Henk Medema
23
OCTOBER

Ten things I learned in CapeTown

Ten things I learned in CapeTown   The Lausanne III congress is not over yet! But building on what Mary E. DeMuth was writing earlier, I would love to share with you some of the things I am learning in CapeTown (just apart from the beauty of Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront…). Ten things: three on the Church, three on the world, three on myself, and one on God.   1. Not amazing but yet amazingly more surprising than I thought: the worldwide Church is a lot bigger than I knew. Walking and talking amidst these thousands of Christians from next to 200 countries, I am so much impressed. I am proud to call these men and women my brothers and sisters. - iPray for them.   2. The Church is hurting in many ways. Suffering physical pain, persecution, imprisonment, even martyrdom in many places. Many of its wounds also are of a spiritual nature: sin, pride, hypocrisy, shallowness, friction, heresy, secrtarinism, and much more. You knew that and I knew that, but it hurts when it comes so close, while you listen to many stories. - iPray for the worldwide hurting Church.   3. There is a lot of hope for the Church in those down-to-earth places where it is functioning. Of course there is an abstract sense in which Christ is its hope, and there is also hope in looking to some statistics - but this becomes very specific in the local community. - iPray for ‘my’ own local church, and the churches in the Netherlands.   4. The world is bigger than I thought. I am impressed about the vastness of the multitudes that are within the reach of the many Christians at this conference, and even more beyond their reach. The broad cultural diversity makes me realise that the Netherlands is not the center of the universe (which I already suspected…). The presentations and movies moved me. - iPray for the whole world – if that’s really possible…   5. The world is in a terrible state of suffering. Half of its population, I am told, lives on less than 2 dollar a day, and that’s only an economic aspect. Diseases, wars, corruption, rape, hiv&aids, famine, ecological exhaustion, and much more are depleting the beautiful world that God has made. - iPray for more sensitivity for the terrible needs of this world.   6. There is hope for the world. The power of the Gospel sometimes came through in an impressive way during this congress, and that particularly when the working of the Spirit was manifested in frail human beings: the 18-year old girl from North-Korea, whose father was killed by the régime but who planned to go back; the wife of a dentist murdered in Afghanistan; the Nigerian bishop who continues to stand for the gospel in spite of imminent life danger. - iPray for all those Christians, often in lonely places.   7. Let me tell you that I was also there, a part of CapeTown2010. A very small part, and dwindling, as the Holy Spirit continued to work during these days. I feel so small, and yet privileged to be here. - iPray, and I am trying to discover in a better and more distinct way the will of God for my life.   8. So many people, yet I am just myself. Nothing more, nothing less. I could be looking with envy upon other peoples ministry, but that’s not good. So good to feel loved by the Lord, and guided, and being the object of His care, and an instrument (though very weak) of His Spirit. - iPray for His guidance and help in my life and ministry.   9. I love my wife, and my children, and my Lord – and like the Hebrew bond-servant I would like to commit myself to my Lord and my wife and my children (and grandchildren), glad to go home in a few days! - iThank for what He has given me in them and in Him!   10. The final point: I am learning so much about my Lord and my God, that I am unbable to divide this up in more points. He is the One and Only, and He is supreme. - iWorship  

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