Challenges & excitement of hosting the WCF Conference at CTFM / 350-400 inside & 50 protesters outside / Around 7500 watch live webcast17 Comments Published by Office 2 September 2nd, 2014 in A Call To Action, Abortion, Australia, Bible, Christian Church Issues, Courage, Education, Family, Freedom to be Born March, Homosexuality, Miraculous Testimonies, Options + Care, Political Correctness, Politics, Rise Up Australia, Roman Catholic Church, Social Justice, West, Women
On Thursday 28th of August, Pr Daniel was informed that the World Congress of Families Conference did not have a venue for their conference on Saturday 30th of Aug, as 3-4 different locations had all cancelled their bookings because the protesters got to the venue owners and threatened them with sabotage.
On hearing this he opened Catch The Fire Ministries premises to be used for the conference. Just for the record, CTFM did not organise this conference, but was one of the supporting organizations. When the organizer of the conference heard about the CTFM venue, she was very relieved as finally they had a place. She told Pr Daniel, “I hope you don’t let me down” for which he responded, “that will not happen with us.” We applaud Babette Francis and her team at Endeavour Forum for organising this conference.
Then CTFM staff started getting several threatening emails and calls to cancel the event from the protesters. The protesters expected a response similar to the other venues. thinking that we will cancel too. They were shocked that we did not back down.
On Friday 4 police officers and 2 local council members met with us and one of the officers told Pr Daniel at least 3 times, “Are you sure you are going to have this conference?? The protesters are expecting thousands.” Pr Daniel responded, “They are just making a mountain out of a mole hill.” Then the officer asked him, “How many do you think will come?” He responded, “I think around 60-80.”
Pr Daniel stated, “It is a very sad day when you want to speak about family values, that it is considered to be so offensive. What is good is evil and what is evil now is good”.
Literally in 24 hours CTFM had to organise security, ushers, helpers, car park attendants, set up the hall, tea, coffee, food etc. Thank God for the many faithful members in our church and ministry as they just left everything behind and got on board to help on Saturday. We say a ‘BIG THANK YOU’ to all of them and to all who supported in prayer.
The conference was a great success as round 350 people attended the conference in spite of all the threats and also some 50 protesters hassling people at the gate.
We were very encouraged to see a convoy of some 12 police vehicles, including a 40 foot police vehicle with 6-8 horses, all arrive around 8.30am . There would have been around 50-60 police officers. The police officers did an amazing job in controlling the very noisy and unruly crowd of protesters. We thank them very much for a job well done.
The protesters tried to block people from entering the premises, but they were not successful. One lady somehow slipped through and tried to disrupt the meeting, but she was very quickly removed from the building by CTFM security team. Around 2pm the protesters who ended up having no success in stopping the conference, packed their speakers and left. Even their loud blasting music from the road did not disrupt the conference as we could not hear any of their noise inside the building.
Pr Daniel stated, “It is time to take a stand. If we do not stand now, tomorrow might be just too late. We thank God for His hand of protection and guidance. If God is with us who can be against us. The time is now, we must rise up and take back our nation in Jesus name.”
It was very interesting as a TV reporter asked Pr Daniel, “Are you worried about these protesters?” He responded, “Do I look worried? No, I am quite excited because I fought for Free Speech, and after walking walking through and watching death, bombing, shooting and be-heading all around me in my life journey, this is just child play. Actually, I am having a lot of fun. I do feel very sad for these people, as they are so lost. We will pray for them.”
The CTFM media team live streamed the conference with the very exciting news that 7490 computers were tuned in, with only 30 from overseas. All the rest was from within Australia. This could mean thousands of people could have been watching the broadcast. So God definitely had a purpose in having the conference at the CTFM building. Thanks to the protesters. God does work in mysterious ways.
All were very disappointed that 3 politicians who were supposed to speak, pulled out. Bernie Finn VIC MP stated that his family did not want him to go because of the protesters. Kevin Andrews Federal MP and Robert Clark Vic MP both stated that they would not come because it is held at the CTFM building.
Pr Daniel stated, “True friends don’t trample you when you are down. The conference organizers were so desperate for a place to hold the conference. Finally when they got the place, gutless MP’s found an excuse to stay away. The main reason was just 50 protesters scared the day lights out of them. Just imagine if ISIS attacks Australia, what can we expect from our politicians? Pray that God will rise up Christian leaders with guts.”
If you need DVDs of the whole conference, since the organizers have asked CTFM to take of it, you can call Angeline on 03 97031620 at CTFM.
You may see a lovely photo taken on the same night from outside the CTFM building on our website www.catchthefire.com.au
“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?” Psalm 113:3-6