The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 12, 2013

108th mission conference nears

Delegates coming from nation, world


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NEW WILMINGTON — The 108th New Wilmington Mission Conference will be held at Westminster College July 20-26.

The week-long conference will include Bible studies, events to promote spiritual enrichment, lectures and fellowship. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen Christians in their commitment to mission work. Missionaries and leaders from the global church will share their mission experiences and challenge participants to join in the mission calling.

NWMC began as a Presbyterian mission conference for young people in 1906. About 800 delegates and staff from 30 states and 25 countries are expected to attend this year’s conference. It is estimated that another 300 to 500 regional residents also will attend some portion of the conference. All events are free to the public.

The conference will open at 7:45 p.m. July 20 in Anderson Amphitheater with Greg Allen-Pickett, the general manager of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) World Mission. Other scheduled  speakers include: the Rev. Dr. Ray Jones, evangelism coordinator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Rev. Dr. Reneiro Arce of Cuba; Rev. Dr. Donald Dawson, director of the NWMC and World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Seminary; Rev. Dr. Michael Boyland, pastor in Fremont, Calif.; Rev. Dr. Darrell Guder, professor of mission and former dean at Princeton Seminary; and Rev. Dr. Rob Weingartner, executive director of The Outreach Foundation.

The NWMC is a multigenerational family conference that is youth-focused and -oriented. Lectures geared toward youth include one by the Summer Service Team composed of six college students serving in Nepal.

Rev. Kyle Joachim, associate pastor in Granada Hills, Calif., is the daily speaker for the junior high program; and Rev. Jason Santos, associate pastor at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, is the daily speaker for the high school program. Rev. B.J. Woodworth, pastor of The Open Door and abbot of the World Christian Discipleship program in Pittsburgh, is the daily speaker for young adults.

There will be two Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. July 21. Bob Rice, missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will preach at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church; and Jannie Swart, professor of mission and evangelism at Pittsburgh Seminary, will speak at Anderson Amphitheater.  The Rev. Ayana Teter, Pittsburgh Presbytery staff member, will preach at the evening service that day.

The conference mission project for the week is with the “Stop Hunger Now” organization, which distributes food and aid to Third World countries. Volunteers will have an opportunity each afternoon to help package meals that will be sent to school programs and orphanages.

For the complete schedule of speakers and locations or to register, visit www. NWMCmission.org<http:// www.NWMCmission.org> or call the NWMC office at 724-946-9770.