Mission Connexion Northwest 2017



Sunset Presbyterian Church

14986 NW Cornell Rd

Portland, OR 97229

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Training Events

Mission ConneXion convenes ConneXion Training Events throughout the year to help people deeply engage in key areas of ministry and mission. Each ConneXion training event is tightly focused and intensely practical so people can gain resources to be more effective in service. ConneXion training events are held in partnership with local ministries, mission organizations and churches.

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February 17-18

March 31-April 1

June 2-3

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Executive Director

Bill MacLeod Bio

bill macleod, mission connexion, executive directorBill MacLeod is the Executive Director of Mission ConneXion which he founded in 2001 during his fifteen years as a missions pastor in Portland.  He has been a mobilizer for over 30 years dedicating his life to city-wide people movements while serving in an evangelistic organization, a national men’s movement, a local church as missions pastor, and as founder/director of a regional church-missions-mobilizing effort.

From the Blog

Q&A With Andrew Palau: #whoisable

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

The theme for Mission ConneXion Northwest 2017 is “Who Is Able?” and our guest plenary speakers understand who is able-flyerwhat it means to feel inadequate as they considered (and consider) the ministry God laid before them. One of those guest speakers is Andrew Palau, an evangelist with the Luis Palau Association and author of The Secret Life of a Fool: One Man’s Raw Journey from Shame to Grace. As we look toward January and MCNW17, we asked Andrew to share what this theme means to him.

(Bill):    Before becoming a follower of Jesus, what did you believe you were or would be “able” to do with your life? (Did you ever feel you were NOT “able”, or “suit”-able for ministry?)

the_secret_life_of_a_fool(Andrew): There was so much duplicity in my life before Christ.  On the face of it, I wore a mask to say, “All is well with Andrew.”  I graduated from university, was working my way up the corporate ladder, had friends, and knew how to have a good time. I built up the façade that I was going places; but over time, in sober moments, I felt very insecure and did not have much hopefulness that I would amount to much.  The idea of ministry was never in my mind at all, it was all a secular vision of success and capacity; of fulfillment and purpose.

(Bill):    How did following Christ change how you viewed yourself and this question?

(Andrew): Of course all things became new for me in that radical moment of transformation. The truth of my lack of capacity for anything good was fully realized.  However, in the economy of God, that was the only proper starting point.  Apart from Him I can do nothing!  But now, with Him, all things are possible!  What a change of view.  Finally, hope in this world for me.

(Bill):     As the Lord directed you toward your current ministry, how “able” or prepared did you feel you were, given your experience, expertise, and calling?

(Andrew): At first, I just felt so happy to have anything to do for the Lord and in the Kingdom.  When God called me to preaching evangelism though, I had a battle with the flesh.  I really realized, like Moses, perhaps, “I got nothing!” So I used that truth as an excuse for a moment; but that was God’s exact point!  He didn’t want it to be used as an excuse as to why I shouldn’t do it, but rather as the actual, vital evidence of God’s presence and activity in this world.  He loves to take that which is nothing and do something with it – to prove that He is powerful.andrewpalau_portrait_

(Bill):   What counsel would you give new, especially young Christians starting out as to how they should view their “ability” to fulfill God’s will and call on their lives? 

(Andrew): Read John 15 regularly and take it to heart more and more.  And come to Mission ConneXion Northwest!

Registration for MCNW17 is now open and there are plenty of openings for exhibiting and for volunteers!
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Killing Christians! – Who Is Able?

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

Killing Christians BookYou’d think it was yet another book from another popular “Killing…” series, but, “Killing Christians…Living the Faith Where it is Not Safe to Believe” is a book written by Tom Doyle, one of our plenary speakers for Mission ConneXion Northwest 2017.

Christian Persecution is at an all-time high globally, and in his book, Tom introduces us to some incredibly courageous persecuted believers who are leading a new Jesus movement around the world.  Killing Christians was written to tell stories of victory from the front lines of the war raging around Jesus’ church in places like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel.

