VANCOUVER, Wash. — One of the biggest Christian events in this part of the Northwest returns next month for its 12th run — and for a third consecutive year at a Vancouver church.
Mission ConneXion Northwest last January drew an overflow record aggregrate attendance of more than 20,000 people over two days. It takes place Friday night and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18, at Crossroads Community Church, 7708 N.E. 78th St., with preliminary related events Thurs-day evening, Jan. 16 and during the day Friday. Ad-mission is free.
The event also offers scores of workshops and exhibits related to missions.
Theme this year is “To All People, By All Means,” based on I Corin-thians 9. Keynote speakers are Carl Medearis, Roderick Davis, Roberta King and Rick McKinley.
Medearis is an expert on Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations. He is author of Muslims, Christians and Jesus, Tea with Hezbollah and most recently, Speaking of Jesus: the Art of Not-Evangelism. He lived with his family in Lebanon, encouraging students, professionals and political leaders to live by Jesus’ teachings to bring about societal change.
Davis was a drug-dealing youth in California until he gave his life to Jesus at 21. He came to Portland and got involved in inner-city ministries, then felt called to the Dominican Republic. He and his family moved into the drug-ridden and violent “barrio” of La Vega, and founded TEARS ministry, which works in the poorest neighborhoods with church planting, schools, water purification, and leadership training.
King is associate professor in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Since coming to Fuller in 2000, she has developed graduate curriculum for “Ethnomusicology in Mission”—renamed Global Christian Worship. King began her missionary career in Kenya at what is now Daystar University in Nairobi. While there, she recognized the power of music to communicate the gospel within varying cultural contexts. She also served for 20 years with WorldVenture, working with church leaders in 11 African nations to develop appropriate songs for communicating the gospel in more than 80 different languages.
McKinley is founder and lead pastor at Imago Dei Community in Portland. He also serves on Multnomah Biblical Seminary faculty. His books include Jesus in the Margins, Advent Conspiracy, This Beautiful Mess, and A Kingdom Called Desire.
Based in the Portland area, Mission ConneXion Northwest is co-sponsored by a wide range of local churches. For details go to www.missionconnexion.com. A special program also will be inserted into the January issue of Christian News Northwest.