The service kicked off with instruments and voices
from all over the world being lifted in worship unto God. Many
cultures, but one hope. Many cultures, but one God.
During the offering, Paul Mooney, Norm Paslay,
Wayne Francis and others teamed up to lead us in giving.
These three men read through scores of names of churches in just
a matter of minutes who had already pledged to give. They
called these churches "first responders". From these first
responders, over half of the missionaries were sent from the
Conference back to the field.
Not too long after this, the rest of the
Conference responded and was successful in sending all 12
missionaries presented to the field. But not just the 12
presented. The response was so great, that two (2) more
missionary families were sent from the Conference to the field.
During the offering, Foreign Missions raised
approximately $500,000 to fund crusades all over the world.
Steve Willoughby preached "The Culture of Christ."
The culture of Christ breaks all the barriers. It is a
culture of prayer, worship, and giving.
Just when we thought the giving was over, brothers
and sisters responded from all over the arena with another wave
of giving. In what was described as a sovereign move of
God, Steve Willoughby began calling for apostolic giving.
One by one, they lined up at the altar to give.
Some are selling their trucks. Some are
selling their timeshares. Some giving from the proceeds of
their homes. Insurance policies. Savings accounts.
Some taking the money from other projects and giving to Foreign
As of this writing on Sunday, October 1, Foreign Missions has reported
a total giving of $2.4 million.
God moved on men. Some came to the
Conference. Some called into the Conference. But all