22 men and women, staff and students, from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga and (of course) New Zealand gathered in a classroom on the 5th floor of a building next door to the Auditorium Maximum, Warsaw.
It seems somewhat ridiculous to write that sentence – what brings this group, large enough to be a church plant, diverse enough to span a huge part of the world and orderly enough to sit in a Polish classroom listening to one another. We told a little of what we are doing in our areas of responsibility and ministry. What seems so ridiculous is that we are here far inland in Northern Europe and meeting together when we are located on shorelines and near beaches.
The work in the region is growing and it is exciting to see how that has come about over the last four years. This is the biggest delegation from the region that there has been at a World Assembly. We prayed giving thanks for the work of God across our diverse region.
Talk and prayer and laughter and concern and fellowship in Christ.
These gatherings were repeated all over the venue. Regional gatherings – some marked by sadness as many could not come because of visa problems. Some rejoicing because of the work of God in the region. All bound in purpose and vision. God ruling and reigning and uniting and developing men and women for His purposes in the work among students.