TUALATIN — The importance of a unified effort in reaching a spiritually needy world for Christ will be emphasized as one of the Northwest’s largest annual Christian events takes place here next month.
“One Body, One Voice, One Mission” is theme for the 19th annual run of Mission ConneXion Northwest, Friday night and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18, at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 S.W. Borland Road in Tualatin.
Sponsored by a wide range of churches, the conference this time features keynote speakers Dick Brogden, Becky Pippert, Michael Badriaki and Stephen Yoon; as well as more than 100 workshops and more than 95 exhibits relating to missions.
Admission to Mission ConneXion is free, but advance registration is strongly recommended for each of the two days and can be done at missionconnexion.com. If advance tickets have not reached capacity, limited on-site registration will be open. Last January, the event drew more than 5,400 attenders.
Brogden is co-founder of the Live Dead program, a ministry planting churches and training church planters in unreached people groups in the Arab world. The ministry’s name reflects his belief that Christians are called to a “crucified life” of complete devotion to Jesus. Brogden did his undergraduate work at North Central University in Minnesota and later a doctorate in international studies from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Missouri.
Pippert is an internationally known speaker who regularly lectures on spiritual renewal, evangelism, and character formation for church conferences, at schools and colleges, and in pastoral training seminars. She also has written several popular books on evangelism and Christian living. Her bestselling book Out of the Saltshaker has sold more than a half-million copies worldwide.
Badriaki was born in Kenya and raised in Uganda. His book When Helping Works: Alleviating Fear and Pain in Global Missions was published in 2017. Badriaki earned a doctorate in leadership and global perspectives from George Fox University; he also holds a master’s degree in intercultural and pastoral studies from Multnomah University. Badriaki has worked for 20 years globally in holistic missions, education, global health, and consulting and leadership development. He and his wife Kristen co-founded the Global Leadership Community, where they nurture leadership through education.
Yoon is a Korean-American doctor who for the last decade has cared for children with disabilities in Pyongyang, North Korea. Until last year, he and his wife Joy and their three children lived there as members of IGNIS Community, a group of about 40 people working on various projects. Yoon says U.S. government restrictions have now made it impossible for the family to return there.
Brogden also is featured at a separate pre-conference event, Leadership ConneXion, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the church. Theme is “Abiding in Christ as One.”
Cost is $50, or $20 for students or for individuals in groups of five or more. Register at mission-connexion.causemachine.com/events/leadership-connexion-2020