Just a month ago, we just hosted our annual B4T Expo in Austin, TX. It was a fantastic time of gathering people from around the USA and introducing them to our network via 14 B4Ters who flew in from 10 countries. We focused on re-integrating our lives from the artificial sacred/secular divide that has plagued us for so long so that we could be re-activated to take a more front seat role in the restoration of His Kingdom on earth.
At the church leaders roundtable, we discussed various issues surrounding the taking care of those who are sent out, the identity issues they face amongst those who haven’t yet heard, and how to build a culture in their churches where people feel their gifts are celebrated and utilized right where they are.
We spent time in the main sessions diving into the major changes in the world over the past several hundred years and how those changes affect the way we view God’s expanding Kingdom amongst those who haven’t heard. We talked about work from a Hebrew point of view and what it means that we are created in the image of God. Then the B4Ters took center stage and shared what HE is doing around the world, and HE was glorified and exalted. Friends of OPEN then shared about how the King views economics in His kingdom differently than the enemy does in his kingdom, and how that should affect the way we view our resources as His.
B4T Expos are a lot of fun and are an excellent source of networking for those who want to use their gifts to be involved in God’s global Kingdom restoration. We at OPEN USA want to encourage you to keep in touch with us and consider attending next year (we hope announce time and place very soon). Until then, let us know who you are and start a conversation with us by going to www.openusa.net and clicking, “Begin Here.” We would love to hear from you!
Greg is the President of OPEN USA. He used his education to work as a tentmaker in the Middle East for 8.5 years seeking to plant a church amongst a least-reached people group. Currently back in the USA with his wife and children, they aim to return to finish what the LORD used them to start.
To learn more about B4T, read Business for Transformation by Patrick Lai.