Congress of Nations: Until Everyone Hears
Have you ever been to a concert? Concerts are uniquely unifying experiences, gathering people from all demographics together for one purpose: to enjoy and praise the performer. There is something about music that brings us together. The ability to enjoy and create music is a gift from God which allows us a small glimpse of what Heaven will be like.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Revelation 7:9, "I looked, and behold, a great multitude ... of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’"
Every three years, leaders within EE International gather from around the globe to discuss the advancement of the ministry and of God's kingdom. It is a time for people of every nation and tongue to come together under one roof for the purpose of advancing God's kingdom. During our times of worship, when everyone is praising Jesus in their own tongue, I am always struck by the thought "This is the closest to Heaven that I'll be on this side of it."
This year, we were privileged to not only attend the EE Congress of Nations, but to also present the vision of Changemakers to both the National Directors and Congress Delegates. We were so encouraged by the positive response that we received. Many nations recognize the need to invest in the next generation of leaders in ministry.
Partnering with other nations as part of Changemakers is incredibly important for a few reasons: First, we cannot be everywhere at once (even though we would like to be!) It is important for those working in other nations to understand why young leaders are so important and to be looking for potential candidates for the program. Second, it is our goal to run a 4-week Changemakers training in every region of the world by 2030. If we can accomplish this, we could potentially see 100 young leaders coming into the ministry every year. To do this, we need host nations who will be able to facilitate the training.
International partnership is essential to the spreading of the Gospel. The excitement that was shared with us over the potential of growth in our ministry over the next few years has both humbled and encouraged us. Please continue to pray with us over these partnerships and the interns that will be coming next year!
Mitch and Ash