Dear Pastor Hybels, You don’t know me, but I was there that May evening in 1998 when you addressed us as church leaders at one of your conferences. I heard your heart on how the local church is the hope of the world. As tears streamed down your face, they also made their way down mine. I listened as you talked about developing your volunteers and encouraging them. I was blown away when you said, “You will never lock eyes with someone who doesn’t matter wholeheartedly to God.” I remember, Pastor. I remember your words well. Since that time over ten years ago, we’ve seen some simply amazing things happen. Teenagers who changed their lives around to follow hard after Christ. Men and women who have been encouraged to go the long haul in their marriage despite the circumstances. Seeing those far from God have an encounter with the Creator of the universe only to have their eternities changed forever. But quite possibly the biggest transformation has been in us. In our lives and therefore, in the lives of our sons. We are different. We are changed. And we are forever grateful to you for sharing those words that cool May evening to a room full of wide-eyed dreamers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Cindy BeallIs there someone who has been instrumental in your spiritual growth? I’d love to hear about him or her.
Several days ago I had the honor of being in a room with a certain man. A large room, mind you, but still the same room, thankyousokindly. Our pastor
begged invited him to come speak to us, the staff and spouses of LifeChurch.tv, at our annual event.
As my friend, Scott Williams, said, “It was like EF Hutton was here. He talked, people listened. Nobody wanted to miss anything.”
Right he was.
Bill Hybels is one of the most influential pastors and Christian leaders in the world. So, it’s understandable that I found myself a little star struck when he came into the room and began eating the same food I was eating and breathing the same air I was inhaling.
I don’t know if the day will come when I get to visit with him face to face and can tell him how he influenced my husband and me, but if it does, here’s what I’ll say…