TUALATIN — Reaching the world with the Gospel is a challenge, but it is a task filled with hope because the Gospel message itself is filled with hope, according to organizers of next month’s Mission ConneXion Northwest.
That is why “There is Hope” is theme for Mission ConneXion’s 16th annual run, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20 at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 S.W. Borland Road in Tualatin. One of the region’s largest Christian events, it drew more than 3,100 attenders last January.
Admission to Mission ConneXion is free. The event is sponsored by a wide range of Northwest churches. It will be preceded by a preliminary Leadership ConneXion event during the day on Friday.
In addition to plenary sessions with keynote speakers, Mission ConneXion offers scores of workshops and exhibits regarding missions. Keynoters this year are Francis Chan, Peter Greer, Jamie Winship and Samuel Stephens.
Chan is former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, Calif., a church he and his wife started in 1994. He is also the founder and chancellor of Eternity Bible College and author of best-selling books, including Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God and You and Me Forever: Marriage In Light of Eternity.
Greer is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Greer previously worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia and Zimbabwe, and served as managing director of Urwego Bank in Rwanda. He is a graduate of Messiah College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School.
Now living in Portland, Winship formerly served as a policeman in the metro Washington, D.C., area. Winship has spent more than 25 years in the Muslim world, teaching people how to hear from God and live in His Kingdom. Winship and his wife Donna speak around the U.S. and across the globe to help people discern their God-given identity and experience a life of freedom.
Stephens is third-generation leader of India Gospel League, founded in 1948 by his grandfather. Stephens served as a pastor until his father’s death in 1988, when he became head of the ministry of thousands of Christian workers in southeast Asia.
Greer is also featured speaker for Leadership ConneXion, which runs from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Friday. The theme, “Mission Drift,” is also the title of a book by Greer. The session will focus on how leaders can help their organizations avoid moving away from their mission and to keep on track. Leadership ConneXion cost is $20 and includes lunch, snacks and a copy of Greer’s book. To register, go to missionconnexion.com/leadership-connexion/2018/
Although the main Mission ConneXion conference is free, advance registration is needed and can be done at www.missionconnexion.com