people.
I was also blessed by witnessing Fellowship Church of Forney, Texas in action. They have a commitment to excellence, flexibility, hospitality, and creativity. They’re always changing their approach to reach the next one for Jesus. In the BMA of America, they’re a model church.
Friends, Old and New
I had the chance to catch up with some old friends and to meet some new ones. I won’t attempt to name them here or I’d leave someone out, but it’s refreshing to hear what God is doing in the lives of people I love but rarely get to see. And I met some pretty cool new people as well.
Giving the closing message on Wednesday night was pretty humbling. I felt confident that God used the message, but I did leave out my key illustration! I believe in shooting from the hip and speaking from the heart, without notes, so this is the side effect. But God has a purpose – He came through and I felt connected with the listeners – God be praised!!
I’m not necessarily a big fan of driving a big church van across the country, but I love being with friends and family on the road. I’m thankful David and Amber and Justin got to experience their first symposium, and hope they’ll return for more. I got to hang around my father-in-law and soak up some drippings from the altar (and my mother-in-law too) but the coolest was my wife and daughter got to be with me!!
I love these opportunities. My head spins, my heart is warmed, and my spirit is challenged. I want to be a rescuer!!