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Prayer ConneXion 2019

May 17-18, 2019
Southwest Hills Baptist Church
9100 SW 135th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97008

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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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From the Blog

Is TJD for You?

By Bill MacLeod

 

Vickie was working for The Walt Disney Studios when she was prompted to take the 15-week, Perspectives course at a church near her home outside LA. She had spent over 30 years in positions focused on leadership and business development, strategic planning, technology, research and development, innovation, and creativity. Feeling a hunger to know and do more for Jesus, she registered for a weekend retreat that promised to help her identify next steps in her journey. After The Journey Deepens (TJD) weekend retreat, her life changed.

Today, Vickie Warren is the ceo of MissionNext, formerly The Finishers Project, which offers “Pathways to connect God’s people with options to serve”.  It is also the parent organization of The Journey Deepens.  For over 11 years now, The Journey Deepens has been helping guide hundreds of people just like Vickie into their next assignment.

Mission ConneXion has been privileged to partner with TJD every year since 2012 because with 60% of its participants finding their place in missions within 3 years of going through a TJD weekend, they’re the best group we know to help people discover their own unique onramp to missions. Here’s what others have said of their experience.

Here’s how a TJD weekend works:

  •  Attendees are divided into small groups of 6-8 people each and each group has two cross-cultural experienced missionaries as coaches.
  • There are 4 plenary sessions, each one dealing with a particular topic, followed by a 1/2 hour time for each person to be alone with the Lord to process what they have just heard.
  • Then they come together in the small groups for an hour to talk through what they have heard, ask their questions and learn from the coaches. These groups are the ‘heart and soul’ of the weekend.
  • The four themes covered have to do with:  1) Spiritual preparation for missions service, 2) Your next role in missions (Goer, Sender, Mobilizer), 3) Prayer (a Concert of Prayer is used to model and engage in prayer for the nations), 4) Spiritual warfare.

Like Vickie, you may be in a career that is completely satisfying to you, “being Jesus” in your work environment. You may also wonder, like Vickie, if the Lord could use your career skills and experiences in an environment that is completely dedicated to the furtherance of the Gospel, and the Great Commission…and not known quite how to proceed. The Journey Deepens Portland 2019 weekend is April 12-13!  If you would like to register, click here.

What can you lose?

Are You Seeking Fresh Vision?

In his book, Fresh Vision for the Muslim World, veteran missionary to the Middle East, Mike Kuhn, offers an alternative response to the current conflicts of the West with the Muslim world that goes beyond the response of confrontation offered at the state and political level. Jesus’ approach to the Samaritan woman was similar to the reaction of Rachel Saint and Elizabeth Elliot to the Waorani people who had killed their husbands in Ecuador in 1956.

 

They did not seek to vindicate their husband’s deaths upon these Stone Age enemies, any more than Jesus desired to bring harm to the hated and despised Samaritans. Mike posits that, like them, our response ought to be motivated by the incarnation – passion that Jesus Christ receives His rightful place of glory among the peoples of the Middle East.

 

Mike Kuhn grew up in N. Carolina, married his wife Stephanie in 1983, and for 22 years they lived in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. His ongoing friendship with believer from an Islamic background has continued to influence him both in those relationships and in his understanding of God’s heart to draw all peoples to Himself.

 

Mike will be our speaker at Crescent ConneXion on March 22-23, 2019, at Village Baptist Church, along with our friend, Fouad Masri, who is returning after helping us launch Crescent ConneXion in 2012. Even if you are not seeking fresh vision, please join us!

 

To register and/or learn more about this special two-day conference, Loving Your Neighbor from the 10/40 Window…click here.

By Bill MacLeod

What was Worth It?

WHAT WAS WORTH IT?

