Last week at the San Antonio del Mar campus we had our International Love Your Neighbor Conference. Speakers from all over the world came to our base to discuss how we can impact our local community and see transformation take place in the nations. The conference was attended by our staff, students, and leaders from other YWAM bases.
Each morning we began with worship followed by a teaching. Our speakers taught on a variety of topics including Homes of Hope, crisis response, human trafficking, water technologies, and food security. In the afternoons we broke up into several groups for sessions on more specific topics. The topics for these smaller sessions ranged from “Planting kingdom fellowships” to “Business as missions.”
Because of the diversity of our discussions, we learned how to be missionaries in any sphere of society. We learned to start with how we see the individual, by having God’s compassion and recognizing the value in every person. One key point was that when we realize we were all created in God’s image, we are able to love each other better. When we stop thinking of the poor as a problem that needs to be fixed, but instead as a treasure, we can love them better.
During one of our meetings we studied the Parable of the Good Samaritan together and learned that our “neighbor” is not limited to our geographic location. The parable taught us that in order to be a neighbor to someone we have to be one who shows them mercy. We discussed what it really means to love and applied that truth to the context of communities.
On the last day of the conference we had a time of intercession for the 10/40 window. The 10/40 window is the area on the map between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. It includes North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The majority of the world’s least evangelized people groups live in this area. Many of the people who came left with a desire in their hearts to see change in this part of the world.
YWAM San Diego/Baja would like to thank the speakers who blessed us with their wisdom last week- Christine Colby, Dr. Lindy Backues, Kevin Sutter, Giacomo Coghi, Terry Snow, Kent Truehl, and Sean Lambert. Also, thank you to everyone who attended the conference. We hope it was a refreshing time of renewed vision for each of your personal ministries!