Well, what a weekend we had together at SURRENDER 16 in Melbourne! It was profoundly moving and inspiring to see so many diverse voices come together to lift up Christ’s call to Love God, Love Neighbour, and Love Enemy. In spite of a torrential downpour on the first day (it is SURRENDER in Belgrave after all) the weekend was full to overflowing with passionate Jesus followers learning from one another and sharing stories of hope, justice, and mission.
Our international guests were blown away by the witness to the upside down kingdom of God that our gathering was. David Gungor from The Brilliance said he was in tears as he witnessed the inclusivity and dignity given to so many voices that would tragically be ignored and marginalised so often in wider society. He simply said, "It’s the most truly Christian thing I have ever seen."
Another real highlight for me was seeing the way so many Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners who are seeking to live the way of Jesus out incarnationally in neighbourhoods and communities right across Australia just encourage and sustain one another on the journey – and join their voices to call the next generation to live love!
Thanks so much again to everyone who came and to everyone who was part of making it happen! Our prayer is that the flame that we shared together over the weekend is carried into all the dark and broken places of our neighbourhoods and nation in a way that brings that alternative kingdom story to life in greater and greater ways.
Lord hear our prayer.