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

Mission ConneXion Northwest proved to be, once again with God’s help, another record turnout underscoring an enthusiastic “Yes!” to the question raised by our “Worth It?” theme. Our plenary speakers brought so much from their own lives to help us frame the question:

  • Luis Palau introduced us to an ordinary Wycliffe missionary friend who, “didn’t comb his hair…wore Salvation Army clothes…and shuffled when he walked” to indelibly fix on our minds that Jesus is worth it and if we love Him and are faithful to obey Him, He will even move the hearts of dictators through us…
  • Heather Mercer shared how she was told growing up she could be “anything she wanted to be” by her parents, but when she chose a ‘career’ to bring His Name to the ends of the earth; she was “not the number one draft pick”, and that was the only profession her parents did not want her to choose…” but Jesus has always proven to be “worth it”.
  • Nik Ripken talked about all those Somalians he and his wife worked closely with, as dear friends, who counted Jesus as very much “worth it” – but who all lost their lives for their faithfulness to Him.
  • York Moore shared how growing up an atheist, and destitute in Detroit, Jesus became “worth it” to him in college when he compared his life to that of a firefly, and sin like a spider, and was transformed through the power of the gospel!

If you missed any of them, you can still watch their presentations here.

What else was really “Worth It”? Here are some of the big winners:

  • Workshops: 3 of the “top 10” in attendance were brand new entries: “Apologetics for Kids”; “Gospel vs. Social Justice”; and “Next Gen”.
  • Churches: 546 were represented in total with nearly 60% of churches drawing multiple attendees. 3 of the “Top 10” churches bringing the greatest number of attendees came from 50 miles away or more! Host Rolling Hills Church was “#1” with 60 in attendance!
  • Attendees: People came from 20 States and 4 Countries (including China and the UAE), and almost 30% were first-timers!
  • Live-Streaming: 7 countries and 15 different States tuned in to watch online!
  • Book Store: first time for Willamette Valley Christian Supply in Corvallis at MCNW. Owner Kevin Ferguson and his team did an awesome job!
  • Leadership ConneXion: 170 maxed out the largest room at Rolling Hills Church.
  • Worship: “Chasing Ebenezer” duo, Ben and Heidi Sadler, were rated by attendee surveys to be, perhaps, “best ever” based on content, volume, and spirit sensitivity.
  • Volunteer Team: over 160 were trained, and most of our “leads” were brand new this year. They rallied and make it happen every year. Without them, and the gracious, partnering efforts of Rolling Hills Church – this event would never get off the ground.
  • Matching Gift Effort: Generous attendees – we’re only about $5000 shy of matching our $30,000 goal! If you would like to donate, you may send a check to PO Box 91338, Portland, OR 97291, or give Online here.

Finally, what did attendees say was “Worth It” for them?

Here, from our post-conference Survey, in their own words…

  • “I have been sharing what I learned at this Conference…with tears in my eyes.”
  • “No words enough. I am now less “clueless” about the suffering within our Body, the Church…”
  • “As exhibitors, it was one of the best…we got 30 new contact cards & lots of networking!”
  • “God made it clear I was to go on my 1st short term mission…MCNW was used by God to prepare me to say yes.”
  • I prayed a lot before attending for the Holy Spirit to show me where He is leading me and he did~ and I knew it when I connected with one of the exhibitors. Praise God!
  • I was a volunteer and I was so blessed!!
  • I was greatly impacted by Luis Palau’s quote, “Keep at it laddie. God loves to hear men speak well of His Son,” stuck with me.

If you participated with us this year – Thank You! If you were unable to, please check out the recorded, free, plenary and workshop sessions here.  We trust that this event allowed Jesus and His Gospel, to become more “worth it” for you, and that as a result, you know where you fit in His plan to reach the nations!

 

 

What Was Worth It?

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

Mission ConneXion Northwest proved to be, once again with God’s help, another record turnout underscoring an enthusiastic “Yes!” to the question raised by our “Worth It?” theme. Our plenary speakers brought so much from their own lives to help us frame the question:

  • Luis Palau introduced us to an ordinary Wycliffe missionary friend who, “didn’t comb his hair…wore Salvation Army clothes…and shuffled when he walked” to indelibly fix on our minds that Jesus is worth it and if we love Him and are faithful to obey Him, He will even move the hearts of dictators through us…
  • Heather Mercer shared how she was told growing up she could be “anything she wanted to be” by her parents, but when she chose a ‘career’ to bring His Name to the ends of the earth; she was “not the number one draft pick”, and that was the only profession her parents did not want her to choose…” but Jesus has always proven to be “worth it”.
  • Nik Ripken talked about all those Somalians he and his wife worked closely with, as dear friends, who counted Jesus as very much “worth it” – but who all lost their lives for their faithfulness to Him.
  • York Moore shared how growing up an atheist, and destitute in Detroit, Jesus became “worth it” to him in college when he compared his life to that of a firefly, and sin like a spider, and was transformed through the power of the gospel!

