Mission Connexion Northwest 2015

Speakers

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Don Richardson

Don Richardson is minister-at-large for World Team, an interdenominational mission agency. His book "Peace Child" describes his work among the Sawi tribe in Papua, Indonesia. A mini-documentary video, "Never the Same," describes his return with his adult sons 50 years later, showing what has happened since.

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Steve Richardson

Steve Richardson, the President of Pioneers and eldest son of Don Richardson, leads a mission organization dedicated to initiating church-planting movements among unreached peoples groups around the world.

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JD Payne

J. D. Payne, pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, is a missiologist, and author of several books on missions and evangelism.

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Ramesh Richard

Ramesh Richard, an evangelist from India who serves as a Dallas Theological Seminary professor who has dedicated his life to equipping pastors throughout the world, is seeing breakthroughs in how we train cross-culturally as servants to the world.

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 to enable people to 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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March 6th-7th, 2015

Muslim ConneXion helps those who have a heart to better understand and reach out to Muslim friends and neighbours, to do it in a way that brings joy, friendship, and Jesus into the conversation.

More information here.

Download the program here.

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April 17-18, 2015

Care ConneXion provides resources and practical tools for those who want to be more effective in providing care for missionaries on and off the field, and in whatever stage of pre-, post, or current service those workers are.

More information at www.careconnexion.org

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MC-journey

May 15-16, 2015

The Journey Deepens is coaching designed for people of all ages who believe they are being called into mission.

More information at www.thejourneydeepens.com

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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

Caring for the Lost and Found

By Bill MacLeod
Executive Director

 If ever there was an opportune time for believers to both understand Islam for the purpose of reaching out with the love of Jesus, as well as caring for missionary workers currently on the field, it is now.Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 18.29.44

 A year ago many were reflecting on how long Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae had been held captive in a North Korean prison. A year later we have all but forgotten Bae’s November release as we witness atrocities being carried out almost daily from another part of the world. While the recent beheadings of the 21 Christian men captured our attention, far more Muslims are killed by the hands of the terrorists. 

 The Bible Society of Egypt moved quickly to counter the beheadings of the 21 Christian men slaughtered on a Mediterranean beach by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria – by producing a gospel tract that is worth considering:

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=017b6b7c5bf6d7468fcc6aedc&id=a590681712&e=06621828ad

 

Two rows of men walked the shore of the sea,
On a day when the world’s tears would run free,
One a row of assassins, who thought they did right,
The other of innocents, true sons of the light,
One holding knives in hands held high,
The other with hands empty, defenseless and tied,
One row of slits to conceal glaring-dead eyes,
The other with living eyes raised to the skies,
One row stood steady, pall-bearers of death,
The other knelt ready, welcoming heaven’s breath,
One row spewed wretched, contemptible threats,
The other spread God-given peace and rest.

A Question…
Who fears the other?

The row in orange, watching paradise open?
Or the row in black, with minds evil and broken?

A video was even made of this tribute that is getting a lot of play on the internet and you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TAHvc7PwYc&feature=em-share_video_user

If ever there was an opportune time for believers to both understand Islam for the purpose of reaching out with the love of Jesus, as well as caring for missionary workers currently on the field, it is now.

Muslim ConneXion and Care ConneXion will help you do both. 

Register today for:

Muslim ConneXion, March 6-7 http://missionconnexion.com/training-events/muslim-connexion/

Care ConneXion, April 17-18 http://careconnexion.vbconline.org/registration/

 

Foster Families Served

By Christopher Coffman
Mission Pastor, River West Church, Lake Oswego, ORPastedGraphic-1

 I’ve come to see my missions pastor role as helping God’s people answer Jesus’ call: “Follow me and I’ll make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:9). This is the single greatest privilege of pastoral ministry—watching Jesus transform men, women, and children into missionaries he can use. And this is one of the main reasons we partner with Mission ConneXion—to reinforce a culture where members of our church can answer Christ’s invitation to mission.

Several years ago, a young mom named Allie here at River West Church PastedGraphic-3(http://www.thewellchurch.com) approached me to see if our church would be willing to start up a ministry to support foster families. As I often do, I went on to explain that our church doesn’t launch new ministries without launching missional leaders who run these ministries. So I encouraged her to pray and see if Jesus was calling her to serve Him in this way. In the months to come, the vision for a nonprofit ministry called With Love began to take shape—a boutique that would provide foster families and their kids with beautifully bundled clothes, toys, and support (www.withloveoregon.org). With this vision in hand, Allie wondered how she would go about running a nonprofit while raising her children. Thankfully, I knew that Mission ConneXion was hosting a Board ConneXion event that month. The training she received that weekend helped Allie grow her vision into a ministry that is impacting hundreds of foster families in our city today!PastedGraphic-2

Extraordinary things happen when ordinary people like Allie answer Christ’s call. Having attended and taught at Mission ConneXion events in the past, I can’t think of a better context for our people to become aware and engaged with what Jesus is doing locally and abroad.

