by Regan Penning
Ok, I am a cartophile. This may have seemed strange to my high school peers, but as a YWAMer, I am one of many who LOVE maps. We study them, we pray over them, we (the tech-savvy ones of us) create interactive versions that help us to reach the world.
One of the coolest parts of any U of N workshop is the intercession time on the GIANT floor map. Seriously, it is SO COOL. Unless you're barefoot, and its laying across an Astroturf soccer field. Then, it's crazy hot.
This year, we YWAM cartophiles piled onto the map, and interceded for a release of missionaries into the world whose fields are white for harvest. We were told the day before of a vision for the Chinese church to multiply and send a million missionaries into all the world, reaching the hardest to reach places.
So we all went to China. We placed our feet on the map, in that nation, as well as in places all over the globe where there are Chinatowns, and called out those who the Lord is preparing to send out to go, and make disciples of all nations.
There is something beautiful and prophetic about walking on a map. What God told Joshua comes to mind, "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you."