"Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest." John 4:35
Dad, Jonathan, and I have returned from attending the White Unto Harvest conference in Asheville, NC this past weekend.
The Ridgecrest conference center was bright with fall colors and bustling with families from around the country and world who came to gain a deeper understanding of the good news of Jesus Christ and to become equipped to share it with others.
The opening keynote session was an excellent exposition of Scripture by Scott Brown, where he explained the Great Commission as found in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
One of the 35+ workshop choices during the weekend was given by Mr. Paul Robie from Utah. He spoke on ways to converse with Mormons, especially by sharing the difference between their view of Christ and the truth of God's Word.
Evangelism and the Power of the Family Table by father and son team, Jim and Taylor Tsantles, was another effective presentation we heard, with a look at 1 Kings 10 where the Queen of Sheba visits Solomon, is amazed, and blesses God for what He had done for Solomon.
Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? ~Proverbs 24:11-12
We found time one busy afternoon to call home and see how the other half of the family was doing! Thankfully, Dad's vacation did not have to be canceled because of the looming storm preparations.
The hospitable Hayden family invited us for a spaghetti lunch in their lodgings on the final day of the conference. It was good catching up with them before hurrying back to the next session by Paul Washer.
There was a closing panel discussion on several Biblical considerations for missions. It included Jesse Saint, the grandson of Nate Saint, who was one of the 5 famous missionaries killed in Ecuador.
The night the conference was over, there were rumors of an impromptu hymn singing in one of the upper rooms, so we joined in for awhile. Many people gathered around a piano, some with other instruments, and we sang until we were hoarse!
We were glad to be able to attend this important weekend and hope to apply what we gathered.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation." ~Revelation 5:9