First night over!
Rob and co all arrived safely yesterday afternoon, somewhat later than planned after a 3-hour wait in the plane on the tarmac at Newark!
Tonight was in Belfast on the Calling All Peacemakers tour, at the Spires Conference Centre, right in the city centre and the turnout was unbelievable! We opened the doors at 7pm, and the steady flow of people meant that we weren’t far from filling the 1000 seat venue! We had sold all 800 issued tickets, but more people came and paid on the door (£1 from every ticket, and all proceeds from the tour, are being given to the Turame microfinance project).
Rob came on stage exactly at 8pm to whisltes, cheers, and applause for the first night of this tour, and immediately launched into a great evening where he showed, from Scripture, all that the Shalom of God means, bringing it right down to the practical needs of people around the world.
The response of the audience was amazing — and it was really moving to hear stories from all the people who are going out and making a difference in their communities, at least partly inspired by Rob’s books and NOOMA.
Today we move on to Dublin and have a free evening tonight before speaking at St Mark’s, an old converted Church — now a music venue — tomorrow night.
Ian Matthews, Zondervan’s UK Sales and Marketing Manager