July 24, 2005
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you;
and you will be my witnesses…throughout this land,
to the south, across the Pacific and over the Atlantic, and unto the ends of the earth.
With these sending words, the delegates, visitors and guests of the Tenth Biennial Convention departed from the room that had served as their meeting place and now had been transformed into their place of worship for their last hours together. As each returns to their place, they take with them the challenge of being a church that is in mission for others.
The work of convention over, their work as church begins again. The convention message calls us as church out into the world as faithful witness, to bring the good news by our presence and our lives to those who need it most.