Written by Colin Piper, Scotland
Perhaps 25 years ago I visited a Young Life team working near Washington DC. I was joining them on a weekend youth camp up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and on the Friday morning of the day we were to leave, we all gathered to pray. The leader asked for prayer requests, and a voice came from the other side of the room:
“Pray for a van to get my kids to camp”
Then a voice near me shouted across the room:
“You can have my van.”
There was silence for a moment and then the voice the other side of the room responded:
“How then will you get your kids to camp.”
This time there was no delay, as the guy near me replied:
“Don’t worry, I’ll figure it out.”
And that was it. Most people have almost certainly forgotten the exchange. Why should they remember it? But I did. That exchange has shaped my ministry ever since. The guy who didn’t just pray but took on himself the needs of his friend, (or perhaps total stranger come to that), got me thinking. What if every minister and ministry in every context, big or small, responded like that? What if we each preferred one another in love, and as Paul puts it in Philippians 2 looked not only to our own interests but also the interests of others? How different youth ministry would look!
It would be like heaven: a community of giving where all ministries and ministers give all they have to their fellow workers around them, safe in the knowledge that the others have their backs. And not like hell, where we compete, grab for ourselves and live in fear of our friends.
That is Converge: Preferring one another in love, with the same attitude of our Saviour, Christ Jesus. Read James’ testimony in Ghana and you’ll see what a powerful difference it makes.