The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


July 18, 2014

College to host 109th mission conference

NEW WILMINGTON — The 109th New Wilmington Mission Conference will be held at Westminster College from Saturday through July 25. All events are free to the public and programs are geared for children through adults.

The week-long conference will include Bible studies, events to promote spiritual enrichment, lectures by spiritual leaders, and Christian fellowship. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen Christians in their commitment to mission work. More than 25 missionaries and leaders from the global church will share their mission experiences and challenge participants to join in the mission calling.

The conference began as a Presbyterian mission conference for young people in 1906. It has retained its Presbyterian roots and connections while promoting the broader Christian witness in the world. 

Exhibits by 40 missionaries and mission organizations will be displayed in McKelvey Campus Center from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The high school speaker will be Mike Haddox, youth and family pastor from Butler; junior high speaker will be Tasha Ryals, urban outreach minister from Network Ministries; and the Rev. David Loleng, evangelism associate for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will speak to young adults.

Childcare and programs for elementary students will be offered.

The highlight of Tuesday’s youth-led evening service will be Tree Anthem, a Pittsburgh band that will share inspirational stories and songs from Southeast Asia.

“Stop Hunger Now” is the mission project for the week.  This will be the fourth year the conference will package more than 28,000 nutritional meals for distribution in various countries.

The conference will mark 54 years of sending out a summer service team of young adults into the world for six weeks.

This year’s group of eight college students and their leaders are serving in the Middle East.

They will share their experiences Monday evening and July 25.

For the schedule of speakers and locations or to register, visit or call the NWMC office at 724-946-9770.

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