In just a few short days, North
Greenville University will be hosting its twelfth annual Global Missions
Conference! This is a very special week that has proven to be very important in
the lives of our students.
More than 60 frontline mission practitioners representing numerous mission boards, agencies, and organizations will be spending three days with our students to expose them to what God is doing among the nations. They will also be here to challenge students to discover where God wants them to get involved in taking the good news of the gospel to the billions of people who are still waiting to hear about the difference that only Jesus Christ can make.
The Conference theme during these days together: “Extreme Cause. . . Extreme Cost” will give students the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the urgency of the missions task (the extreme cause) and the level of commitment that it requires completing it (the extreme cost).
The theme verse for the week is Acts 20:24. “But I don’t place any value on my own life. I want to finish the race I’m running. I want to carry out the mission I received from the Lord Jesus – the mission of testifying to the Good News of God’s kindness.” (God’s Word translation)
“I pray that the truth of these words will begin to penetrate the hearts of the students even before the Conference begins,’ says Dr. D. Allen McWhite, Sr., Director of the NGU Center for Global Missions.
During the week, students will
learn about the challenges missionaries go through on the mission field. They
will also get a chance to meet the many missionaries that are here for the
conference and perhaps encounter possibilities to serve in all the nations—from
right here in South Carolina and even all the way across the world!
Students will be encouraged to take advantage of everything that takes place during these days. They will also be encouraged to seek God and His Word during this week and to seek out the place where He might have them join Him in what He is doing all across the world.
Chapel speakers for the week are: Dr. Tim Keesee, Executive Director of Frontline Missions International, an organization committed to advancing the Gospel in the world’s difficult places by developing sustainable platforms for work and witness; Tim Norton (’04) and his family have spent the past three years serving with the International Mission Board (IMB) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tim and his wife Anna are breaking new ground at NGU as they are our very first Missionaries-in-Residence this fall before they return to the field in January, 2014; Nikki Clifton (’08) worked in South Asia through Crosspoint of India, serving as a Bible College teacher and also teaching English and computer classes for children in Crosspoint’s orphanage in central India. She also was involved in a women’s ministry that was primarily focused on outreach to majority Hindu women. Since July 1, Nikki has rejoined the NGU family as Associate Director of the Center for Global Missions; and David Blanton, who spent 11 years with the IMB in the country of Ecuador serving as Director of Student Ministry, seminary professor, mission administrator, and member of the Mega-cities Church Planting Team.
Apart from the guest speakers, international meals will be served each evening in the dining hall. A coffee house and an ice cream sundae night will be offered as well as missionary speaking sessions in classes throughout the week. Also, the visiting missionaries and mission representatives will display their materials in the Global Village to give students an opportunity to receive more information about working in the mission field.
NGU asks that you pray that this conference will be life-changing for many and that God will do amazing things on the campus during this time.
Chapel services will be Monday and Wednesday mornings at 10am and Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm. View the worship services online.