Saturday, October 10, 2009


Where do I start.
I have had an intense couple of days.
Inspiring days.

So many things stand out, and maybe the top two in my mind were not the big name speakers.
The one thing I will never forget is this:
A man named Jimmy from Kenya walked onto the stage to tell his story. He lived in the streets of a slum as a child and when he was 8 years old someone from Compassion International found him and he got a sponser ($38 a month). On stage he pulled out the first letter his sponser ever wrote him, the letter was 20 years old. He read a simple letter that said, "Hi, I'm Mark. I'm a 20 year old college student and I want to spread the love of Christ and I want you to know He loves you"
Jimmy said his sponser changed his life. Jimmy is now 28, and is attending Bible college so that he can go back to Kenya to share the Gospel with others. He made it very clear that his life would not have been the same had he not been sponsered by this man. The man interviewing Jimmy asked if he had ever gotten the chance to meet his sponser, Jimmy said no, and his face displayed a look of COMPLETE shock. The interviewer then asked if he would like to meet him. Jimmy was unable to speak, and the interviewer called Mark onto the stage. The time it took Mark to get to Jimmy seemed like forever and then they just hugged for so long. The entire crowd of 13,000 people rose to their feet and burst into applause. Jimmy began to cry so loudly they had to turn his microphone off. I could hardly control myself, I'm not sure if I've ever witnessed anything that touched me the way that did. The thankfulness and love was tangible. Words cannot describe.

The next was this guy. His performance was simply captivating and I'm not even sure why... It may have been the way he talked about his wife that got me, I'm kind of a sucker for that stuff, and anyway, I just immediately wanted to be friends with Zach and Stacy Williams.

Names that Fell from Zach Williams on Vimeo.

I'm sure I'll have more about catalyst to talk about, but this is probably enough for now.

Also check out Wes' blog for more details about catalyst.

1 comment:

Bec said...

Jess! Thank you so much for sharing this story. I just decided to sponsor a child through Compassion (his name is Linder from Peru), and it's so encouraging to hear this story! I know that must have been a very moving experience. I am so glad you were able to witness it! :)

I love you, and I can't wait to hear more about catalyst/life in general. You are beautiful. :)