Calvary Chapel East Africa pastor’s conference

This post was written on October 5.

I just had an amazing four days with brothers from all across the globe!  You see, after attending Calvary/ Old Paths Chapel in Perry, NY for almost nine years, I had the opportunity of attending my first Calvary Chapel pastors conference. No, I’m not a pastor, but I rediscovered something that I already knew: as men we are ALL pastors over our own homes!  And I heard a challenging thought. If your Christianity was a poison, would it be enough to kill you?  And if you’re Christianity was a medicine, would it be enough to cure you?

It was monumental- the first CC pastors conference of East Africa. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Having just moved into the country less than a month ago, it was awesome to be challenged and reassured of the calling God placed on my life. You see, faithful is He who called you who also will bring it to pass.

It was an immense encouragement to meet fellow missionaries and hear their stories and testimonies. Contacts were also made, giving me a little more hope for surviving in a country where most things are very different from USA. Remember, I’ve only been here a few weeks.

As we made the initial journey to our new home, we arrived wondering where in the world was God taking us ?!  But is it not God’s work?  I just happen to be the privileged one that He chose to use. And I found out that being 2 to 3 hours from a major city is nothing for a lot of guys I met.

One of the verses that spoke to my heart was 1 Corinthians 10:13.  There is no temptation or trial that comes to you except those that are common to man. I’m not the first person to question where God has me. And so by God’s grace I want to be faithful to walk in the calling that He placed on my life. And I want to ask and plead that you would be faithful also, wherever God has placed you.

And finally I close with this verse and challenge. Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

That is my prayer here for Angela and I. And please, would you commit to pray for us in this area also?  Lift us before the throne of God so that we would not be moved. God bless you and we love you all!