07 September 2011
You can always tell when the summer is coming to an end as the darker nights start to appear, the smell of BBQs start to fade and exam results arrive, bringing both joy and disappointment to many students across the UK. But this time of year also marks a new term, a new beginning. Whether exam results have been better than expected or worse, we know that God is never surprised, and he has a new chapter in store for us.
We always look to the summer for a time of rest and relaxation, but sometimes this is not always the case. In fact for Christians we can be as busy as ever, as we flood to the wide number of Christian conferences that take place all over the UK.
MAP has been no exception. This summer has been one of our busiest as MAP agencies worked together to present mission to the people who attended New Horizon in Coleraine. The mission zone at New Horizon is the finest example of how MAP works better together. Instead of each mission agency having their own stand, 30 mission agencies worked together to create a mission zone focusing on how we can unleash the truth of the gospel through church planting and evangelism, to the Muslim world, through suffering, through Bible teaching and discipleship and Bible translation and technology.
We also hosted Hope Street café every night after the evening celebration. Lots of people came to chill out and enjoy the music and many were inspired and challenged by the interviews that took place every night.
That was July and in August we welcomed speakers from all over the world at the Bangor World Wide missionary convention (20-27 August). We started the week by celebrating the Worldwide's 75th anniversary at the Waterfront Hall, joined by evangelist Rico Tice and the New Irish Choir and Orchestra. During the week Ajith Fernando (YFC, Sri Lanka) took our morning Bible readings on the book of Acts and in the evenings, we had a wide spectrum of speakers including Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Isaac and Gloria Shaw, Trevor Morrow and Jason Kemper. We heard stories about the persecuted church in North Korea, the unreached nation of India, stories of cross-community outreach in Belfast and we finished with an overview of what God is doing around the world.
We know that God touched many hearts during the week, that lives were surrendered to him and that many echoed: "Here I am God, use me, break me, mould me, take me, anywhere!"
If you would like further information on the work of MAP email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website www.mapmission.org.