Pack Hope in Your Suitcase This Summer

Kim Ransleben | June 5, 2015

I could hear the speakers begin inside the main hall, teaching nearly 6,000 men and women who had gathered for TGC’s 2015 National Conference. Though I was deeply edified by the speakers inside the conference hall, there was no place I would have rather been than standing just outside because of conversations like the one I had with a young man from South America.

I remembered seeing him pass by a few times during the Spanish pre-conference. He lingered now for a while, flipping through the pages of one of the six titles of the Spanish Pastor’s Book Set for which we were hoping to raise funds. Finally, he picked up a completed bundle and quietly asked in Spanish, “How much is this?” It was a great feeling to simply say back to him, “Thanks to the generosity of the people here, they are free if you will carry them for us overseas.” As my words were in English, he hesitated to believe he had heard me correctly. I called over one of our volunteers who spoke fluent Spanish and asked him to help. By the end of that exchange, this brother in Christ had a heart filled with encouragement and hands filled with books…

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