Lifting Our Voice
Thursday — Our first official day of Conference was a very full day, starting with the International Prayer Breakfast and ending with a General Session. In between, there were meetings, orientations, rehearsals and of course many, many opportunities to meet people from all around the world.
Ministry on the Move
I dropped in on the State of the Ministry meeting for a while this morning. Kay Rogers was doing a great job filling in for Karen Anderson (who, in case you weren’t aware, broke her foot just before Conference and so wasn’t able to attend). She was giving the Communications report and sharing about the new mission statement with the two added words “and men”, and the new Ministry on the Move brochure among other things.
I’ve heard from numerous ladies how thrilled they are that Aglow is making a purposeful move to include men in the ministry. Speaking of men, there was one meeting today I wanted to be at for sure…
I really enjoyed being with the guys! We worshipped, listened to reports about Aglow men’s groups in Denmark and the UK and were inspired by Pastor Dan Hammer who challenged us to be the warriors that God has called us to be: victors, not victims, and passionate, not passive. After the meeting, we had a great prayer time. God is on the move, using Aglow to draw men to himself.
Jane welcomed everyone to the general session saying “It’s good to be together again!” The crowd roared in agreement. Jane asked Tony to open the session in prayer, and then after exorting the people with a few words of encouragement, she introduced Julie Meyer, our worship leader for the evening. The rest of our time was spent in glorious worship, as Julie led us into the throne room of the Most High.
We sang, danced, shouted and cried as the worship ebbed and flowed like a refreshing stream. I enjoyed moving around with my camera, capturing both sacred moments and joyous revelrey. I’ll post some of them below — hopefully they’ll give you a sense of what it was like to be there. Until tomorrow, this is Rick, signing off.