Cedarville Missions Conference Opens Minds and Hearts

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University`s three-day Missions Conference "Shine in the Darkness" concluded on Thursday, leaving students with a clearer picture of available missions options and, in many cases, a clearer desire to serve. Approximately 80 missionaries, representing 37 international ministries, shared information about their organizations with students during the week. The missionaries led 28 seminars on a variety of current missions topics, from ministry software and medical missions to aiding children in crisis. Six special presentations by missionaries were a highlight of the conference. On Tuesday morning, students heard the testimony of New Tribes Mission`s Tania Rich, whose husband was held hostage and later killed by Colombian rebels in the 1990s. Rich talked about some of the fears and challenges she has faced since then. "We allow too many things in our lives to hold us hostage," she noted, citing fear, pride, and anger. She exhorted students to see each day as an opportunity and obey God no matter the circumstances. On Wednesday morning, Grady Toland of Evangelical Christian School in Memphis, Tenn., blended his original comic songs about missionary life with the message, "Anything you do of value for God will involve sacrifice." On Thursday morning, Gary Frost, director of the Metro Baptist Association in New York City, gave a passionate call for tender-hearted, intelligent service to God and others. Dr. Ron Cline of HCJB World Radio spoke in the evening presentations. He advised students to walk away from "sloppy living," share God`s light and love with others, commit to do God`s will, and trust Him to provide. A tremendous response followed, as hundreds of students prayed with missionaries and made commitments to be open to God`s will for their lives. "This year`s Missions Conference has been indescribable," said Brian Nester, director of Cedarville`s Missions Involvement Services. "The response from the students, missionaries, and even faculty and staff has been overwhelming. We just thank God for what He has done and will continue to do in the hearts and lives of our students." Audiocassettes, CDs, and DVDs of part or all of the conference are available for purchase by calling the CDR Radio Network at 1-800-333-0601. Next year`s Missions Conference is tentatively scheduled for January 10-12. -30-