Thousands of women and I attended the Hillsong Colour Conference this past week in Cape Town, South Africa. God certainly did spectacular things there and exceeded all expectations. But what truly made my heart sour was nothing related to the production, world-class speakers, or epic and memorable moments from the stage.
This was my seventh Colour conference to attend, and as usual I had the beautiful privilege of hosting women from Ocean View for the stunning event. Since it is a world-class conference it would be something out of reach for most of the families of Ocean View that support themselves and so many other around them. Year after year, Hillsong Church has graciously sponsored a group from Ocean View so they woudn't miss out on the appointment with God. Not only does Hillsong help sponsor our tickets, but they also provide transport, welcome the ladies as if they were royalty, and feed and personally host us throughout the entire conference. They truly go above and beyond and it makes us feel like the most exclusive guests at the conference.
During one of the sessions where we were hearing about the incredible and inspiring work of people around the world for the kingdom of God, I sat listening with my Ocean View sisters and was overcome with emotion. I don't have to travel around the world to see brave and sacrificial work done by the people of God, I only need to look to my sisters in Ocean View. These women serve and love in ways that I could never imagine and each have a story of life in Christ that moves me. They inspire me greatly and I found myself deeply grateful for their time at the conference to be refreshed and renewed for what God had for them to do in their lives.
What an honor to be a part of a church that truly considers others and shares what God has given us to those outside. They love and care for the Ocean View community and I count it as such a privilege to help host these stunning ladies. May we NEVER neglect doing good!
“Do not neglect to do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
-Hebrews 13:16 ESV