Mission ConneXion 2019

January 18-19, 2019
Rolling Hills Community Church
3550 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062

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 23-24

March 16-17

April 6-7

November 3-4

From the Blog

Introducing…

A friend of mine was leading a group of VIPs’ around the premises of a national corporation. When they got to an area where many of the key decisions are made, my friend, inspired in the moment said, “Let’s take a selfie!” As he gathered the group together, he called out to an employee carrying some boxes nearby asking if he would take the picture. As the gentleman put down what he was carrying, and the group pulled together for the shot, one of the VIP’s whispered in my friend’s ear: “Ah, that’s the CEO of this company!” My friend profusely apologized and (much later) they all had a good laugh!

Introductions take all forms, some planned and others unexpected.  Here are some introductions that we want to make sure to get right the first time, that we are very excited about…

Crystal McGowen joined us this summer as our new, part-time, Executive Administrative Assistant – Event Coordinator. She and her husband served as foreign missionaries; they’ve done business as mission overseas, and she also served as an executive administrative assistant for a non-profit, peacemaking organization. Don’t miss my interview with her in this newsletter edition!

 

Fawn Stephens enthusiastically accepted the role of Exhibitor Coordinator which she was somewhat familiar with since she has exhibited with their organization, Helimission International, in the past. She and her husband and two children returned from Indonesia about eighteen months ago and since Mission ConneXion figured largely in their call and preparation for that, she looked for ways to serve. She volunteered in the office this spring and summer as we searched for a new administrative assistant. We are so glad to have her on the team – as she works to increase the number of exhibit spaces to 95 this year! If your organization would like to exhibit, please contact Fawn here.

 

Meaghan Hartman returns as our Workshop Coordinator for the 5th consecutive year. We appreciate her diligence along with her husband Tim, as they are also fully-supported missionaries with Send International and bring a wealth of practical knowledge and experience to this critical role. The 25 Workshop Tracks and Leaders have been confirmed for some time; session presenters are almost completed, but workshop proposals may be made here.

 

Wendy Morgan returns as our Volunteer Coordinator, having been with us since 2010 when she served as our first registration coordinator.  Currently she is working with 12 Volunteer Leads who represent over 150 volunteers needed to be recruited just for the January event weekend. This is a team effort, so if you are a team player, and would like to volunteer, please reach out to Wendy here.

 

Each month our Steering Team for Mission ConneXion Northwest meets to pray and plan for the January event.  We typically meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 9:00 to 11:00am at City Bible Church on Rocky Butte. We warmly welcome all like-minded, church-mission engaged believers to join us. This month we gather on Thursday, September 13th at 9:00am and I would like to introduce you to them!

We look forward to making many more introductions in the weeks and months ahead, especially to people and opportunities that will engage you to ends you never thought possible. More on this soon…

 

 

JESUS Trending in Northwest

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

Recently I had the privilege of being part of a unique prayer gathering. A representative from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association shared that the Church in America has been somewhat asleep in recent years, and that it was time (for us to pray) for it to awake and lead.

I wholeheartedly agree.

If you have been paying attention you may have noticed that the Church is already stirring in the Northwest, as JESUS is becoming center stage here…

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Irrefutable Graffiti

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

Recently my wife and I had the privilege of spending time near the ancient cities of Athens and Corinth among workers serving in some of the hardest places for the gospel throughout Asia. Two individuals had run a bookstore selling Christian literature for many years in a major city but suddenly had to shut it down, fearing for their lives, because of those who fanatically oppose followers of Jesus. Another couple had put a banner up in the market place of their town announcing their new church-plant, and welcoming all in the town to attend, only to have it torn down by a mob that hated anything to do with Jesus.

When the Apostle Paul visited Athens in Acts 17, he wondered how he could address such a pagan culture, until he saw an inscription on one altar that read: “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD” which the Greeks had erected to whatever god they might have inadvertently left out of their pantheon. Paul masterfully seizes the occasion to share the one true God.

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The Power of Combined Force

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

When forces act in the same direction, they combine to make a bigger force. When they act in opposite directions, they can cancel one another out. If forces combine to make an overall force in one direction, the object moves in that direction.

Launching Mission ConneXion in 2001 presented an opportunity to discover what could happen if we combined forces among like-minded church-mission leaders in the greater Portland-Vancouver area. It continues that way today, 17 years later. While it may not always be the best or only way to operate, we have, with the Lord’s help and an army of volunteers, been able to demonstrate how much can be accomplished on little, (including 1.5 paid staff), through the power of combined force.

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She Prayed

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

Dorothea Clapp lived across the street from Ramsey High School, Ramsey, New Jersey, and for seventeen years prayed faithfully for the students at Ramsey High to know the Lord. When sophomore George Verwer came across her radar screen, she put him on her prayer list and prayed that he would trust Christ and become a missionary someday. She sent a Gospel of John in the mail to him as a gift.  I always love hearing George tell the story…“she never asked me for my permission to pray for me, she just prayed!”

The faithful prayers of Mrs. Clapp allowed the Holy Spirit to begin a mighty work in the life of young George Verwer. Today, 63 years later, Operation Mobilization, the organization he founded, continues to take the Gospel and Christian literature around the world, even utilizing ocean-going vessels in the process.

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Is Jesus Some Person Living in Your Village?

A message from our friends at SEND International.

….“I have personally met people who, the only image that they have of Jesus is what they’ve seen on TV in American movies. I have met people in the Philippines or in China who don’t know Jesus’ name at all. They’ll ask me, ‘Is Jesus some person living in your village?’”

Folks like these, whom International Director Warren Janzen meets as he travels to SEND’s fields around the world, live in unreached people groups. SEND International workers are part of a global movement of Jesus followers making disciples among the unreached. Today, we’ll explore what “unreached” means — and what it doesn’t.

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  • Portland, OR 97291
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