It’s been a very positive day of networking meeting both a number of the UK team here at Cape Town and young leaders from around the world.
During the UK dinner I was able to spend some time talking with great people like Matt Summerfield (Urban Saints), Steve Clifford (EA), Stephen Cave (EA Ireland), Graham Archer (Highfield Church, Southampton), Alan Charter (Scripture Union & Children Matter), Krish Kandiah (EA), Andy Frost (Share Jesus International), Meryl Walters (Presbyterian Church of Wales Youth Officer), Eddie Arthur (Wycliffe Bible Translators) and Andy Caldwell (Mutley Baptist) – a big thanks to all those people for making me feel so welcome.
In the evening I went along with Andy Frost to the Lausanne Global Young Leaders Forum which was a good time of meeting a number of people from around the world including Margaret Feinberg, Jim Belcher, Naomi Cramer Overton (Product Direct of Compassion USA), and Richard, (A team leader and one of the instigator of prayer movements including Global Day of Prayer).
Meeting all these people has really challenged me to hear afresh the big vision and dreams God is calling me to work to. In the past I’ve spoken of my passion to see every young person (approx. 500) in North Tonbridge to have an opportunity to respond to the gospel. Hearing these people talk about their various life callings challenges me to listen again to the things God is asking me to be involved in, and to consider any ways in which I can support the development of youth ministry in the UK – be it through mentoring youth ministers, writing resources, developing young leaders, encouraging and training volunteer leaders – my hope is that during Cape Town 2010 God will reveal some more of his call and plan on my life.