The Discipleship Conference 2017, entitled Engage, was a bunch of firsts for us. King was part of the team who handled the conference, so he had to be in MOA Arena a day ahead. That meant I needed my own ride going, which I don’t think I’ve done in terms of big church events, for the past 12 years. That also meant we would not be sitting together because he would be working during the event. Something I haven’t experienced in the past 12 years as well.
We’ve brought the girls to some conferences and convergences when they were younger, but this was a first for Danae, alone with me! We decided to bring her because she was going to be transitioning from Kids Church to Every Nation Campus (youth) soon, and we wanted her to get a vision of what God is doing in and through our movement. I’ve been casting the vision in our victory group (the girls and their friends), that our group is not just so we can learn more about God and grow as Christians, but so that they too can share Jesus to others and lead their own groups one day soon. This was the perfect time and opportunity to help open her eyes more. She was excited that Ptr Steve Murrell was preaching.
It was my first time to Uber! Haha, shallow I know, but I was pretty stoked. We rode with my friend, neighbor, inaanak, and Uber expert, Thine. We sat together as well in the event, along with Thine’s husband, Edrei, who is our (Every Nation Campus) South Hub Leader. I think the fact that they were our seat mates was just perfect.
In our Vios Uber….
Thine: Are you attending Unashamed (Every Nation Campus’ student conference)?
Me: Yeah. But you can’t be alone yet. Either Daddy or Mommy will go with you.
Thine: Who do you want to go with you? Dad or Mom?
Danae: Mom! Coz Daddy will keep talking to people he knows.
Thine and me: Hahaha. (We totally got what she was saying! Our husbands almost always get held up by people who want to talk to them, and our husbands are basically always excited to see and talk to people.)
During the conference….
Edrei: How old are you?
Danae: says age.
Edrei/Thine: Where do you want to attend? Youth or Kids Church?
Danae: Kids Church (me, secretly: awwww, my baby is still a baby, yaaaaay!!! Haha, the struggle is real!)
But really, I love how they were encouraging her that she is an intern (future victory group leader), and that she will be helping them reach out to international students. I’m just being a needy mommy. 😉
A few days before Engage, I told Danae that she will share what she learns from Ptr Steve’s preaching to our victory group. She agreed and took down notes. With some help from me, she was able to download it to her victory group mates.
YOU – together, not alone, we.
ARE – not will be, might be, could be, should be. are. right now.
THE – no plan b. we are it.
SALT – lead others to Jesus. don’t lose your saltiness and cause others to stumble.
of the EARTH – your own community. the unreached in your community.
Jesus’ ministry was out of compassion and was extremely personal.
I can’t remember if this was before or during our victory group meeting that Sunday after Engage….
Noelle: Mom, why is ate (big sister) leading vg again?
Me: Training, love. You are also going to share the Word in vg.
Noelle: What? No!
Me: Yes, love. Remember, you are all going to be doing this one day with your own groups.
Noelle: But…. I don’t listen!
Hahahaha. Even if she’s distracted often, I know she picks up a lot.
What a privilege to witness how the Lord is working in and through our daughters. I pray that they will be as convinced as their Dad and I are of discipleship. That they be willing and eager to be discipled, and that they be willing and eager to make disciples. 🙂
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b]baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[e] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[f] Matthew 22:37-39