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Annual Missions Conference Jan. 5-7

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Dr. George Murray, chancellor of Columbia International University, was the keynote speaker at Cedarville University’s 2010 missions conference titled, “Making Him Known.” Murray is an experienced missionary, teacher, preacher, writer and evangelist who has ministered across North America and in 72 countries. Photo courtesy of Dr. George Murray

by Public Relations

December 18, 2009

The world is becoming increasingly interconnected through trade, communications and travel. Cedarville University invites the public to learn about the global missionary field by attending the “Making Him Known” conference on January 5-7.

The conference will host more than 90 missionaries from 37 agencies. The keynote speaker is Dr. George Murray, chancellor of Columbia International University. He is an experienced missionary, teacher, preacher, writer and evangelist who has ministered across North America and in 72 countries. He previously served as general director of Bible Christian Union, executive director of The Evangelical Alliance Mission, and president of Columbia International University.

Also scheduled to speak is missionary Gracia Burnham. Burnham and her husband, Martin, spent 17 years in the Philippines where he served as a jungle pilot transporting sick and injured patients to medical facilities and delivering mail, supplies and encouragement to other missionaries. In May 2001, the Burnhams were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Group, a militant group of Muslims. During their 376 days of captivity, they faced near starvation, constant exhaustion, frequent gun battles, coldhearted murder and intense soul-searching. In June 2002, in a firefight between the Philippine military and their captors, Martin was killed. Gracia was wounded, but freed. In a review of Gracia’s book “In the Presence of My Enemies," USA Today wrote, “The issue ... is not why an all-powerful God might choose to subject a man to evil, but how a man, with God’s help, responds to evil.”

Conference guests can attend daily morning and evening chapels, afternoon seminars, and an ice cream fellowship.

“Growing up, I was always challenged and inspired by missions conferences,” says Brian Nester, director of missions involvement. “Having served full-time in Hungary before coming to Cedarville in 1994, I appreciate Cedarville’s global perspective and desire to keep the needs of the world before our community.”

Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs. Featuring a worldwide Christian ministries program, the University offers more than 100 areas of study to 3,000 students. Visit the University Web site at

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Time: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Date: January 5-7, 2010
Location: Jeremiah Chapel in the Dixon Ministry Center
Address: Cedarville University, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville, Ohio
Cost: Free
Learn More: 937-766-7609