1) Where is the largest church in the world? 2) What continent has the most evangelical Christians? 3) What is the largest mission association in the world? 4) Which country sends out the most missionaries per Christian?
The answers may surprise you because, “The Center of Christianity Has Shifted”. This was the topic of our most recent Church Partner Forum held on PIONEERS campus. Our featured speaker was Scott Moreau; author, Professor of Missions & International Studies at Wheaton College and editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly.
If you’re interested in this subject you can read: The Changing Face of World Missions and Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends from a series written by Scott Moreau called, Engaging Missions.
Oh yes, the answers to those questions above are:1) Korea [830,000 members (2007)] 2) Asia 3) India Missions Association 4) Singapore
The theme for our banquet was “International Market,” so we transformed the recreation hall with a few treasures several us have brought back from our time serving in various countries.
Of course no mission trip is complete without the traditional “trunk” to contain all of your possessions.
And, the best mode of transportation for those narrow streets in Asia is the bicycle rickshaw.
This was our International Market Street which lead on around to the street-side night café shown below.
Candle lights on the tables and strands of hanging lights enhanced the night time street café feel.
Without a doubt, our “food affair” was international all the way.
We added to this international atmosphere by having those who could, dress for the occasion in the cultural dress of a country (or they could go “Hawaiian/Floridian”). We had a wide range of countries represented:
Of course, Kelly and I dressed in our Indonesian Batik, as did several others.
Africa was represented by several, including Denny and Nancy (above).
We even had the Middle East attire…thank you Art.
But by far, Tom’s dress was the best…Mongolia!
This is what our group looked like in “normal” dress. It was another successful Church Partner Forum.