Tomorrow marks the final day of this historic gathering in Bangkok. The experience has been incredible—instructive, inspirational and impossible to fully describe. Here are a few highlight insights we’ll be taking back to Canada with us.
Singing “How Great is Our God” with 2500 pastoral trainers from over a hundred countries. “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (Psalm 96:3).
Hearing a challenging message from Oscar Muriu, the pastor of the Nairobi Chapel. Key question: “Is what you are living for worth Christ dying for?”
Being reminded by Dr. Ramesh Richard of the great need for pastoral training around the world: Key stat: Only 5% of the world’s pastors have had any formal training.
Being in round table discussions designed to see greater collaboration between those involved in formalized theological training (seminaries) and those doing non-formal training (seminars). Both types are needed in God’s kingdom work.
The joy of preaching to an international gathering in one of the morning exposition breakout sessions. Thanks for all of you who prayed for me as I spoke on “How to be a Useful Minister for Christ” from 2 Timothy 2:14-26.
Reconnecting with pastors we’ve met over the years from many countries: Mongolia, Syria, Kenya, Lithuania, Panama…and more.
Dreaming about how Heritage could help with the training of pastoral leaders from various nations in the GTA. My colleague, Keith Edwards, who is also at the Congress, will be a great help in seeing these dreams move towards reality.
Eating Thai food every morning, noon and night. (We’ve loved it but are ready for a good ol’ burger or some fajitas).
Seeing a living demonstration of the global body of Christ and getting a preview of heaven (people from every nation, tribe, people and language—Revelation 7:9). Tomorrow night will close with a banquet together; a foretaste of the supper Above.
Thank you for praying for us. Please pray for all the delegates as we travel to our home countries to put into action the things we’ve learned and commitments we’ve made.