Monte’s trip to SPS Mtg – Mar 2015 (Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida, USA)
Through the Spirit of Jesus who proclaims the healing of God to all creation—grace, peace, and joy be yours in increasing fullness! This is my prayer for you, as we journey through this Advent season, and into the coming new year of Christ’s Epiphany.
I am scheduled to present a paper at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies (SPS). The 12-14 March 2015 meeting will be held at at Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida, USA. The conference theme is, “Global Spirit: Pentecostals and the World.” You can learn more about this by visiting the SPS website ( http://www.sps-usa.org ). My presentation will be delivered in one of the Ecumenical Interest Group sessions.
It is an honour for which I thank God for granting me this opportunity to link my local setting to important conversations occurring amongst this international fellowship of ministry leaders and scholars, on current and emerging challenges facing global Pentecostalism. This will be my fourth SPS trip which the Lord has graciously enabled me to participate in since 2012. When I received word on 9 August this year that my proposal was accepted, my wife Jee Fong and I prayed, and discerned that for reasons God knows best— He is again orchestrating my involvement in this platform.
My presentation is titled, “Translating Pentecost into Salvation Praxes: The Soteriological Praxis of Gift Sharing through Encounters with Otherness.” In simpler terms, here is what my presentation shall be about. Within the context of 21st century globalization trends, I will discuss the important role of relationship building with people very different from us (“otherness”), in the Spirit’s formation of Christ-like people.
WHAT IS LACKING HOWEVER, and what we are praying for is: God’s provision for: Airfare, and hotel accommodations. The greater challenge lies in airfare, given that the cost escalates as the departure date draws near. Therefore, it would be best to be able to purchase airfare now within this month of December 2014.
Once, I raise sufficient funds to immediately secure airfare along with accommodation expenses, I will close this fundraising effort. Thanks to the help of some Brothers and Sisters, I have already paid for all conference fees and meal expenses.
I am therefore seeking your prayerful involvement, in however God prompts you— towards bringing this trip to pass.
Yours for the upbuilding of the Church,
The coming Kingdom, And the greater glory of God
Lord of the harvest,
For the worldwide blooming of faith, hope and love—
Make us peace-makers.