Missions Monday: Pray for Me
Pray for me. Later this week I travel to Minneapolis for “Finish the Mission,” this year’s Desiring God national conference. Such a great number of logistical and funding details had to fall into place in order to enable me to go, and by the grace of God they all did. Praise Him! And now I’m finally on my way.
The full title of the conference is “Finish the Mission, for the Joy of All Peoples: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged.” Plenary speakers include Louie Giglio, David Platt, Michael Ramsden, Michael Oh, Ed Stetzer, and John Piper. Add to that the many seminar speakers. Then add to that the thousands of attendees from all over the country and world. We’ll all be gathered to spend concentrated time thinking through global missions–both frontier missions and church planting. Can you imagine what impact that can (will!) have in the world? Can you even begin to conceive the kind of winsome Kingdom activity this conference will kindle? Well, whatever you’re thinking or imagining–know that God can do more even than that! Whoa.
I tremble to think what God might do in me. It’s curious to me that the only Christian conferences I seem to attend have as their subjects things which have for a very long time inspired me only very minimally. The other conference I attended recently was Plant!, a Sovereign Grace Ministries conference on church planting. Since when do I care a lick about planting churches or taking the gospel to far-off places? I don’t know, but increasingly I do–very much.
There have been plenty of other events I’d have rather attended, on subjects that (at least I think) I care more about. Yet I’ve not been able to get to those. Instead, God has gotten me, against fairly bad odds, to two conferences on fulfilling the Great Commission.
Surely God is up to something. Pray for me.