Missions Conference 2017
Moody Bible Institute students gather to honor women in missions, past and present.
Moody Bible Institute (MBI) students were inspired to lead with confidence as a result of attending Moody’s Missions Conference 2017, held Oct. 10–13 on Moody’s Chicago campus. The conference theme of “Honor, Empower, Respect,” was chosen to celebrate the contribution of women in missions.
“I was inspired with the knowledge that I can be not only an effective missionary, but also the leader of a ministry,” said Emily Yancey, a senior in the Pre-Counseling and Human Services program. “Missions Conference reminded me of the confidence I have in Christ.”
Yancey was among more than 1,400 Moody students in Chicago who attended the annual conference, which encourages students to engage in cross-cultural ministry around the world. In the closing ceremony, students were encouraged to commit to serve in cross-cultural ministry.
“This year, we focused on the impact that women have had in missions through the ages,” said Clive Craigen, program head of MBI’s Urban Ministries, “Our goal was to change the way we think about women missionaries. I hope the student body as a result of the conference will grow in their understanding of men and women working as a team.”
During the opening ceremony, students wearing the attire of their home countries and carrying their flag participated in a processional into Torrey-Gray Auditorium. Later in the week the students participated in Ethnefest, a celebration of cultures and languages through worship, spoken word (poetry), and dance.
Throughout the week, students chose from more than 100 seminars led by missionaries, pastors, church planters and others who shared experiences and strategies in cross-cultural ministry.
Conference speakers included Carolyn Custis James, adjunct faculty at Biblical Theological Seminary and author of Half the Church; Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College; and Jazz Becker, missionary to France and coauthor of Worth the Risk: What Would You Put on the Line to Share God’s Love in Europe? There were also representatives from more than 50 mission agencies on hand to dialogue with students about missions and opportunities to serve around the world.
“Our prayer for the conference this year is that the men and women in the student body would learn how to thrive as they help each other in missions and ministry and wherever God puts them,” said Craigen.”
Visit the Mission’s Conference web page for more information.
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