Nipawin Bible College hosted our Missions Conference Friday & Saturday, October 30-31. Our theme this year was Missional or Missions-Minded? Do We Have to Choose? Mission representatives from across Canada and the globe were on campus to share their stories of God’s work in the world.
See highlights here:
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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
Awareness – As believers in Jesus Christ, we are a part of the body of Christ. This includes the church outside our own local setting. As we gather together we are faced with the stories that can encourage us to know that God is working all over the world. It also makes us more aware of the challenges faced by believers who share and live out the gospel on a daily basis.
Mobilization – Christ has chosen his church as the vehicle to share the gospel message of hope and freedom. As we become aware we also must act. We should leave the conference challenged to pray differently and live differently.
Tim grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the son of American Baptist missionaries. After college and graduate school, while attending Westminster Seminary, he felt the Lord leading him to mission work in Theological Education in the country where he had grown up. On the way there, he met Susan, and they were married in 1982. They have four children, all born during the years that they were working in Congo (1982 to 1996). All four are now married and Tim and Susan now have four grandchildren as well.
After their years in Congo, Tim did his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and then taught for 10 years at Briercrest College and Seminary. He has just begun a third career as a pastor of a Mennonite Brethren church in Moose Jaw. Since 2003 he has also had the privilege of returning to eastern Congo for a month or two each year, to do research and to teach at Shalom University in Bunia.