Recently I was able to be a part of something big and exciting – Lausanne in Capetown! Lausanne is a congress of around 4,000 Christian leaders from around 200 different countries. They met for over a week in Cape-Town Africa to talk about what being a Christian means (and should mean) in our world today. Many of the most influential speakers in the Christian church were there, and it was a time of learning and listening.
Gordon-Conwell was a Globalink site, which meant there were some people from around the area coming to Gordon-Conwell and we all sat together and watched some of these presentations as well as discussed with each other the implications of what was being said.
Seeing that this is one of the most important events of Christianity in this century, I figured I better be a part of it. Man I loved it. I’ve always known my passion is for the world, and being at Gordon-Conwell and partaking in events like Lausanne confirm to me how missional I am in my very person. I do love the world, and I weep at the heartaches it faces, as well as rejoice in how God works, especially through our 2/3 majority world Christian brothers and sisters. Us North Americans need some help, and so conferences like these – where leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australia, etc come together and discuss issues and challenges and highlights of Christian witness today – really helps me to understand God in new and different (non-western) terms and ultimately I believe, more holistically.
For my Theology of Mission Class, I was required to write a 5-page reflection paper on Lausanne (how cool is that!) I’ve put that document on google documents. If you want to read some of what I learned from the conference, feel free to check it out, and maybe you will get a glimpse of why I am so excited about the “whole church bringing the whole Gospel to the whole world!”
You can watch all the presentations for yourself here: http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010
And you can read my reflections here: http://bit.ly/97Bmwj