David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands." 1 Samuel 17:45-47
This scripture was the theme of this year's ICMC (International Campus Ministry Conference). In the past, one conference was held in one city each year with the focus of building strong ministries and inspiring campus students. This year conferences were held in 20 cities around the globe and Santiago had the privilege of being the host of the conference for South America.
After months of planning, the weekend finally arrived and God did miracles. Eighteen students from outside Chile joined with our ministry here for a weekend full of classes and fellowship. Altogether, seven different nations were represented from North, Central and South America. Truly it was an international conference.
Friday started with the class "Todo el mundo sabrá (The whole world will know). We saw how God's vision from Genesis to Revelation has always been for people of all nations to know him. Then we went out to five different campus to invite students to the class in the evening by Dr. John Oakes.
With only a week of inviting, God brought over 110 people to hear the class entitled "Evidence: God and Science". Dr. Oakes shared from his over 20 years of experience as a chemistry and physics professor with us about how numerous scientific findings support the Bible and show it to be a credible document that deserves further study.
Saturday was the marathon day of fellowship. In the morning we went up to the top of the San Cristobal hill in the center of Santiago and had a devotional with John Oakes. Later we had a barbecue in one of the picnic areas on the hill. In the evening we participated in Dr. Oakes' class entitled "The Bible: From Men or From God". After the class we went to the house of a family in the church and spent the rest of the night in fellowship, eating and dancing.
Sunday brought the conference to a close with two powerful classes by John Oakes about Church History and the book of Daniel. After eating lunch and a few closing comments, it was time to say goodbye. As we left, it was obvious that God had been working in our midst: friendships had been formed, convictions strengthened and dreams renewed.