"The moment the word 'why' crosses your lips, you are doing theology."
—When Life & Beliefs Collide                

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lausanne Highlights!

The CD of resources for women is here, and we are handing them out right and left!

The CD includes the video funded by Synergy, which we will release online after Elke Werner's General Session message on Saturday. Elke (Marburg, Germany), whose heart for women is as big as all outdoors, initiated this project through her organization WINGS (Women in God's Service). The resources were contributed by different individuals and organizations and are intended to affirm and encourage women in ministry globally, where many are serving with little or no affirmation, and sometimes despite criticism. Anyone at Lausanne who doesn't yet have a copy can get one at the Women's Cafe on the 2nd floor of the Convention Center.

Besides the CD, other highlights today for me were: the German professor, Michael Herbst (University of Greifswald) who spoke on Truth as a Person this morning and unpacked how Truth looked in Jesus' life and ministry; Pastor Paco Amador's vibrant eye-opening challenge for the USA delegation to consider what God is doing through immigration; and the gracious tribute this evening to the large missing Chinese delegation who were not permitted to attend Lausanne.

But by far, the most powerful moment of the Conference came in the final moments of the evening's plenary session when an 18-year-old North Korean ezer spoke. Orphaned when her mother died of cancer and her father whose fate is unknown but was likely executed in North Korea as a Christian missionary for treason, she voiced her heart for North Korean and her determination to return there after completing her education. Then, weeping, she issued an impassioned plea for us to remember the people of North Korea. It was unforgettable and brought the 4000+ delegates to their feet in response. The applause wouldn't stop, and the Lausanne leadership had to bring her out again.

3 comments:

Karen said...

thanks Carolyn for your updates. very exciting to be able to track with a bit of what is going on there.
Can't wait to hear more.
Karen Virtue

Nicole Unice said...

I love getting to read the updates. I can only imagine what it was like to hear from that North Korean young woman. Thanks for sharing...

Susie said...

Wow... "Your kingdom come..." May we link arms with our sisters and brothers to bring his kingdom into being "...on earth as in heaven."

Thanks for the encouragement!