As you guys are praying (see Monday’s post here) and making your final preparations, we thought you’d like to see where your fellow world changers are coming from. Below are the cities that will be represented at WCS 2012!
With only 10 days left, we find ourselves looking forward to what God is going to do next week. So we’d like to make a request: please pray.
The psalmist hits it on the head, without the providential hand of God, “It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors…” (Ps. 127:2).
The impact of our time together is entirely predicated on the work that God is doing in us as a group and in you particularly.
So, spend some time alone with God asking Him to bless our time together.
And then call your fellow world changer and pray with them. In this day and age, we don’t have to wait until next Thursday before we pray with one another.
We are all very excited to see what God is going to do in you and in the relationships that will be both forged and renewed next weekend.
Specific Prayer Points:
Our Speakers and Coaches
Our speakers have been an amazing blessing to us. Their encouragement and generosity has kept us going every step of the way. Please pray for their families, ministries, their safe travel and their preparation.
The WCS Crew
Rowan and Jocelyn are already in Colorado leading IPS and the rest of our volunteers will begin arriving early next week. Pray for safety as we travel; for health, unity, diligence and smooth sailing as we make the final preparations.
Your Fellow World Changers
In the conversations we’ve had with you all, this is a busy time. You all have so many projects in the works and so many opportunities in front of you. Pray for peace. Pray that, as a community, we would seek God’s kingdom first. Pray that our efforts would be from a passion for God and not a passion for work. And pray for encouragement. That we would work “as to the Lord” and find our joy in His calling.
Also pray for your ministries. The ministries that will be represented at WCS 2012 are listed to the right. Explore what they’re doing and pray for them. We all need it.
If you have a specific prayer requests, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to join you in asking God for good things.
We’ll see you in 10 days!
We’re excited to add one more coach to our list of top experts: Julie Hiramine!
Julie is the Founder and Executive Director of Generations of Virtue, a ministry that equips parents to empower their children for purity in our world today. She is also the wife to Kay Hiramine.
A published author, Julie has written the Beautifully Made! series for girls, the Raising a Pure Generation curriculum, and the forthcoming Guardians of Purity: A parent’s guide to winning the war against media, peer pressure, and eroding sexual values among many others resources.
Julie has generously offered to coach those of you involved with speaking and writing ministries, sharing her wisdom on ministry, authoring, getting published.
If you haven’t signed up for your coaching sessions yet, send an e-mail to email@example.com and he’ll help you out.
We’ll see you soon!
NOTE: Gina Robertson, our long-time friend and member of the Life Purpose Planning team, offered us her thoughts on “world changing”. We’d like to share them with you as well.
For the last few years, I’ve found myself growing a bit cynical when it comes to “being a world-changer.” I regularly encounter the young, invincible 18-year-old who heads out into the unknown ready to conquer whatever is before them. Failure isn’t even a thought while the glow of excitement and anticipation oozes from their pores. To this I generally say, “Do it! Change the world!” yet under my breath I add “while you still think you can.” They are on the brink of their God-given journey with full expectation!
But what do you do when you get a few “hard knocks” or when God doesn’t immediately fulfill all of your dreams? What do you do when you wake up and realize that you’re in this journey for the “long haul” and that it’s not going to be an all-nighter blitz to fully live out your purpose? As I’ve trudged along, I’ve often wondered deep down if the “good ol’ days” have come and gone.”
Recently the Lord jolted me back to reality through the movie, RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) and a statement from my Dad (Dewey Novotny). My dad mentioned that many individuals don’t view themselves as a world-changer anymore because they are living in their past deeds and accomplishments. In reality, their world has just changed! This has been my case… our little team has moved on, gotten married and live very busy lives. In some cases, it’s been like pushing a dream uphill… and after a while, that just gets discouraging. Then, in the movie RED, I watched retired CIA agents come out of the woodwork to bring justice once again to the world. Something in the movie stirred my heart as I identified with the agent in the nursing home… and another agent arranging a bouquet of roses. The gray hairs on their heads brought a certain “calm” in the midst of a chaotic plot and threat for extinction. With synergistic efforts, these seasoned veterans nonchalantly grabbed the old tools and talents from their past and moved into the future!
I’ve been delaying my attendance to the WC Summit because I never wanted to paint a picture of perfection or squash myself into a stereotypical mold that goes along with being a “world-changer.” However, with a few gray hairs on my 30-year-old head, I’m packing my tools, dreams, plans and can’t wait to rub shoulders those changing the world in a world of change!
With great expectation,
Gina C Robertson
PS. I highly recommend the use of TV Guardian or ClearPlay if you watch RED.
Continuing our introductions from Monday (click here), we are excited to introduce you to the second “Dusting for Fingerprints” scholarship winner, Robert Oakley.
Robert submitted a detailed and articulate explanation of the various ministries and projects that he’s involved with. We’ve asked Robert to share some of his story.
I was a true born son from Kansas and then got to Texas as fast as I could. Raised in a Christian home, I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. The dynamic integration with my family gives me a unique perspective when I’m working with kids in high school who have never had that connection with a father or a mother.
Right now, my focus is on completing my education as I prepare to pursue a long career teaching. I am also helping with ESL instruction to Chinese students who reside in the city of Houston.
2. What are your plans for ministry?
I really hope to integrate education and media. I like the journalistic style of film and I simply love narrative and how creative you can be with narrative. As far as future plans go, the medium that intrigues me the most, and appears to be the most effective, is film and visual communications. As Christ was our great instructor in righteousness through storytelling, Christians ought to remain among the of best of storytellers as their stories reflect who Christ is and remind us of what He has done.
3. How did you get started?
Through the Boy Scouts, I received my first opportunity to seriously pursue film and filmmaking when they had a film week. Later, as an eagle scout, a friend was doing a film project for a local Pregnancy Help Center and asked me join. But I’ve always been interested in photography and media ever since my father introduced me to Photoshop, graphic design, and print.
4. Who are some of your (non-Biblical) spiritual influences?
My parents, for sure. An amazing Bible teacher, Dr. Louse Marcos (Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University) who showed me how much there is to know. I was also privileged to attend Summit Semester where I learned from Dr. Michael Bauman.
5. What are you most looking forward to at WCS?
I am looking forward to meeting with some of the heads of all the ministries there: Summit, CollegePlus, IPS, etc. and just to be able to pick their brain and ask, “How did you guys get started and where do I go from where I am right now.”
We’re looking forward to meeting Robert later this month!
A special thanks to our friends at CollegePlus and Life Purpose Planning. Having spoken with both of the winners, we can say with confidence that your kindness and support is definitely making an impact!