Reading such accounts causes us to cry out with the Apostle Paul, “Who is sufficient for these things?”who is able-flyer-title

Our theme for MCNW 2017 is “Who is Able?” When we watch world events, we’re tempted to ask, “Is Christianity winning or losing?” Considering today’s challenges, it may well look like Christianity is losing, and that becoming a missionary is an impossible feat – like scaling an insurmountable mountain peak.  However, we know that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Are people like Tom Doyle just extraordinary over-achievers who were born for greatness, or are they ordinary believers, like you and me, through whom God accomplishes the extraordinary?

Tom Outside shotTom graduated from Biola College and Dallas Theological Seminary. He became an officially licensed guide for the State of Israel, leading over 60 tours to the land of the Bible. He pastored churches in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico for 20 years, then became the Middle East director for e3 Partners/I Am Second. JoAnn, his wife of 34 years, serves with him at e3 as the director of Not Forgotten, a ministry to women of the Middle East.

If you’re asking yourself, “Am I able?”, plan now to come hear Tom, and see what the Lord can do with those who serve Him.


Marked by a Mission

By Dr. Robert Buckendorf, PhD

2006-2011pics+280Many individuals have marked my life. Bill MacLeod is one of them and he always challenged me to go on mission trips.  My response: “Sounds like a good way to get your friends to pay for your vacation.” Finally, he shamed me into going to Russia one year and Indonesia another: “Come on Bob. I know Jesus would tell you to go.” I was hooked.

As a speech-language pathologist, I work with children with disabilities. As I considered working overseas, I felt that I should merge trips overseas with my expertise. I’ve taught in lots of countries, many multiple times: Cuba (4 times), Saudi Arabia (2), Ukraine (5), Kyrgyzstan (1), Kazakhstan (3), Azerbaijan (2), Kenya (3), Macedonia (2), and Serbia (1). We have a legitimate purpose in these trips – to put together teams of specialists who teach about disability in hospitals, schools, rehab centers, and churches. Our purpose is to serve others with grace and professional competence and, when possible, speak of the Hope that causes us to come. We have so many stories and have had many adventures as other cultures are so rich in food and language and texture; but everyone has a deep, often unknown, need to learn of the Creator who provides the way to Himself through the Savior.

I have listened to hundreds of stories of loss and pain from parents whose children were excluded from school because of their disability; of the loss of a spouse or family relationships because of cultural shame; of the family’s fatigue from trying to help their child with a disability receive essential services. I’ve also seen how God changes lives from despair to hope.

I’ve been reading a book by Thomas Merton “Thoughts in Solitude.” Here’s a quote:

“Laziness and cowardice are two of the greatest enemies of the spiritual life. They are most dangerous when they are masked as discretion. …Discretion tells us what God wants of us and what he does not want of us…. Discretion flies from useless risk but urges us on to take the risks that faith and the grace of God demand of us…Sooner or later, if we follow Christ, we have to risk everything in order to gain everything.”

Mission trips, perhaps, are not for everyone. But be willing to have your life changed and stretched and to fall deeply in love with families who may exhaust you with their almost unbelievable needs but are grateful for your help and kindness.

1437187626714Dr. Robert Buckendorf, PhD worked as a speech pathologist his entire adult life, opening his own practice in 1979 specializing in pediatric speech and language disabilities including autism, language and fluency disorders. He passed away suddenly of a stroke on August 27th leaving behind his wife Jolene, family, friends, and patients worldwide who, through him, came to experience the loving kindness of the Lord Jesus whom he loved with his whole being. He loved Mission ConneXion and always spoke about it to others. As he wrote this article a couple of months ago to help promote our STM (Short-Term Mission) ConneXion event next February; he had also been invited to speak in the Healthcare and Missions workshop track this coming January.  He was a dear friend who will be missed by many. 


Volunteer at Student ConneXion!

Volunteers are needed to make Student ConneXion a success! Are you willing to help in one of these areas?

  • Door Greeters
  • Registration assistance
  • Seminar Hosts
  • Ushers
  • Gophers
  • Set up/Take down crew

Volunteer Coordinator: An individual who will coordinate and directly oversee all volunteer related activities before, during, and after the annual Student ConneXion conference.

Registration Coordinator: An individual who will directly oversee the registration of individuals and groups attending Student ConneXion.

