When you think of the logistical planning for the welcoming, transportation, registration and then ensuring that all 4,500 visitors can get to their hotels and will be ready for a local church Sunday service the next day – well my mind boggles.
This morning showed our coach load of keen arrivals at the International Conference Centre that the Lausanne Movement has given a lot of thought to even the smallest of details of what will be needed for the next 9 days.
For a little inspiration a number of us bleary eyed Brits took a stroll down to the Marina. There we came face to face with life-size bronze statues of South Africa’s 4 great Nobel Peace Prize winners. From left to right – Albert Luthuli (NPP ’60), Bishop Desmond Tutu (NPP ’84), Nelson Mandela (NPP ’93) and F. W. de Klerk (NPP ’93) – four men who made it their mission in life to leave this world a better place.
I’m guessing many of today’s bleary eyed arrivals from around the evangelical world are dreaming of a similar passion. To leave this world transformed in some small way simply because they took our Lord’s mission into this world seriously.
PS: I’m not entirely sure what that odd red seated Lego statue is trying to indicate in the background. Some less charitable wag suggested that it was a warning to the inhabitants, “Bleary eyed evangelicals dropping from the skies today”.