Thursday, April 21, 2005

It is always a little difficult to project what will happen when you convene over 150 people from 5 continents for a 7 day Conference. One thing that we knew for sure was that Ephesians 3:20 was true and God certainly did “immeasurably more than we could ask or think” during the Conference. It was amazing to see such a diverse group truly UNITE:

· To seek God

· To fulfill His purpose for us through Building Laborers

· To commit to growing in gospel community together [connection and collaboration]

Although Campus Outreach has had teams in various countries for several years, you got the sense that this was the beginning or a big first step toward a global movement. If God could do that much in a week, it was exciting to think, dream and pray about all He could do in the next 15-20 years. All the staff returned to their homes and campuses with more focus, more joy and more desire to see God glorified through students coming to know Him and growing into multiplying laborers. We calculated roughly that the sum total of miles traveled by the conference participants was more than 2,175,000 miles. After all of that, we unanimously had 1 response – IT WAS WORTH IT! Your co-laboring with us in prayer was a major part of the success. Thank you.

Making way for the CCPs…

In just a month the CCPs will be arriving! Yes, it’s that time of the year again! With just coming back from the conference, it is not hard to imagine everything that will need our attention as we prepare for their arrival. Please pray with us over the next month for the many needs that will surface. Pray that God would provide apartments that will house teams as big as 20 people. (More specifically, pray that God would go before us and work in the realtors’ hearts. We will need 4 apartments for just a 2 month period.) Pray also that God would provide each of the student’s and staff’s visas quickly, that they would find favor with the Brazilian government. Pray that God would also provide transportation (vans, cars, etc.) for the ccps to utilize during the summer. Trust God with us to provide in every situation. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19).