by Anna Kim
The 33 exhausted members of HOPE church resembled a caravan of refugees as they piled out of the 5 minivans they had driven across over 1000 miles. These weary travelers were en route for nearly 20 hours (one way!), not to vacation nor rest, but for a purpose far greater: to meet Jesus.
The OneThing conference in Kansas City spanned 4 days, ones filled with worship, messages about King Jesus and His return, countless fast food meals, but most of all the presence of the One we love and went to seek. The group left Sunday afternoon after service, and returned Friday afternoon, making it the longest of the six years that members of our church have traveled to attend the conference. The heart of the event, run by the International House of Prayer, is to call a generation into lifestyles of radical Christianity, particularly in the area of prayer, to prepare them to usher in the second coming of Christ.
For different ones of us who attended, the significance of the trip varied. Many were awakened and stirred into new love and passion for Jesus. Others made commitments to a lifestyle of prayer, fasting, and whole-hearted living. Some simply enjoyed the blessing of worshipping with 17,000 other believers from around the world. Was the week exhausting? Definitely. Many drove hours-long shifts, sometimes through the night, in order to get the group to and from the conference. Days were comprised of back-to-back services. However, if asked if it was worth it, all would give a resounding, "Yes!" The chance to encounter God, to see His face and know His heart, is always worth it all.