Nuristani Goat Cheese

Half way through the Lausanne III Congress on World Evangelisation I’m full of impressions.

Over 4000 people from all around the globe are mingling together in the huge top modern Cape Town International Conference Centre CTICC, listening to brilliant speakers and some not so brilliant, enjoying excellent musicians, dancers, actors and meeting new and interesting people in a seemingly never ending flow.

One of the most powerful testimonies so far has been the story told by Mrs Little, the widow of one of the ten Christians brutally killed in Afghanistan in August. The indescribable pain of the loss was powerfully combined with a love for the Afghani people and the gospel of Christ. Only by the grace of Jesus Christ a person can gain such a fully integrated faith. She reminded me about what it means to be a follower of Christ, her story made it clear how sweet and valuable the gospel is and how wonderful it is to be a child of God. Her exposition of the Nuristani goat cheese as metaphor of the gospel will stay in my thoughts for a very long time.

I am indeed priviledged belonging to Jesus Christ.


Lausanne III, blogging in English

I’ve been asked to start blogging in English. I’m not sure I’m going to make it, but I thought it could be a good idea to start while being here in Cape Town for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation.

Until now I’ve just spent my time sightseeing in the Cape area. What a wonderful Creator we’ve got that is willing to pour out such beauty on us. Standing on the top of the Table Mountain looking down on the West Cape I was reminded by my Congolese brother what a great God we have. ”He made all this!” he said over and over again. That’s good reminder for me who too often take the wonders of the creation so much for granted. But my Congolese brother is indeed right, God made all this. The third person of my mountain expedition was an American. He filled in with a short summarised exposition on Psalm 8: this is for the glory of His name. Indeed it is for the glory of his name, but I also think it is a sign of how much God loves us. He made all this for us to enjoy.

Someone said that the first (and the only?) question we will be asked by God when we enter into heaven will be: Did you enjoy my creation? Thoughtprovoking as that is I was really struck by it today on top of that mountain. The beauty of creation should fill me with awe for the greatness and glory of our God, as well as joy over his love to me.