Global Conference continued...
Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
15Trip End Oct 12, 2012
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We have just rolled from one session to the next today and at the breaks we talk to so many people that I am glad to sit down again. With the early start to the program we actually have 3 sessions before morning tea, which is quite a stretch.. We had 4 presentations after lunch, which I thought was pretty ambitious too!
Erich, who led devotions, spoke innEnglish and told how he had failed it at school but an encouraging teacher had bumped his mark up so that he could go to university and be a teacher
Another presentation that I enjoyed was the regionalnreport from Central and Eastern Europe. Laszlo from Budapest is the director and he works in 12 lamguages! He experienced first hand what it meant to be a Christian in a communist country - his father was expelled from his university job and did 3 years in a labor camp because of his faith, and is still involved in jail ministry. laszio did a masters in English so that he could be a missionary and became a teacher in spite of his teachers - he believed that kids deserved more love than he got. In 1948 all Christian schools were taken over and closed down, then in 1991 the land and buildings were returned and schools began to open again. Romania has 80 schools today (but are totally unfunded) and Hungary has 325. After 40 years of closure, the challenge now is to staff these schools and train up leaders that are missing from that generation. Laszio is so impressive, so well qualified, and clearly passionate about hisnjob.
There were lots more but this story was memorable. Matthew, a student at Pacific Hills was a special needs student who decided he should send bible s to Romania when he was 13. He was asked for more and kept sending them, eventually sending whole containers full of Bibles and clothes (costing $15,000 each to send)
Tonight we had a visit from Robert Kerneza, one of the world's best free climbers. He did a visual presentation of his photography which was stunning and talked about how he works with groups of students, teaching them to climb and to get back in touchnwith creation. He became a Christian when he was stuck on a ledge at the age of 15 and decided to ask God for help!
We sang and had communion together this morning and it was a powerful time of fellowship. I feel as if I have known these people longer than a weekend and that my network has widened dramatically.