The World Missions Summit 2
Excitement began December 28 as missionaries gathered to put everything in place at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the second World Missions Conference. Their one focus was to give young adults insight into missions needs around the world. After months of prayer and planning, the event was just two days away and every exhibit had to be in place by 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 30.
Students arrived at registration anticipating a life-changing event. One student who came with 69 others from Louisiana said, “The trip was long, but I know it’s going to be worth it.” Another mentioned that she heard about the event a year ago but was sure she couldn’t get off from work. At the last minute, every detail fell into place and she knew that God wanted her there.
Crystal Martin, who with her husband, E. Scott, directs Chi Alpha student missions, challenged attendees Tuesday evening at the first “Gathering” to know the truth and put God first. Interspersing personal stories and missions experiences, she told young adults to realize that everything they label “good” may not be what God terms “good,” that they cannot depend on their own resources, and that man’s affirmations and praise is not as important as complete trust in God.
Zollie Smith, executive director of AG U.S. Missions, told Wednesday morning’s crowd of more than 3,500 people that God expects those who know Him to “do something” about conditions in this world. The “Gathering” was followed by the first of three “Windows to the World.” As hundreds of young adults left the Africa Experience, Andrew from Minnesota had tears in his eyes. “I care about people and it was difficult to realize the poverty, disease, death and danger in the continent,” he said. “I just want to be available to God to help change that.”
Activities continue throughout Wednesday and end Thursday, January 1, 2009, with an evening “Gathering.”
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