A is for Andrew Selley, who heads up the Four12 network of churches. The guy is an absolute champ; he’s been graced to lead and to build as an apostle, and we’re behind him all the way.
B is for Brad Verreynne, kicking off the conference this afternoon with the first preach. It’s also for brilliant, because that’s what his preach was. B could also be for biased, which we admittedly are, but he really did share amazingly well.
C is for Cape Town, which is a pretty decent city as far as decent cities go. Okay, it’s an awesome place. But if anyone says it’s better than PE, they’re wrong.
D is for Defensive, which I clearly was in my previous sentence. I repent.
E is for Early. As in, if you want to get a good seat at the meetings, you had better be there early. And have some item of clothing that you can book your seat with. Bonus points if you use a scarf, which covers about 6 chairs.
F is for Furious, the Jeremy Riddle song that launched us into our worship time tonight. God’s love over us is furious!
G is for Greeters at the doors, welcoming everyone. Full marks to them.
H is for Hosting and Hospitality, Josh Gen style. Open homes, open hearts, open lives. A great example.
I is for Insight. And whenever a leader stands up to speak, it’s obvious that they have it, and they got it in the presence of God. We’re privileged to be led by men and women who follow the Spirit, and we must never forget it.
J is for Jesus. Our hope and our reason.
K is for Kilometers. Probably about 2000 or so will be driven by the time we get home at the end of this week. Totally worth it.
L is for Love amongst people that is not just talk, but the power of God in action. You can feel it when we’re together.
M is for those Magnificent Mumbaians (Mumbaiites?) Sam and Fiona Peters, with us from India. After driving in Mumbai, the roads of Cape Town must seem like the peaceful corridors of an old-age home to them.
N is for the Nations coming together: India, Brazil, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the Isle of Man and others. Different cultures, but the same heart for God.
O is for Oxygen Lifers – about 50 of us representing the Port of Elizabeth this week.
P is for the Presence of God. Getting together doesn’t mean anything unless we’re in His presence and following what His Holy Spirit is doing.
Q is for Queen Elizabeth. She has nothing to do with this Four12 conference, but I needed something with a Q. And wouldn’t it be awesome if she had a radical encounter with Jesus? It can happen.
R is for Ratanga Junction, where a few Oxygen Lifers found themselves this morning. There was fear, panicked screaming and throwing up, and that was just in the Cape Town traffic on the way there.
S is for Sunningdale, where the conference is being held. It’s also for Seven Hundred, which is roughly how many people fit into the venue.
T is for Table Mountain. We’re envious of it, okay? We wish we had one. There, I said it.
U is for Updates – daily blogs from the conference so you won’t feel left out.
V is for the Violin, which sounds absolutely awesome when you’re in God’s presence.
W is for Worship. Putting Jesus front and center, and giving white people an excuse to dance without feeling silly.
X is for Ex-Oxygen Lifers, who we miss and get to see on trips like this. They’re excellent examples of extraordinariness.
Y is for the Young at Heart, led by the evergreen Will Marais. If we can all be as passionate as that man by the time we’re grey, this world will be turned upside down for Jesus.
Z is for the Zeal of God over us, which was the title of Brad’s preach, and is a revelation we need to have every single day!