I will go – send me! A look around the world through the eyes of global leaders
(September 8, 2020) In less than one
week, September 14-16, North Greenville University’s (NGU) Institute of Global
Leadership will host its nineteenth annual Global Missions Conference. This
extraordinary week has proven to be life-changing in the lives of students and
will feature a leading expert on the persecution of Muslims. The Conference fulfills
one of the University’s core values to be mission-focused. It challenges 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.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s Conference will look differently from past years. Still, it will include 12 frontline mission practitioners representing mission boards, agencies, and organizations to expose students to what God is doing among the nations. It also takes the students around the world through the eyes of these global leaders.
The keynote speakers for the three-day Conference will be 35-year mission veterans Nik and Ruth Ripken. The Ripkens served in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia, and the Middle East and have completed extensive research among believers living amid persecution in over 70 countries. They have written several books and produced a feature-length documentary film, “Insanity of God,” to share their amazing stories and lessons.
Nik and Ruth now spend their time teaching in churches, schools, and mission organizations through Nik Ripken Ministries. Nik has a bachelor’s degree in religion and history, a master’s, and a doctorate in ministry from Southern Seminary.
“I pray that the truth of the word will begin to penetrate the hearts of the students even before the Conference begins,” says Dr. D. Allen McWhite, Sr., Director of the NGU Institute of Global Leadership.
Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to stroll through the Global Village to dialogue with the mission representatives to not only learn about different cultures but to discover the spiritual gifts God has gifted them to find an effective role on the mission field and to allow them to focus on their personal calling.
“Representatives from these organizations will also have the opportunity to speak in several classes throughout the week. They will share with students and faculty about various volunteer opportunities and the types of ways students can use their degrees in a ministry capacity overseas,” said Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Leadership Erin Wolfe.
The Conference will include four chapel services: Monday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Wednesday at 10 a.m. All services will stream live.
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