Global Ministry Conference draws missionaries, ministry leaders

Global Ministry Conference draws missionaries, ministry leaders

A wide range of opportunities for making an impact for Jesus Christ through missions and ministry leadership were engaged by students at BBC&S' Global Ministries Conference.

The three day event held February 6 - 8, carried the theme "Unleashed: The Power of Partnership." It focused on the importance of partnering with others in reaching communities with the gospel. Regular classes were not held during the special time of focus.

View photos of the conference here.

Listen to special speakers from the conference here.

Held annually on campus, the conference hosts a variety of special speakers, missionaries, and leaders from many areas and organizations.

Burnham Discusses Experience as a Hostage
Guest speakers included missionaries and ministry leaders from a range of backgrounds. Among the speakers was Gracia Burnham, a veteran missionary and author.

Once a missionary to the Philippines with her husband Martin, The couple was kidnapped by a Muslim militant group and held hostage for over a year. Martin was killed during their rescue. Garcia has written two books about her experience.

Burnham spoke on campus during college chapel in March 2012. Read more about the visit here.

In her workshop at the conference, she described her experience as a hostage and the importance of becoming a cross-bearer.

BBC&S"People always say 'I could never have done what you did'" Burnham said. "But that is the neat part of the story. I am just a regular person. I am a city girl; I don't even like to camp. But God chose the most unlikely person to go through this experience so people would see that God did it, not me. I didn't have the strength to live for a year in the jungle, but God did it."

Mrs. Burnham spoke at a special evening session, as well as afternoon workshops. She also spent time connecting with students in Carter Hall on Wednesday evening.

Agency Leaders Highlight World Impact
Other special speakers for the event included:

Pastor Ashok Andrews, of the Kolkata Christian Fellowship in Kolkata, India. He is the president of a church planting movement called Jatiyo Kristiyo Prochar Samity.

Dr. Harry Gebert, with the Worldwide Islamic Ministries unit of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. Dr. Gebert and is wife, Jan, have worked in West Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East, planting churches and training church leaders.

"I think a conference like this can have an exceptional impact," Pastor Andrews said. "Times like this can actually be monumental in the lives of people. There may be one young person here whose life will be changed forever because of this."

With a goal of representing a variety of ministries, the regional focus of the conference changes each year, with the 2013 focus was on Third World and developing countries.

The 2014 regional focus will be on urban ministries. It will be held February 5-7.

"The speakers and the passages they used focused not only missions and opening our eyes to the world, but also on life, and encouraging us in living the Christian life" said Traci Thompson, a senior Communications major from Byesville, OH.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

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Posted on: 2/8/2013 3:50:20 PM

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