here are some of the folks i got to see/meet at nao8...
i got to see Stephen Altrogge
again. we roomed together at Nao4. because of the fast-paced nature of the conference, we hardly got to hang out or talk back then (though he did sign my guitar=). it was good to see him again and chat with him for a bit. Stephen is a VERY gifted and humble man (which is why you'll never hear from him how gifted he is). he is an excellent song-writer
, worship leader, and author
. a most inspiring thing about him is that he uses all of these God-given strengths to serve his local church
. though he could easily "take to the road" as many gifted Christian artists/musicians do, Stephen has chosen to see his primary service and ministry to one
local church as the most important thing he can do to obey and glorify God. that takes A LOT of humility and honesty
. thanks Stephen for your example and friendship!
sandi and i got to meet Jared Mellinger. he was our community group leader. about three weeks ago, CB (our pastor) encouraged me and my good friend Damien to listen to a message explaining that Jared was going to be replacing Dave Harvey
as the Senior Pastor of Covenant Fellowship Church
, in Glen Mills, PA. you can listen to Jared speak about how he came to place his faith and trust in Jesus here
i also got to introduce sandi to Matt and Julie. i met matt and julie in 2001 when i attended Crossway Community Church
in Langley, BC (Canada). we just "bumped" into one another in the midst of 3,700 people! it was an instant reunion. it was great to catch up with them and see where God taken them...both spiritually and geographically. Matt and Julie are now in Greenville, SC...serving the people pastorally at a sovereign grace church
there. Great to see you, Matt and Julie!!