​God Was at Our Conference

July 30 2014

The One Mission Society International Conference feels like forever ago (held on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University from July 10-13). It was an amazing four days of worship and fellowship, but it took a lot of people to make it happen. And though conference went by without any problems (at least, that you’ll ever know about!), it wasn’t the success of conference that made it memorable. The details that seemed so overwhelming leading up to conference paled in comparison to the overwhelming power that was felt there.

God was at our conference.

He was there at the very beginning as we started the conference by praising God for the doors he has opened for One Mission Society. As the song “Hallelujah to the Lamb” was being played over the house speakers, flags of the countries in which we serve were carried up the aisle by missionaries who have served or are serving in that country. The flag ceremony served not only as a great reminder of our abundant blessings, but also as a prelude for a powerful extended weekend.

Thursday evening continued with Eric Simpson, an Indianapolis pastor and the Indianapolis Colts chaplain, delivering a challenging message. Inspired by the story of Caleb in the Old Testament, Eric pleaded with us to finish our faith strong. He asked us what it was going to take our faith to gain strength even as our bodies weaken with age. The “retirement concept is much more North American than it is this,” he said as he held his Bible in the air. As the service closed and Eric’s challenge lingered, tears fell down and prayers went up all around the large auditorium.

God was at our conference.

The next night, newly-appointed OMS President Bob Fetherlin asked us if we were overwhelmed by God. Are we overwhelmed by creation? By the incarnation? By the resurrection? Our God is an awesome God. After he spoke, we stood and worshiped our God, who is worthy of all praise, and we were reminded of what it meant to be overwhelmed.

God was at our conference.

Throughout the week, we heard answered prayers and prayer requests from our missionaries. We heard about the work that God is doing through his people in several nations. As they shared their stories with us, our missionaries also shared their passion, and it was contagious.

God was at our conference.

Our children alone raised enough money for two homes for the Bon Repos site in Haiti. In just 3 days, they collected more than $10,000. For some of them, however, two homes were not enough. They might have left the conference with their families that Sunday, but many of them took away a heart for the people of Haiti and the courage to help them.

God was at our conference.

Throughout the conversations and the receptions, we shared stories of what God has done and what we can’t wait to see him do next. God has been with One Mission Society every step of the way, and looking back at what he has done, we praise him for his presence and his power. And now looking back at our conference, we praise him again because … HE was at our conference.

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