Friday, November 12
"There were many key pastors from Buenos Aires city but there was one person in particular, the Intendente (Mayor) of Adrogué County, who was invited to be present for the first session (Bill´s Holy Discontent), he agreed to go and for that session only. During the break after the first session, pastor Lorenzo (senior pastor of the hosting church for the GLS) found the mayor in the men´s restroom crying. Needless to say, he stayed for the rest of the day! Not only that but on the second day of the GLS, when Bill Hybels gave a LIVE message, we spotted that same mayor in the first row with his wife and daughter plus 2 more officials from the city hall!!" - Guest from GLS, Argentina
"The Shanghai team has been extremely busy these past couple of days getting ready for our GLS. Huge praises as we have found a facility and our registration numbers have grown to 455 to date. This is more than double our registration from last year! Praises! We have 12 International Pastors attending this Summit from Suzhou, Nanjing, Xiamen, Hangzhou and of course Shanghai! In addition to the registration, there is a buzz going around this city and we have been contacted by local papers wanting to write an article about the Summit. God is simply awesome!" - Member of Planning Team for GLS, Shanghai
The second day attendance was over 550. We had to refuse more registrations because the hall was crowded. The 2nd day, the National Television and Press people were present for reporting. Here are some of the impressive testimonies of the GLS in Togo:
Mister D'Almeida, who teaches English at Lome University made this comment: "After listening to Bill Hybels on the topic, From Here to There, my eyes opened and only that message was enough for me."
During the break on Friday, there are groups of campus student leaders who were also making comments on the same topic. According to them, it has been eye opening. Pastor Azianvi Francis, one of the leading charismatic church founders said about James Meeks's topic, The Enemy of Growing Church: “By next year, I'll insure that that in every big city in Togo there is a church planted."
"Thanks very much for all your prayers. God moved in our GLS, He filled the CCF sanctuary with his Holy Spirit. There were 3,136 attendees (Alabang stat is not yet included) from the government, business, non-government organizations, and various churches. The number of 2010 GLS DVDs sold was 657, the highest so far." - Member of Planning Team for GLS, Philippines
"I would like to extend a huge thank - you to all parties concerned. The Summit has been an inspiration to myself personally and to our leadership team here at NSC – Norwegian Settlers Church. For many years now, God has used your faithfulness to impact our church in a number of ways: We have seen huge levels of motivation towards fulfilling His purposes. Incredible personal growth and team growth. A constant reminder why we do what we do. Fresh ideas and useful tools to accomplish what God has called us to do. A sense of not being alone in our quest, but rather being a part of a bigger team." - Member of Planning Team for GLS, South Africa