Could the city noted repeatedly, as the most “unreached city” in the US, actually attract over 8000 to the largest 2 day mission conference event of its kind in the Northwest? When, what, where, and why…?
It’s true! Kelly and I were there and experienced the excitement of it all! On Jan 18th and 19th we attended the Mission ConneXion Northwest 2008. The city is Portland, Oregon, and Rolling Hills Community Church of Tualatin hosted this massive missions conference sponsored by over 200 northwest area churches. That’s the when, the what and the where.
The “why” is: to ignite and mobilize churches and individuals of all denominations to a greater understanding of where they ‘fit’ in God’s Global Purposes. It’s all about fulfilling the Great Commission.
What Was It Like?
There were keynote speakers like Luis Palau (International Evangelist) and Heather Mercer (the missionary to Iraq, held captive by Taliban in Afghanistan). Dynamic! The workshops covered a wide range of topics from mission strategy for churches, to mission programs for children workers.
Kelly and I represented Pioneers as one of about 70 mission agencies hosting exhibits and providing information about work being done – and needing to be done – in countries around the world.
From Friday afternoon & evening, and all day Saturday, we shared and prayed with people of all ages about the practical ways they could help take the gospel to the least reached peoples of the world.
Mary, (not her real name) was a 62 year old saint with a heart and ministry for prison ministry.
A short-term trip with her pastor to Africa had ignited a vision in to make her remaining years on earth count. Her desire is to “set the captives free” by showing prisoners that no sin is too great for God to forgive, no matter what they may have done. I got to hear her testimony and pray for her.
There were many others; the 24 year old school teacher with a heart for the Middle East, an American-Indonesian couple wanting to see the Gospel taken to Southeast Asia and many more. (Oh yes, Kelly & I got to practice our Indonesian with them even though their English is excellent.)
TO TOP ALL OF THAT OFF:
Well…I’ll just let you read the email that was sent to all 70 of us who were exhibitors…
Life Impact is a ministry providing missionary care in hosted facilities. Our home in Sunriver, Oregon — The Oasis — has been serving missionaries since 2004. Each year at the MissionConneXion we hold a drawing for a 3-day, 2-night free stay at the Oasis. This year the winners were:
Kelly & Connie McClelland
Director & Assistant Director of Church Partnerships
This resort is located south of Bend, Oregon in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with a myriad of outdoor activities, from skiing, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, biking, and much more. So, don’t be surprised when some time in the next year or so, you read here on our blog that we are back in Oregon enjoying the great northwest high-desert scenery. GOD IS GOOD!