ICOM 2012

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by Linda Lucas

 

I have been putting off writing about ICOM, I admit, because this truly was a disturbing conference that demands a response. I have been speechless…. How will I respond? Each main session message was rooted in the Scriptural realities written of in RADICAL, the book by David Platt. If you haven’t read the book yet, do! It is a challenging read that demands a response.

The themes for the main speakers were; A Radical Belief: No One Comes to the Father, Except Through Christ; A Radical Force: The Holy Spirit; A Radical Opportunity; Reach the World Changers; A Radical Call: Come and Die; A Radical Responsibility: Deliver the Captives;  A Radical Force: The Spirit of the Anti-Christ;  A Radical Command: Go and Make Disciples and A Radical Obedience: Fulfill God’s Mission for Your Life.

 As I contemplate all these powerful messages threaded together they are evoking an overwhelming wave of emotion.  I am a slow processor so tend to take things in as quite matter of fact with seemingly little impact then as I ponder all the input and the Spirit of God speaks to my heart  that which is of the His word and truth, I am left in awe. … Now, the flood gates open….

 Now what LORD?  What is it that You require of me personally?  … Duh! Did I not just hear it repeatedly?  God has commissioned us, His church, to be His ambassadors to the nations!  What am I doing in obedience to that?   His Call to believe is radical!  His call of commitment is radical!  His command to go is radical! The opportunities to fulfill our responsibility are radical!  The spirit of the anti-Christ is ominous but the power of His Holy Spirit within us is radically omnipotent!  My response can only be one of radical obedience!  So, help me God, I am compelled to say, ‘here am I, Lord, send me!”

 At this year’s International Conference on Missions, at least 80 people made decisions to pursue their role in global missions. Praise the LORD!  Please join me in asking God to provide the encouragement, preparation, partnerships, and wisdom they will need.  Thank God for raising up more workers for His fields of harvest.

Author Linda Lucas

Hi! I’m Linda. I am a Midwest, born and raised, PK who grew a heart of passion for missions and the global church by way of being a witness to the exemplary lives of my parents and the missionaries that passed through our home. After attending Cincinnati Bible College for one year I married my husband, Jim Lucas. We have since been very blessed to raise three amazing sons, gain three wonderful daughters and three perfect grandchildren with one more on the way. Firmly believing that my ministry begins at home I was always a stay at home mom and ended up home educating the last 10 years of our sons education. My feet first hit foreign soil in the spring of 1993, joining with a Team Expansion partnership in the Ukraine for a 17 day journey through which my life and direction of service for the Lord were forever changed. Following that point of transformation I began serving on our church’s Missions Ministry and to participate in our annual, short term / exposure trips. By the year 2000 I found myself transplanted from Ohio to Indiana and leading these trips. I reconnected with Team Expansion in 2009 and am currently in partnership with Team Expansion as a volunteer Regional Mobilizer for NW Indiana, a Connections Trip leader and mobilize prayer warriors for the Shuar peoples of Ecuador. A favorite of passage of Scripture that gives me courage to do all that I do is Philippians 1:3-6: because of this passage my hope abounds and all fears are dispelled …To the work to the work… until all have heard … or He calls me home.

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