Two or three years ago, the senior pastor at my church, told the congregation about a vision God had given him on ways to address seven world crises. All of these crises interact with each other. For instance, poverty and hunger cause people to do desperate things, including giving their children to strangers who promise to get them work in another country when what they really are doing is selling them into human trafficking. The vision on ways to address these issues has since been named RE:FORM.
The seven world crises as defined by RE:FORM are:
- Immoral and Corrupt Leadership
- Confusion and Spiritual Deadness
- Environmental Decline
- World Hunger
- Human Injustice
- Illiteracy and Lack of Education
- Poor Health and Disease
This year the RE:FORM conference is being held in Baltimore, and I have felt God nudging me to go. Each year, the conference will add another of the crises listed above. This year, the conference is addressing three: Environmental Decline, Human Injustice, and Confusion and Spiritual Deadness. I haven’t a clue what God wants me to take away from this conference. Will it be more active involvement locally or elsewhere? Will it become a book? Perhaps both? I don’t know. Anyway, my reservations are made and I’m looking forward with expectation to discovering whatever follows.
This morning, I began another Beth Moore Bible study. I have thoroughly enjoyed all five of the previous studies of hers that I’ve completed since 2002/2003 and so decided to plunge back into one. Since my word(s) for 2009 that God gave me at the start of the year are Press in/Press on (press in to Jesus; press on in faith), I decided to do the Jesus, the One and Only study. I like the idea of spending several months immersed, mind and heart, in the life of Jesus. I can already tell that I’m going to thoroughly enjoy the coming weeks.
I am racing to meet the deadline with my final book in The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series. I may be officially certifiable by the time I’m done with it. So many words yet to write. But at least I can say that I’m thoroughly enjoying writing this couple’s story.
And now it is time I set to work.