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The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization is currently happening in Cape Town (16-25 Oct 2010). Our man on the spot, Iwan Russell Jones, is blogging for us from inside the congress with news and comment. Check back here each day for new posts.

Lausanne is held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance. The 2010 congress has brought together some 4,000 leaders from 198 countries for dialogue and action on the critical issues of today, including world faiths, poverty, HIV/AIDS and persecution.

Lausanne is also running a virtual congress with video clips and other resources. There's also a Twitter feed and Facebook page.

The missing lunch boxes

Posted by Iwan Russell Jones on 24 October 2010, 15:30

SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER – The logistics of this huge conference are staggering – 4,000 people all tumbling out of the main hall at the same time to visit the loo, make their way around the convention centre, get fed, etc. And it seems to have gone remarkably well.

But today I arrived at the food counter to discover that the lunch boxes had all gone. A few other people were in the same predicament, and we rushed off to find another counter on the first floor. Nothing doing there either. Try the next staircase along, the caterer advised. We did. No joy.

‘This is serious!’ said the guy who’d been dashing along the concourse with me, as we headed to the next possible feeding point.

I found out that his name was Stephen, that he was from Nigeria and that he wasn’t keen on missing lunch. But at the next table, still no lunch box. ‘This is desperate!’ said Stephen, and we moved swiftly along.

I discovered that his organisation has 1,200 Nigerian missionaries working in their own country and throughout West Africa.

Finally, at the far end of the building we found what we were looking for. ‘Thanks be to God,’ Stephen said. Indeed. Before we parted ways he also expressed gratitude for the work of Western missionaries in his country, and real satisfaction that Nigeria itself is now a missionary sending country.

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Iwan Russell-Jones is a TV producer based in Cardiff.
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