Cedarville Hosts Annual Missions Conference

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio—“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” is a decree from the Gospel of Mark that has inspired countless missionaries across the globe to carry out their work. In January, some of these missionaries will gather at Cedarville University to share their experiences.

Cedarville’s annual Missions Conference runs Tuesday, Jan. 6, through Thursday, Jan. 8, with the closing session beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday. With “Taking the Light” as its theme, the conference will present six sessions with a variety of speakers.

“The purpose of our missions conference is to keep the needs of the world before our Cedarville community,” says Brian Nester, director of missions involvement. “While there are needs close to home, many people groups are in places where the Gospel is still not yet clearly presented.”

The three evening sessions at 7 p.m. will feature Dr. Michael Loftis, president of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE), as the keynote speaker.

When Loftis and his wife, Jo Beth, began their ministry with ABWE in 1988, they were the first to focus on reaching the Iron Curtain countries of Eastern Europe. During their 12 years of overseas leadership, they established a ministry team that grew to 70 career missionaries serving in nine countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Loftis served as the ABWE executive director of Central and Eastern Europe from 1990 to 2000. He became the president of ABWE in 2001.

Additional speakers include Dr. Ric Escobar of One Challenge International on Tues., Jan. 6, and Paul Jenks of Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel International on Wed., Jan. 7. Both organizations strive to meet the needs of the impoverished through preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

On Thursday at 10 a.m. Dr. Hans Finzel will speak. A successful author, consultant and expert in the field of leadership, Finzel has been the full-time president and CEO of WorldVenture for 15 years. WorldVenture is an international mission agency with a staff of 600 associates in 65 countries.

Finzel and his wife, Donna, spent 10 years living in Vienna, Austria, while training leaders throughout Eastern Europe behind the Iron Curtain before the fall of communism.

After the Tuesday evening session, the Missions Involvement Services will host an ice cream social for attendees to interact with missionaries in a relaxed setting. Each afternoon and after the Wednesday evening service there will be a number of topical seminars offered by the missionary representatives.

Nearly 80 missionaries will attend the conference, representing 38 mission agencies.