in Amsterdam right now on the way back from Greece marveling at what I have
witnessed over the past two weeks. I had
the great privilege of attending a luncheon in Athens last week with leaders
from the Greek and Ethnic evangelical churches.
It was the first time they had gotten together.
I think there were at least 15
countries represented. Philemon Yong, who works with TLI, preached from
Ephesians 4 on the issue of unity. We then had a time of prayer where the
Greek Church prayed for the Ethnic Church and then vice versa. I wish I could have taken a picture, but we
were participating!! Philemon also preached at the flagship evangelical church
in Greece and it was the first time an African had done so. This was timely as Greece is facing and
immigration crisis and they do not know what to do. Just this week in Athens 15 non-Greeks were killed.
Later in the week two people from
our team studied 2 Timothy with pastors from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and
Pakistan. They had a wonderful time
together. Can you imagine any other
scenario where men from these countries would get together with Americans and
actually be bonded together with a real love for each other?
Christ changes things!
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.