On the morning of January 26th, India’s Republic Day, the air in Mumbai was filled with expectancy as people trickled into the conference venue from all over India and even overseas. There was this big buzz of chatter, laughter as friendships were renewed over cups of chai and a sumptuous Indian (really spicy!) breakfast!!

The Glorious Church conference opened with the sound of worship and a sense of expectation expressed through over 500 people from Regions beyond, gathering together to encounter with God. Over 150 people had traveled from all over India and as well as from overseas and the entire venue was abuzz with eager anticipation.
The vibrant praise and heavenly atmosphere of worship was salted with some very anointed preaching.  Preaching; that clearly seemed to bring the voice of the Spirit into the hall and the hearts of people attending.

 

 

  

Right from the word go, Franco Lonappan’s word on Haggai 2 set the tone – ‘Put aside you insecurities and start building the House as God directed.’ We are on a mission together and there is work to be done.

Put aside you insecurities and start building the House as God directed.

Steve Oliver in his messages that followed called the churches in ‘Regions Beyond’ (India) to encounter God; listening and obeying Him. God was clearly directing his church to “GO”!

 

 

 

God was clearly directing his church to “GO”!

He reminded us of our purpose and infusing that purpose with fresh vision, resolve and faith. It felt like we were being brought together from our own individualities as people and churches  and being regrouped to “Go!” but no longer as a individuals but as a family of churches together on a mission. Be it in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab or Bloemfontein or the uttermost parts of the earth.

 

 

In the messages that followed God reminded us of his grace and how valuable He thinks we are.

Through Colin Thornton we were reminded that our “going” was not a matter of personal ambition and ladder climbing but a reciprocation of the love that he first showed us. It was a matter of laying down whatever we had before God, only to have it become the instrument though which God redeems a lost world. Our blessings were for the nations and we are to be the means through which God would express his love to the lost world.

Gary Welsh reminded us of the importance of having a plan as we embark on our various exploits for God, while Nigel Pereira reminded us that if we are to see the promises of God fulfilled; we needed to persevere in Prayer. Simon Turner spoke with the heart of a father telling us to trust our Heavenly Father like a child trusts his dad – simple and childlike faith that will dare anything it faces! Yes! God was equipping us for mission!

Amidst the vibrant and anointed times of worship  and the preaching of God’s word there was also a sprinkling of interviews

Amidst the vibrant and anointed times of worship  and the preaching of God’s word there was also a sprinkling of interviews giving insight to all that God was doing and is continuing to do in India as well as in the Nations; more specifically Burundi. Many were challenged and reminded through these interview times of the task ahead and the need for laborers in the harvest fields.

The Conference is over,  the people have gone home, but the sound of the trumpet to “Go!” is still resounding in the hearts of many.