Prayer Team Volunteers: A group of individuals who will partner with Student ConneXion before, during and after the annual conference to pray for the needs and listen to the Lord as he answers prayers.  This group will be ready willing and able to pray with the conference attendees and speakers throughout the duration of the conference.

Student ConneXion: Have you registered yet?

Would you like to be an exhibitor? Would you like to volunteer?

Would you like to donate to help make Student ConneXion a success?

Find links to all of the above, and more information at www.StudentConneXion.org.


Out of the Desert

By Wendy Morgan

DesertPerhaps you have read my recent submission Praying Without Borders, perhaps not; but here is the rest of the story.

I accepted the Lord as my Savior about the age of 8.  And though I can assure you a great peace enveloped me at that time and there have been a variety of seasons in my life, I have often not felt truly close to the Lord, I have doubted my salvation, and I struggled to feel His deep love for me personally.  I have been especially sensitive to this in the past couple of years and have strongly felt the Holy Spirit guiding me on my search for the missing pieces – primarily, “Lord, would You teach me to pray, help me to feel your love, and give me a burden for the lost?”

As I stated in my last article, God did make one small prayer “connexion” for me last fall.  It was a good beginning and I understood more my need to pray but I was still seeking how to really pray.  Suffice it to say, my search left me feeling stuck and could hardly wait for Prayer ConneXion.

Dee Duke’s story about commitment and discipline were inspiring, a great beginning; and Dick Eastman’s testimony about being a youth pastor, leading prayer retreats yet having no care, no emotion and crying out to God “Lord, help me care!”was refreshingly encouraging because that hit home for me.  Yet it was the two workshops where God did His extraordinary work in me.

First, I attended “How to Hear God in Prayer” by Calvin and Julie Tadema.  You know what I learned?  God does speak to me!  I knew He must but I truly did not know for certain that He really did.  You see, I’m a visual learner by nature and that’s how God’s been speaking to me.  I was always taught that I had to clear my mind in prayer and thought the pictures and words I saw were distractions.  It seems so simplistic now, but I really did not know that prayer was so much more than the little box I (and others) had painted it to be.  Pardon the expression, but it’s somewhat like the Tardis –  bigger on the inside.  It is so much more than I ever knew!

Then there was Dennis Fuqua’s “Elevating Our Prayers” workshop where he focused on three things: the Pauline Prayers, the Lord’s Prayer (John 17), and the Disciple’s Prayer (which we tend to call “The Lord’s Prayer”.  Jesus did say, “When you pray, pray like this…”; and it was unpacked in such a way that the pattern became very clear and evident.  It was the how I was looking for and has played a huge part in revolutionizing my prayer life these past weeks.15-12-03 Wendy 1

Now, I feel God’s love for me in a way I have never experienced before, I no longer doubt my salvation, and I have a concern for others that was missing.  I know He has been there all along, forever faithful, but it is now cemented in my heart.  This Israelite’s 40 years of desert wandering has come to an end.

Editorial Note: Wendy has severed faithfully as Mission ConneXion’s Registration Coordinator, and will now be shifting her responsibilities from Registration to Volunteers. Thank you, Wendy, for stepping into the Volunteer Coordinator role!



Why Student ConneXion?

According to the CIA’s World Factbook our world is currently inhabited by nearly 7.1 billion people and slightly more than 33% of them claim to come from a “Christian” background.

Of the nearly 4.3 billion lost people nearly 2.9 billion reside in what experts consider “unreached or least-reached” people groups.*

In the face of these numbers we see the overwhelming need to train the young people of today to reach out to the billions who are dying without Jesus!

What would it look like if every single youth who attended a mission conference like Mission ConneXion really experienced the call that Jesus has given all of us to go and make disciples?  Why Student ConneXion?

What if 1,000… 10,000… or 100,00 students really got on fire for the Lord and took up this call?
How can we make this happen? Is the need too big? Too overwhelming?

OR, could God actually accomplish such a tremendous work… maybe even in our lifetime?
Go to StudentConneXion.org for more information, to register for this FREE event,  to donate toward it, or to apply as an exhibitor.
*According to the Joshua Project “an unreached or least-reached…people group” is a people group that has  less than 2% Evangelical Christian and less than 5% Christian Adherents in it.

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