by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio- This year's Cedarville University Missions Conference, titled "Consuming Fire," will highlight the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and his four missionary friends who were killed in Ecuador on January 8, 1956. Approximately 80 missionaries, representing about 35 agencies, will be a part of the Jan. 10-12 event. Seminars will be held throughout each day discussing various topics relating to missions. In addition to the seminars, the drama "The Bridge of Blood" will be presented each evening of the conference at 9 p.m. This drama tells the story of the five martyrs. Written and directed by the University's own Dr. David Robey, professor of communication arts, the drama will be presented in the Dixon Ministry Center Recital Hall. Additional performances will be presented on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. At 10 a.m. each morning, conference-goers will hear from different speakers. Frank Drown of Avant Ministries in Kansas City, Mo., will speak on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Drown, a contemporary of Jim Elliot, is the co-author of Mission to the Headhunters, an autobiography which describes his personal journey as a missionary to Ecuador, as well as his experience in investigating the deaths of the five missionary martyrs. Paul Schlener of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) will speak on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Mark Thompson of ABWE will speak on Thursday, Jan. 12. At 7:30 p.m. each night, Dr. George Murray will give a keynote address. Murray is the president of Columbia International University (CIU), a multi-denominational university which prepares thousand of students to serve in ministry-related careers around the world. As an experienced missionary, teacher, preacher, writer, and evangelist, Murray has served in many posts prior to becoming president of CIU. The conference activities are free and open to the public; however, tickets for "The Bridge of Blood" are available for a contribution of $3. With only 200 tickets available for each performance, it is recommended that those interested in attending purchase their tickets before the holiday season. All proceeds from the play will be donated to a missionary project. For general information about the conference, call 937-766-7609. For ticket information, call 1-800-860-7625 or 937-766-4491.