VANCOUVER, Wash. — Famed author, radio speaker and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias will speak next month as one of the Northwest’s largest annual Christian events holds its 11th run — for the second consecutive year at a Vancouver church.
Mission ConneXion Northwest, which last January drew an estimated aggregate attendance of 12,000 over two days, takes place again Friday night and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, at Crossroads Community Church, 7708 N.E. 78th St.
Admission is free. Sponsored by a wide range of local churches, the conference will offer 125 workshops on missions topics and about 70 exhibits.
Theme this year is “No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets” — words found inscribed in the Bible of famed missionary to China, William Borden, following his death in 1913.
Zacharias speaks Friday evening. Featured Saturday as keynote speakers are Brad Buser and Libby Little.
Buser served 20 years in Papua New Guinea, with his wife and his children, working among the Iteri people. He was involved in church planting, translation, church planting consulting and language checking. He also served in leadership and at the boarding school for missionary children. Buser is a national representative for New Tribes Mission and lives in San Diego, Calif.
Little now resides in upstate New York but has lived most of her adult life in Afghanistan. Two years ago her husband, Tom, was murdered there. For more than 30 years she had worked with him to improve the lives of the Afghan people, especially their eyesight. They helped establish and grow the Noor Eye Hospital in Kabul and related ministries elsewhere in that nation. She also served as an English teacher and in leadership roles for the expatriate community in Afghanistan.
The upcoming conference was promoted at a November pastors’ luncheon at Solid Rock Church in Beaverton.
Mike McDonald, a member of that church’s pastoral staff, told those attending that Mission ConneXion has had a “huge impact” at Solid Rock and compelled members of the congregation to pursue missions.
“I’m super blessed by Mission ConneXion and I’m blessed for our people,” McDonald said.
In a video presentation shown at the luncheon, Zacharias praised event organizers for their efforts. “The cause you are about is significant” he said.
For full details, go to www.missionconnexion.com.