Every Tribe and Tongue and People and Nation
As the GProCongress participants gathered today to worship the Lord, they sang “How Great Is Our God.” The words rose from their lips in a multitude of languages, but from their hearts in a unity of praise. Then, as they read portions of Revelation 4 in concert, the sense of being with the saints before the Lord’s throne filled the room so distinctly that the people burst into sustained cheers and celebration. It was a privileged glimpse of burning hot worship from a multitude of tribes and tongues and people and nations, a rare occurrence on this side of heaven.
Dr. Ramesh Richard, convener of the Global Proclamation Congress, further strengthened his brothers and sisters in the Lord, reminding them that “Your ministry itself is a gift, not a burden.” He exhorted them, “If you want to quit your ministry tonight, okay, then quit tonight. But in the morning, start afresh. Kindle anew the fire of your ministry daily. Fan the flames. Your fuel comes from God and will never run out.”
Blessing the Thai Ministry
Dr. Richard asked the Congress to participate as the Lord led them in an offering for the Thai Campus Crusade for Christ to train more young servant leaders like the ones that have so faithfully and diligently served all week. Participants gave generously, many from their own need, and about $14,000 (USD) was collected, enough to send 280 Thai students to a week-long training.
Participants capped the powerful message and worship time with a celebration of communion. Representatives from every inhabited continent stood before the congregation of committed believers: pastors, pastoral trainers, coaches, leaders, funders and donors, guests, staff and volunteers. They read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, asked the Lord’s blessing, and invited the congregation to serve one another the body and blood of Christ with brotherly love.