March 30, 2008 — I am thanking God today for his blessings received in Tulsa, Oklahoma this past week at the Tulsa International Soul-Winning Workshop (ISWW), where from Wednesday evening through Saturday noon I was privileged to meet dozens of gracEmail subscribers from across the USA and elsewhere, to hear powerful, Christ-minded speakers such as Terry Rush, Don McLaughlin and Randy Harris, to worship with the Zoe Group singers and to share three well-received presentations from my own heart concerning “The Sound of His Voice: Discovering the Secrets of God’s Guidance.”
This was the 33rd year for the ISWW which, with 8,000-10,000 attendees from 50 states and 25 other countries, is one of the largest annual gatherings of believers from Churches of Christ in the world. Now overseen by Memorial Drive Church (Tulsa) and ably directed by Terry Rush, a modest leader overflowing with Jesus’ heart for others, the ISWW takes place at Expo Square (Tulsa Fair Grounds) and includes a massive building where 300 exhibitors feature national and world missions, Christian books and a wide variety of other ministries and products.
A real highlight for me was meeting and conversing with so many of you who regularly read gracEmail, my silent partners in this often-one-way conversation. (How can I convince you to make it two-way? Just click “Reply” with any gracEmail and it happens.) I cannot tell you how very much your kind words warmed my heart and recharged my spirit! I owe special thanks to Wineskins Editor Greg Taylor, Jerry Ishmael (both from Tulsa), Ray and Paula Willcox (Florida), Russ & Sherry McNalty (Illinois), Brad and Gail Carman (Mississippi) and Vickie Lee (Tulsa) for meal-time hospitality, transportation and extended periods of fellowship and encouragement.
My three talks are among 85 presentations by 30 different speakers this year, all available on CD from Workshop Multimedia here (or go to www.workshopmultimedia.com).