It was a very cold early February weekend 36 years ago (1980) that 500 other Penn State students and I were exposed to a fresh-to-us biblical understanding that our God is a global God and He desires and deserves to be worshiped by all nations. The information we received during that Student Conference on World Evangelization and the subsequent “Perspectives” class changed the course of our lives. Every major decision I have made in my life has been influenced by the understanding of the biblical meta-narrative that we learned.
Last evening was also very cold in State College. Nancy and I were there because the current Perspectives course coordinator, Julie McEIfish (pictured with Nancy and me above) had invited me to teach Lesson 2, The Story of His Glory. Julie was a fellow PSU student back in the early 80s.
I have taught this material numerous times in other places, but what an honor and privilege it was to teach at the current PSU course! I had to fight back emotions as I waited to be introduced to the students.
There have been many successes and failures, victories and defeats during the past 36 years. Somehow, today I am freshly feeling all of them. After our Perspectives course finished in the spring of 1980, dozens of us set out to complete world evangelization in our lifetime. By God’s grace, we have made progress, but we have not fully succeeded. Because of that, we continue to press on, hoping to be able to report as Jesus did in John 17, “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”