2020 Global Missions Conference
Sunday, Oct. 18–Sunday, Oct. 25
This year’s conference theme, The Power of the Gospel, comes from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. We look forward to interacting with and learning from the missionaries who will be joining us (via Zoom and video) from Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
|Wednesday, Oct. 21|
|Wednesday, Oct. 21|
Please incorporate their prayer requests into your family prayer time.
Bob and Tannie | Sub-Saharan Africa
Pray for their host country’s response to COVID-19, having limited medical resources. Pray also for wisdom for when to safely return to train in various regions of the country. And, pray for wisdom for Tannie of where to serve when she returns.
Chuck and Sharon | Southeast Asia
Chuck and Sharon recently returned to the field where they will be transitioning to new ministry roles. Pray for a smooth transition as they adjust to new responsibilities. They have also asked that we pray for God’s mercy on those who are suffering from disease and others because of the economic repercussions resulting from the pandemic.
Emily | Middle East
Pray for Emily, her son and Mom as they work out final details for their move overseas later this year. Pray also for all the paperwork needed to be completed and approved in time for their move. Pray for open and receptive hearts as they share the gospel with those they will be serving.
Eric and Lynn | Middle East
Pray for them as they have a lot of decisions to make in the coming months regarding their return to the Middle East. Please pray for wisdom as they attempt to understand the times and make decisions that will honor God and expand His kingdom. Pray also for their children who are ready to go “back home.
Patrick and Carole | North Africa
Patrick and Carole shared that they’ve had their joys and sorrows, especially during this pandemic. They encourage us to remember that we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us (Rom 8:37) and to never forget that the Lord is faithful! Their desire is for God-given opportunities to share truth, light, life and love. They continue to look for creative ways to do that and believe that God answers prayer and will reveal Himself and give them opportunities to continue to reach others for Christ.
Keith and Nahla | Middle East
Pray for Keith as he continues to help guide member churches in their coordinated response to the recent disaster in their country. Pray for wisdom and energy as he leads the team. Pray also for the school where Nahla teaches as they work to find additional funding for their school.
Sarah | North Africa
Pray for wisdom for all the logistics that need to be covered so Sarah can leave for the field in June. Pray also for unity for her team and for the people she will be serving to have open hearts to hear the gospel.
Conference Event Details
Sunday, Oct. 18
Kickoff Sermon at Worship Service
9:00 and 11:00 AM | worship center | REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY friday, Oct. 16
Pastor Tom Oostdyk will kickoff our 2020 Missions Conference with a missions-themed sermon. Registration for our worship services opens the Sunday before and closes the Friday prior to the services.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
7:00–8:00 pm | Online via Zoom
Four of our missionary families (Eric & Lynn; Patrick and Carol; Chuck & Sharon and Keith & Nahla) will share how God is at work in their country and will then share ways we can pray for them. After each missionary has shared, we will break into groups to pray.
Wednesday Family Night
7:00–8:00 pm | worship center | in person or livestream
The children and their families will learn about one of our missionaries in Central Asia. The evening will also include activities and games.
Friday, Oct. 23
Prayer and Worship Night for the Nations
7:00–8:00 pm | outside in cherrydale parking lot*
Join us for an evening of worship and prayer for the nations outside on the church parking lot. Our prayer time will focus on Syrian Refugees (our current Focus for Four group) and the country of Lebanon. We will observe social distancing and wear face coverings, which can be removed once you are seated and distanced. We’re sorry – this event will not be livestreamed.
- lawn/folding chairs
- S’mores ingredients and roasting sticks (we’ll have firepits!)
- Bring your smartphone or iPad if you have one to download the worship lyrics and prayer guide.
*In case of rain, check back to this page for updates. If needed, we will cancel by 12 noon on Oct. 23.
Sunday, Oct. 25
Sunday Worship Services
9:00 and 11:00 am | Worship Center | Registration required by friday, oct. 23
The Power of the Gospel
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Speaker: Bob Glahn, East-West Ministries
In celebration of the cultural diversity that God has created among the various people groups of the world, we invite all attendees to come dressed in the national clothing of your country of origin, a country you have lived in, or a country you have visited.
Registration for our worship services opens the Sunday before and closes the Friday prior to the services.
Family Sunday School
10:15–10:45 am | gym | registration required by Friday, oct. 23
Our children and their parents will have the opportunity to meet the children of three of our missionary families. The children of Clay & Ruth (Europe), Eric & Lynn (Middle East) and Luke & Rachel (Central Asia) have prepared videos of what life is like for them in the countries where they live. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to get to know our MKs (missionary kids).