I am in the Dallas-Forth Worth airport and it is just 6:00a. Up at 4:00a and then shuttle to airport at 5:00a – check-in, security, etc…ad now a VERY LARGE COFFEE as I sit at a Burger King table answering emails waiting for the 8:15a flight to Denver – then on to Regina. It is +5C here and I believe with the wind chill it is -45C in Regina. But it is home.
This has been a worthwhile investment of my time and this ministry’s finances… I have been encouraged, challenged, strengthened, and had both my mind and my spirit stretched. I have been renewed in vision and in what is truly possible with God if we will simply totally trust Him and take everything to Him in prayer trusting. I have made a few connections and strengthened several – especially the one with my mentor, Bill Lewis. It has been an enriching experience for our relationship as we shared these three days together.
I had difficulty getting here – flights that didn’t show up. He had tremendous difficulty getting home yesterday with flight delays in Kentucky which was his central transfer point. So, he arrived home many hours later than planned and scheduled. However, winter weather is unpredictable and you simply need to take delays and seriously early mornings as the norm when you do a lot of travel.
God is truly doing amazing things in His Kingdom and in His Church. I heard the story of a man who was saved – you know, the guy you never expected to come to Christ. He got saved and was discipled by his pastor – and is not pastoring a church which he took over when it was ready to close and they have averaged 3,000 people a year making first time commitments to the Lord for the last 5 years…He is simply preaching Jesus and believing that every person he meets needs to have a relationship with Jesus. In other words, he believes the Bible and is doing something with what he believers going into all his world and winning the lost, the sick, and the dying.
This was just one of many stories I heard these past few days – and then had the opportunity to chat with those involved in the churches being spoken about. Many stand-up meetings in hallways, coffees late into the evening, and chance encounters in restaurants and while standing in line for a fresh coffee during the breaks. Not an introvert’s delight but definitely God’s hand touching, altering, and stretching my personal walk and my ministry perspective.
It was a worthwhile investment of time and money.