Page 322 was another full day of prayer conversations at the International Conference on Missions. I slept in a little bit this morning and by the time I got to the exhibit hall it had been open for an hour and my display tables were pretty bare. All of the printed resources I take to conventions are given away free to people who will use them, so it was good to see people were willing to put them to use even if I didn’t get a chance to talk with them.
One of the fun parts of this conference is talking to people from all over the world and seeing them excited about taking the prayer-based books back to their home country where it will enrich not only their life, but countless others as they share and serve from an encouraged spirit. Another fun part of ICOM is the service that takes place that will reach well beyond the conference. Throughout the conference, there have been groups packing meal kits to share with people who are in need. There have also been groups building wall sections to provide housing for people who would often be homeless or living in makeshift shacks in Mexico and Central America. Today’s photo was taken as some of these wall sections were being moved to a loading dock to be put on semi trailers to begin the next leg of their journey.
Throughout the conference, the theme of “Together” has been both heard and acted upon in many ways. The wall building, the meal packing, the mission displays, the people attending, the conference staff, and even the event center personnel have all worked together to make the conference a success. Kingdom success takes place when each person not only recognizes their part, but when their part is both done by them and valued by others.
The exhibit hall will not be open tomorrow, so I’m taking a break to write today’s page before the final exhibit hall hours this evening. After the hall closes, I will pack up the display and materials so I don’t have to do that after the morning main session tomorrow. It has been a good conference so far and it is yet to be seen what God will do with the prayer ministry display in this final hour and a half that people will be coming through. Out of nine book titles that I brought with me, I am already out of two of them with a couple other titles running low. While I don’t want to run out too early in the conference, I am always glad to see the books I bring with me go home with others rather than my having to pack them up and take them with me.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Sometimes people are hesitant to take something while I am watching even when I tell them it is free and the signs say the same thing.
- I don’t necessarily do things the way others do, but they don’t do things the way I do either — and that’s okay as long as we are each doing them the way God has called us to as individuals and as ministries.
- Some cultures seem to be better at sharing than others. There should be no culture better at sharing than the Christian culture.
- When you are faithful in using the gifts God has given you, He is free to spread the results wherever He chooses.
- Serving others comes in many forms.
- Our service ought to result in thanksgiving to God by people we may never even meet.