I am a learner. Albeit a slow one. But, nonetheless.
A couple of weeks ago Lori and I had the privilege of a couple days of refuge courtesy of Student Life Bible Study in Birmingham. It is pretty sweet when those breathing the Word of God to you are Louie Giglio, David Platt, Kristian Stanfill, and David Platt.
It was a life changing two days. It reminded me of a conference Lori, Kim Satterwhite, and I attended in 2003. I was a rookie in ministry and was in the presence of spiritual giants like Anne Graham Lotts, Chuck Colson, Josh McDowell, among others. The Newsboys drew us into the presence of the Lord and there was no turning back. The pinnacle of the event was the showing The Passion of the Christ. That might not seem to be a big deal now. But, this was the first public showing of the movie. It was months before it would be released. So a thousand people sat back and were riveted by the Passion of our Lord. And I remember the movie ended and it was reverently silent. Weeping….praying…. and then way in the back someone started singing Amazing Grace. First one, than two, than fifty, than a thousand singing the praises of our Lord. Life changing. Unforgettable.
That was the emotion of our trip to Birmingham. Tomorrow I will share with you what I learned, but I will leave with you with something David Platt said that is rooted in Scripture.
“We have an urgent missiology. We don’t have time to indulge ourselves in stuff.” – David Platt Pastor of the Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama.
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Friday was the first of laidback days as we traveled home. Trent, Nathan, and Sara shared their testimonies. We then ran to the China Store to shop for blankets. Alan called it the Walmart of Lesotho. It was a four aisle concrete floor, twenty foot deep store.
The China Store
It was named the China Store for some long haired Chinese dude who rang people up while watching DVD’s on his laptop. I bought two blankets and some shock-a-locka. Most everyone else bought a blanket too. The trip would finally be the last of dirt roads that bred fear. We headed back and walked from the dorms to the village at the end the road entrance to Katse, Moruti Molopo’s village. We visited the goat we were given the day we rode the horses.
Mark the Goat killer
We then listened to Alan’s vision and goals for this village. Orphanage, vocational center and a church. We then had Andrew and Chris pray over the whole village.
We went back and had massive leftover lunch. The majority headed back out to horseback ride. Trent, Katie, Emma, Bishop, Sara, and I stayed back. Took a two hour nap and then packed. When everybody came back we did a total trip debrief with Alan and Babs. It breaks me just thinking about it. That we had closure at that session. We shared our victories and suggestions and prayed. And that was it. It was all wrapped up in a neat little session. That quite honestly is still sinking in.
We then headed out to the Katse Lodge (100 feet up the sidewalk) and I treated all to dinner. White linen, soup, stir fry, and fruit salad. It was nice. It was festive. We took pictures at the fireplace and prepared ourselves for goodbyes.
All of us at Lodge
- The Dial Family
Sara says goodbye to Babs