Attending !gnite Conference with HMCC of Jakarta last year was a unique experience for me, especially because I had no idea of what to expect. We gathered together for !gnite at one of our church brother’s apartment. The room wasn’t that big but the people who came showed much excitement to meet other HMCC members from around the world and were hungry to learn about God’s word as well. As we started worshipping together with people in Ann Arbor and in other sites, it looked like we were singing karaoke because we were watching the conference on a projector screen. However, this didn’t hinder us to meet God and experience His presence, even with the unstable internet connection!
One thing that stood out the most from !gnite 2011 was when Pastor Jimmy spoke about a movement. He said something along the lines of, “In a movement, everybody needs to contribute. If we don’t, there will be no domino effect.” In order to create a domino effect, there must be contact between the dominoes. I’m excited with the vision and mission of our church and with what God is doing in the other sites. But here in Indonesia, language is one of the barriers that limits this chain reaction. As one of the nationals here who speak Indonesian, this challenged me to step up by taking more responsibility in reaching out to both international students and other Indonesian students in UPH. I also want to get more involved with what God is doing here in Indonesia through prayer and missions projects.
I’m so excited with this upcoming !gnite. We have a lot more students than last year so when God starts changing their hearts, I can’t imagine what will happen afterwards!