Last week I was in Dallas for a meeting of the 400 United States delegates who have been selected to attend the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town in October, bringing together 4,000 Church leaders from 120 nations.
Ligon Duncan has also been selected to participate, and since we only have 400 coming from the US, it is wonderful we had Mississippi represented.
Lon Allison of our Board is chairing the evening plenary programs, and Scott Dawson, also of our board will be leading the evangelistic services across Africa the month before the Congress.
Attending that meeting in Dallas was the pastor of a large church in the city. Two days ago his story was published in the New York Times. Especially for those among us who are dealing with difficult struggles, it will encourage you to read about Matt Chandler
Suffering Well: Faith Tested by Pastor’s Cancer
Published: January 31, 2010
DALLAS (AP) — Matt Chandler doesn’t feel anything when the radiation penetrates his brain. It could start to burn later in treatment. But it hasn’t been bad, this time lying on the slab. Not yet, anyway.
Chandler’s lanky 6-foot-5-inch frame rests on a table at Baylor University Medical Center. He wears the same kind of jeans he wears preaching to 6,000 people at The Village Church in suburban Flower Mound, where the 35-year-old pastor is a rising star of evangelical Christianity.
Another cancer patient Chandler has gotten to know spends his time in radiation imagining that he’s playing a round of golf at his favorite course. Chandler on this first Monday in January is reflecting on Colossians 1:15-23, about the pre-eminence of Christ and making peace through the blood of his cross. MORE