Wendy Virgo’s blog about her recent time with her husband, Bob Roberts, and some other key Christian leaders is well worth a read, here is an extract:
A few days ago I was travelling in a van with a bishop from Mombasa, a church leader from Cote d’Ivoire, a Christian Palestinian, a converted Muslim now church planter from Bangladesh, an Indian pastor from Tamil Nadu among others. The people in that car represented about 3 million Christians around the world.
What on earth do such giants talk about? Food; family; language. There was a lot of laughter, tentative questions finding out a little about each other: in fact, the sort of inconsequential conversation that a diverse group might make anywhere in the world. (How many children do you have? What do you like to eat?) These global leaders were drawn together by Bob Roberts, a Texan church planter from Dallas with a huge heart for mission, and it was a massive privilege to rub shoulders with them and for Terry to preach to them and a number of gathered church planters from across the USA . . .
Some live in danger of their lives; one had his house burned down; some had planted churches of tens of thousands; all had remarkable stories of how the love of Jesus had reached them and transformed their lives. As they shared from the platform we heard moving testimonies, wise comments, and carefully worded opinions all delivered with humility and dignity. We were amazed by Dion Robert’s story of how his church has grown to 40,000 and his movement to 200,000; moved by Daniel’s search for truth in Vietnam; and not unsympathetic to Kenyan Joseph who refused to be confined to the required 20 mins and preached superbly on prayer for 55mins!
Terry and I were especially honoured to have lunch with Eddy and his wife Rosa from Jakarta in Indonesia. Eddy, embracing and utilizing all the Ephesians 4 ministries, has grown a massive cell church, in that vast city