 

 

Graciously Kept on Task

Justin Speerstra
Teaching Pastor
The Well Community Church

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Over the years, we have participated with Mission ConneXion on a number of levels. As I reflect on the many ways we have been benefitted from that participation, here are a few things that stand out:

First, we have been encouraged, humbled, and challenged by working with the broader Body of Christ in the metro area. Mission ConneXion is a ministry of the entire church and, therefore, we have had the privilege of working side-by-side with others outside of our immediate church community. This is important! We can easily become isolated or proud but working with our brothers and sisters throughout the city keeps us grounded. It also gives us the beautifully humble realization that we are only a small part of what God is doing in this region.

Second, Mission Connexion has provided opportunities for The Well Church people to serve, here in Portland as well as overseas. True to its name, we have been connected to many different opportunities about which we would most likely not have known. The exhibitor’s hall at the annual conference has proven to be a place where important networking happens and lifelong relationships are forged. Our church cannot, in and of itself, provide all the opportunities that help facilitate obedient discipleship. Mission ConneXion is a fantastic way to provide people with ideas and open doors to the next steps as they walk with Christ.

Third, Mission ConneXion has provided our church with great training. For example, we regularly have people attend Care ConneXion and they come back prepared to serve and bless our overseas workers. By God’s grace, we have a committed core of people who want to care for missionaries. Care ConneXion has been a key player in helping to make that happen. Muslim ConneXion is also a blessing, helping people catch or renew their vision to see Muslims follow Christ. The long-term effects of these training events cannot be overstated.

Finally, Mission ConneXion has helped to keep us focused on the goal: A global community of redeemed people worshipping Christ in every language forever and ever. Life is difficult; we easily lose focus and turn inward to the concerns of ourselves, our families, our churches, and our cities. Mission ConneXion provides a much needed reminder and wake-up call – it is not about us! It is about King Jesus and his glory among all peoples. Mission ConneXion regularly, and graciously, helps keep us on task.

“Tell Me a Story!”

Story told by Randy Grebe, VP Strategic Partnership, OM Ships International

omshipsThe question was rather unusual.  It was several hours into the opening of Mission ConneXion Northwest 2015 when a businessman walked up to my booth.  We briefly discussed the vision of OM Ships International and it’s current status and upcoming country visits.  It was then that he asked me a direct question.  “Randy, can you please share with me a God story from the Ship Ministry?”  I hesitated thinking to myself, which one of dozens should I share.  With that, the Lord put on my heart an event that took place in a creative access nation.*

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It’s Cheap, Local, and For You!

This spring we have three ConneXion events that are designed to help you, and your friends, be more effective in your natural spheres of influence, and yes, they’re totally for you:MC-muslim

  • Muslim ConneXion, March 6-7,  helps those who have a heart to better understand and reach out to Muslim friends and neighbors, to do it in a way that brings joy, friendship, and Jesus into the conversation.
  • CMC-careare ConneXion, April 17-18, provides resources and practical tools for those who want to be more effective in providing care for missionaries on and off the field, and in whatever stage of pre-, post, or current service those workers are. Watch: http://vimeo.com/110417581
  • The Journey Deepens ConneXion, May 15-16, is coaching designed for people of all ages who believe they are being called into missions.MC-journey
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“I Could Totally Do That!”

If you just attended the recent Mission ConneXion Northwest 2015 “Barriers and Breakthroughs” event, you know those attending the many workshops, plenary sessions, and Exhibits were encouraged to follow the call of God on their life, and to support others who have made that commitment.  Many stories are emerging of what the Lord did this year. One story that surfaced actually began 2 years ago – at our 2013 event.I Could totally do that picture

Betsy Rouse, had just returned from a year of serving as a journalist with Operation Mobilization in the UK when she was interviewed on the main stage. Megan Peet was a seventeen-year old high school student who had always loved stories, and writing. As Betsy shared about the need for writers on the field, Megan’s interest began to peak. “I could totally do that!” Megan thought to herself, as did her parents sitting nearby.

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