Two sets of lines merging as one and rising like the majestic Burj Khalifa stirred anticipation in my spirit as I studied the Regions Beyond Convergence logo for a gathering in Dubai. Surely we can advance the gospel much further together, pool gifts, share resources, urge each other to go, then gather, grow and go again.
Our team of six from Durham in England and the Gulf arrived at the newly renovated Citygates premises. Warm smiles greeted us along with gift bags and the hubbub of happy chatter. Hugging old friends and quickly making new connections, we entered the main auditorium and multi-cultural worship surged. To say that Convergence brought hearts, minds, styles, tastes, languages, churches and nations together is not an over-statement in my view.
From the get-go, prophetic voices extended God’s invitation to go deeper for longer, to abide and bear lasting fruit and to expect sudden breakthroughs in these unprecedented times. My faith level rose like a fountain bursting out of a water table. ‘Come alive in the name of Jesus’ we sang, ‘bring everything to the feet of Jesus, this is the house of miracles.’ And even if I couldn’t understand the language of all the songs, the Holy Spirit spurred me to dance and praise.
To make a perfect cake, we stir all the ingredients into the mix without forgetting any, leaving no clumps of baking powder or butter on the edge of the bowl, adding just the right amount of flour, salt and sugar. Every voice in Regions Beyond is needed in the mix so that we fulfil everything God has in mind for us. ‘Con’ means ‘with’ and ‘verge’ means ‘edge, margin, incline and turn together’. All are indispensable. Togetherness reaches further. Convergence is truly good and pleasant. Everyone at the feet of Jesus.
by Helen Freeman