By Bill MacLeod
I’ve always loved that quote by Helen Keller, and especially what precedes it: “ “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were noble.” Whatever is being accomplished through Mission ConneXion is being carried out by you who are fulfilling humble tasks that are truly gallant. The real nobles in our book of volunteers include:
By Jill Hartzell
The widow smiled. Her eyes were intense from a life of great pain. Yet, tender and warm as she shared her life story with me. It was filled with concentration camps, great hardship, and overwhelming concern for the situation in Ukraine. Her small village of Pullin was far from the Russian border, yet there were signs everywhere that Ukraine was fighting for their very existence. No NATO to protect them, the young men are called to fight. Leaving behind their wives and small children, they travel to the eastern front. The government has no guns, helmets, boots, or outfits for these 25 to 50 year olds, so they must come prepared to fight in whatever they can purchase.
By Judge Tom Kohl
I am a circuit court judge in the State of Oregon. God has given me a powerful story through the brutal murder of my daughter of how He can take a tragedy and turn it into a triumph. It is a story of forgiveness and hope that is only possible in Jesus Christ. I have written a book about this experience and have been blessed to share this story in churches, special events and prisons throughout the country.
By Gilbert Gleason, Pastor of Grace Bible Fellowship
At Mission ConneXion Northwest 2006, the ministry of Bert and Colleen Elliot was highlighted in conjunction with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of the five missionaries in Ecuador which included Bert’s younger brother, Jim Elliot.
Sami Hassan became an MBB (Muslim Background Believer) when he and his family came as Kurdish refugees from Northern Iraq to America over 15 years ago, heard the gospel, and committed their lives to Jesus Christ. They moved from Houston to Portland and have been enthusiastic promoters of Mission ConneXion from its inception up to the present time, especially through their involvement with Muslim ConneXion*. We caught up with him for a brief interview after he and his family recently returned from spending the summer in Iraq.
By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director
Years ago while working on a city-wide effort in a foreign city I had a colleague who was invited to join our team because others observed how faithfully he had carried out the most menial tasks without complaining when his supervisor had asked him to do so. He once told me something, tongue-in-cheek, that I have never forgotten: “Everybody wants to be a servant until he is treated like one!”
|Without a PA system, evangelist will have no one to respond to his invitation for no one will hear! And without a 2015 Venue to accommodate 125 workshops, 80 exhibitors and 1500 in an auditorium…there can be no Mission ConneXion Northwest…
By David Irby
Here I was attending Mission ConneXion (MC), the Northwest’s Premier Missions event, for the second time. I smiled to myself and gave an inwards chuckle, as I was one of the last people you would ever expect to be here, not only as an attendee but as the head of a mission agency.