Collin Lambert, Vice President of Moody radio, Chicago, shared some interesting thoughts on forgiveness to set day three of the Global Partners Training in motion. He stated that forgiveness is not natural to us as human. It is not optional, not cheap and not negotiable. But it is possible with God’s help. With these words, the gathering was dispersed to commence training.
It was refreshing to see participants engaging each other in friendly discussions as they strolled to their various halls. The gaps of age, color, race, and language that were evident in the opening days have gradually given way to a more familiar and less tensed atmosphere. The sessions thus progressed in a more congenial sense.
Jon Gauger, a veteran with Moody thrilled his class with his excellent exposition on improving media writing. “Re-read it, rework it, revise it” Jon echoed to his participants. He challenged them to ask tough questions about their writings. Is it compelling enough? How could I say this in a way that feels fresh and unpredictable? Could it be simpler and more appealing? At the end of that session participants practiced their own writing and Jon applauded the depth of creativity displayed.
A rather subtle tension emerged from the discussions that followed Bruce Everhart’s (Vice president of Moody Training Institute) presentation on how to harness emerging technology. Participants were divided in their view of the impact of technology. Some participants assumed a hostile approach towards emerging technology. They admitted to its use but recognized its adverse effect on their communities. People are becoming less friendly because they are preoccupied by their “digital time,” one participant noted. A female participant showed how technology is dipping her communication with her husband. She said “even in our bedroom, he is on his iPad and I am on mine.” Bruce responded that these fears are similar to those in the United States where the statistics are even scarier. He acknowledge the huge impact of technology on economic and social growth but cautioned a balanced approach to its use.
It was all fun and laughter during the final sessions of the evening. Continuing his exposition on Ruth, Dr. Neely exposed the audience to Naomi’s risky plans to make her daughter in-law woo Boaz. He challenged the audience not to fear calculated risks. Showing through God’s word how Ruth seized the opportunity she had with Boaz, Dr. Neely urged the participants to rise above the fear of rejection and “Seize the moment” even at the training and beyond.
To draw the curtains on the day, Jon Gauger addressed the audience on how to get ideas, in a way that got everyone laughing throughout the super session. From the very funny stories he told and the wild examples he shared, it appeared Jon was born with ideas. He however told the gathering that everyone could come up with equally great ideas and he showed them how to do that.