PORTLAND — After being hosted the past three years at a Vancouver, Wash., church, one of the biggest Christian events in this part of the Northwest returns next month to the Rose City for its 13th run.
Mission Connexion Northwest takes place Friday night and Saturday, Jan. 16 and 17, at Sunset Presby-terian Church, 14986 N.W. Cornell Road, with preliminary related events Thurs-day evening, Jan. 15, and during the day Friday. Admission is free.
Last January, Mission ConneXion drew an estimated aggregate attendance of 14,000 over two days. That was a reduction from the previous year’s record-setting 20,000.
Mission ConneXion is co-sponsored by a wide range of local churches; location is rotated among several of the area’s larger church facilities.
Theme for next month’s run is “Barriers and Breakthroughs.” In addition to plenary sessions with keynote speakers, the event offers scores of workshops and exhibits related to missions. Keynote speakers are Don Richardson, Steve Richardson, JD Payne and Ramesh Richard.
Don Richardson is author of Peace Child, written decades ago and focusing on missions work with the Sawi Tribe in Papua New Guinea. Fifty years later he returned and created a mini-documentary video, Never the Same, about what’s happened since.
Steve Richardson is president of Pioneers and eldest son of Don Richardson. He leads a mission organization dedicated to initiating church-planting movements among unreached peoples groups around the world.
Payne is pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala. Payne is also a missiologist, and author of several books on missions and evangelism.
An evangelist from India, Richard also serves on the faculty of Dallas (Texas) Theological Seminary. Richard has dedicated his life to equipping pastors throughout the world, and testifies of seeing breakthroughs in how the Church is training missionaries cross-culturally to serve internationally.
Mission ConneXion Northwest was founded by Bill MacLeod, who still serves as the event’s executive director. MacLeod has a 30-year background as a missions pastor and a mobilizer for a wide range of Christian ministries. He is assisted by many volunteers in staging the annual event.
For more information and to register go to www.missionconnexion.com.