*** Let’s Evangelize the World! ***

The 2010 Cape Town Congress got off to a great start with more than 4000 representatives from almost 200 nations! It’s called The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. We are all here to reflect on the evangelization of the entire world. The opening ceremony was very beautiful and moving. South Africans are truly warm and welcoming! Unfortunately, 250 Chinese were missing because the Chinese government considered their participation in this conference as being harmful to state security, which seems incredible! Over 1000 police blocked participants when they were getting on their airplanes, and some are currently in prison! Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters!

Evangelism is a subject for which I have a passion because I would like for many to know Jesus as I know him: He is my Savior and my friend! I’d like to communicate as much enthusiasm and passion as I can around me during this historic meeting. My goal is to share the importance of using the Internet and new technologies for the proclamation of the Gospel. We have an incredible opportunity! Imagine that Indonesia, which is probably the largest Muslim country in the world, is also the third most represented country on Facebook with 20 million users. Turkey is the 4th. France is in fifth position! We must seize the opportunity that God is giving us to share the Good News.

Pray for me, please! I will not have the opportunity to talk with each of the 4000 participants. So, I am relying on the Lord for divine connections with the right people at the right time. And it started well. I met Blair Carlson, who was the Billy Graham campaign manager in 1986 and so my first boss! It has been 25 years since we saw each other and we still look so young ;-) It’s faith that keeps us young … forever ;-)

Let me tell you about two of those divine connections.

A South Korean came to me thinking I could fix his Internet connection because I was wearing a black T-shirt. The technical crew for the congress (of which I am not a member) is also wearing black T-shirts. As I explained to him his mistake, I asked him what his role was, and he happened to be the representative of a very large church (Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea) with which we had already initiated discussions to create a Knowing God website in Korean. However, we had had no news and were somewhat desperate. Since our meeting, this brother has already written and assured me he would follow up. Glory to God!

I also wanted to meet someone very special and very well-known here in South Africa to speak with him about launching the Jesus.net project here in his country. I had heard about him from my Dutch friend Jan Willem who is here with me. And while hiking on a mountain, we even prayed to meet him. And guess who came to sit at my table this morning … a simple table in the middle of 700 other tables! This man! He came because he knew the person sitting opposite me. When he showed up, I told him: “I prayed to meet you, so thank you for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit!”. Imagine his surprise! He was really ready to listen, praise God!

Thank you, Lord, for this opportunity to connect with your servants in this magnificent conference. Together we will see more lives changed for your glory!

Your friend,

Eric

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