If you missed any of them, you can still watch their presentations here.

What else was really “Worth It”? Here are some of the big winners:

  • Workshops: 3 of the “top 10” in attendance were brand new entries: “Apologetics for Kids”; “Gospel vs. Social Justice”; and “Next Gen”.
  • Churches: 546 were represented in total with nearly 60% of churches drawing multiple attendees. 3 of the “Top 10” churches bringing the greatest number of attendees came from 50 miles away or more! Host Rolling Hills Church was “#1” with 60 in attendance!
  • Attendees: People came from 20 States and 4 Countries (including China and the UAE), and almost 30% were first-timers!
  • Live-Streaming: 7 countries and 15 different States tuned in to watch online!
  • Book Store: first time for Willamette Valley Christian Supply in Corvallis at MCNW. Owner Kevin Ferguson and his team did an awesome job!
  • Leadership ConneXion: 170 maxed out the largest room at Rolling Hills Church.
  • Worship: “Chasing Ebenezer” duo, Ben and Heidi Sadler, were rated by attendee surveys to be, perhaps, “best ever” based on content, volume, and spirit sensitivity.
  • Volunteer Team: over 160 were trained, and most of our “leads” were brand new this year. They rallied and make it happen every year. Without them, and the gracious, partnering efforts of Rolling Hills Church – this event would never get off the ground.
  • Matching Gift Effort: Generous attendees – we’re only about $5000 shy of matching our $30,000 goal! If you would like to donate, you may send a check to PO Box 91338, Portland, OR 97291, or give Online here.

Finally, what did attendees say was “Worth It” for them?

Here, from our post-conference Survey, in their own words…

  • “I have been sharing what I learned at this Conference…with tears in my eyes.”
  • “No words enough. I am now less “clueless” about the suffering within our Body, the Church…”
  • “As exhibitors, it was one of the best…we got 30 new contact cards & lots of networking!”
  • “God made it clear I was to go on my 1st short term mission…MCNW was used by God to prepare me to say yes.”
  • I prayed a lot before attending for the Holy Spirit to show me where He is leading me and he did~ and I knew it when I connected with one of the exhibitors. Praise God!
  • I was a volunteer and I was so blessed!!
  • I was greatly impacted by Luis Palau’s quote, “Keep at it laddie. God loves to hear men speak well of His Son,” stuck with me.

If you participated with us this year – Thank You! If you were unable to, please check out the recorded, free, plenary and workshop sessions here.  We trust that this event allowed Jesus and His Gospel, to become more “worth it” for you, and that as a result, you know where you fit in His plan to reach the nations!

An Interview with Heather Mercer, MCNW 2019 Speaker

We asked 2019 MCNW speaker, Heather Mercer about her faith journey, and several questions about this year’s theme, “Worth it?”  Get to know Heather more, and be blessed by her compelling testimony below.

When did you first surrender something tangible and stand completely on faith? Was it worth it?

When I was in college, God challenged me to value people more than possessions and position, and to live among the poor.

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We asked 2019 speaker, York Moore, what is “Worth it?”

We are thankful for York’s willingness to answer a few questions around this year’s theme, “Worth it?” Settle in and get to know York in this personal interview about his faith, and how he chooses to follow Jesus every day.

When did you first surrender something tangible and stand completely on faith? Was it worth it?

Growing up in poverty, I strove to succeed in college.  I was fortunate to go to an amazing school-the University of Michigan (Go Blue!).  I graduated with honors and landed a dream job.  There, I worked hard and excelled, making more money than I had ever dreamed possible.  I also started my own consultancy, servicing several Fortune 50 companies as an information broker.  Times were very good, but fear was always close at hand.  Memories of going to bed hungry while squatting in an abandoned building with no electricity would often fuel my fears and keep me going.  Whenever my career or clients became difficult, I always thought back on how hard things were growing up.

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