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Rescue Conference 17 // Recap
We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself… Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. – Romans 15:1-3, 7
On Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, over 245 members of our church and community gathered together for Rescue Conference 17. From the moment we opened the doors to begin check-in, there was a buzz in the room that I can’t quite explain. I have known for the past months of planning that God was going to show up and do something incredible at the conference, but when He did, it really made an impression on me.
The conference began with a passionate teaching by Marvin Jacobo on “The Love of Christ Compels Me” followed by the whole room singing through “How He Loves” together. The way that God ended up arranging the speakers was truly incredible. After that time of worship and teaching, nearly 150 of our attendees made their way to our community time that was filled with lawn games, dessert and lots of laughs.
Beginning Saturday morning, we heard from Mike Foster about the role we play as rescuers in the lives those around us and how we can begin to build trusting relationships with those God is calling us to pursue. With his loving wit and clarity of thought, Mike brought lots of thoughts and statements that seem to stick with me – two of which being “People need equals, not heroes” and “Not every need has your name on it.” Following Mike, Debbie Johnson shared with us a teaching on slowing down and truly seeing those around us as human beings. You could feel the urgency in her voice as she shared a story about her busy days in ministry and the wake-up call that came with her walking by someone that felt alone and isolated.
On top of the speaking sessions were some incredible panels, testimonies from local ministries serving those in need, and opportunities for attendees to get more involved in Rescue. God blew away every expectation that I had for the conference this past weekend – and I hope he did the same for you.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13
Local Rescue Director