October 2010 - Vol. 43
Disciples on missionYoung people from the Ibero-American Region of the Sword of the Spirit gather every five years for a five-day Kairos Conference. This past August, more than 600 young people, ages 16 to 25, gathered in Quito, Ecuador.
How can I summarize five days of a powerful manifestation of grace from the Lord at the Kairos Conference 2010 held in Quito, Ecuador this past August 4-8? I find it challenging to put into a few words the experience of six hundred young people who travelled from twelve different countries to seek the Lord together and be strengthened in our call as disciples on mission in the Sword of the Spirit.
This had been the most anticipated event for the past five years since the previous conference in Nicaragua (Montelimar 2005). The conference theme this year was taken from the book of Revelation: “Be faithful unto death: and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelations 2:10).
Embrace the call
for 40 years in community
United in prayer
During the conference we had many opportunities to meet in small groups and informally with one another. We got to meet with many brothers and sisters from all around the world – from Miami to Guayaquil, from Lebanon to Mexicali, from Portugal to the Dominican Republic – and to see how the Lord is working powerfully in their lives and calling them to serve in mission. Most of the conference participants are deeply involved in outreach and youth work in our local communities. We experienced the Lord giving us new strength and grace to keep carrying out our mission.
Several young people from Brazil and El Salvador also attended the conference – people who were interested in seeing what the Lord is doing in the Sword of the Spirit communities and outreach work. They are now very enthusiastic to take back to their home countries what they have seen and learned here, especially the call to live as a community of disciples on mission and to build a bulwark for promoting mission and for defending the gospel in environments where it is being undermined or is under attack from anti-Christian forces.
Hold nothing back
[Miguel Vargas is an underway
member of the Jesed Community in Monterrey, Mexico. He has been actively
involved in youth ministry and is currently living in Monterrey, Mexico
as an affiliate of the Servants
of the Word. He majored in classical philology and graduated from the
University of Costa Rica in December 2008.]
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