In October of this year, if the Lord does not prevent it, I will fly to Cape Town, South Africa, to participate as a US delegate at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Sounds pretty intense, huh? Well, it is.
In January, I travelled to Dallas for my first meeting in preparation of this event. I have been part of two meetings since then - one in NYC and one in Boston - and I will be participating via webstream next week in a meeting taking place in California, at Saddleback, pastored by Rick Warren, who prayed at President Obama's inauguration.
The closer I get to this event, and the more of my time, money and through I invest in it, the more deeply I care about it - what it represents, what it stands for, and what it means for Christians and the world at large.
For the next little while on my blog, I plan to wrestle publically with the questions, issues and topics I'll face as a delegate. To give you an idea of the scope of this honor, there will be 4,000 delegates in Cape Town from over 200 nations. From the US, only 400 of the 2,000 + applicants were chosen. As I consider this, I am increasingly realizing what a privilege it is to go.
And I really, really want it to count.
So I am reading, praying, talking, listening, studying, writing and, oh yes, did I mention praying?! I invite you to do all of the above with me. Please stick with me through this and share your input. As we were reminded in Boston recently, Cape Town's Lausanne Congress is a beginning, or at least a continuation; it's not the end goal.
Let the conversation commence.