whew — we’re in the thick of it now, baby. and i’m exhausted. but — as i always do at these events — having a blast. yesterday had two fantastic and challenging general session talks, from frances chan and doug fields. actually, they have some similarities in their communication style, now that i think about it. both are very genuine and self-effacing. both spoke from a place of brokenness, where they’ve experienced some healing. both are wickedly funny, but not to distraction. and both had messages that were not meant to comfort, if you know what i mean.
i got to be part of the exposure we give to compassion, international, on stage yesterday. compassion flew in a wonderful young woman (in her 20s) from the philippines who’d been a sponsor child, and went all through the leadership development program (which pays for college education) and is now in a leadership role in a ministry and sponsoring a compassion child herself. she’d framed her story out for me when we chatted beforehand. but when she told it on stage — wow — well, let’s just say that i wasn’t the only one choked up; i was just the only one who had to try to speak directly after she shared. which i couldn’t — for a moment. the whole room gave her a standing ovation — a long one. it was beautiful. michelle (that’s her name) will be with us at the other two conventions also.
this morning i’m off to lead a book club, which i’m really regretting agreeing to. i needed more sleep this morning. a couple general sessions today, of course. and, this afternoon i lead my new seminar called, “a new vision for middle school ministry”. hope that one goes well!
oh, and security came last night to tell us we were being too loud and had to disband (that is, on the balcony of my room). it was 1am anyhow.