World Mission Workshop recap
Monday, November 19, 2007
Students, missionaries and ministers alike made the journey from around the world to attend the World Mission Workshop on Oklahoma Christian University’s campus in late October.
“Some of the most faithful servants of the church were here to inspire the emerging generation who will soon begin to carry the torch of God’s mission into the future,” Director for International Programs John Osborne said.
All keynote sessions took place in the Payne Athletic Center. Oklahoma Christian University students were on hand to guide visitors to the gym and were invited to listen to keynote speakers who will share their missionary experiences.
Michael Mazzalongo, Yuki Obata, Ben Langford and Gordon Dabbs were this year’s keynote speakers. All of them are currently serving on the mission field. The specific themes of their talks were “Every Tribe, Every Tongue,” “Purchased with Blood,” “A Kingdom of Priests” and “Around the Throne,” respectively.
“We though it was important that all keynote speakers were currently serving as missionaries,” WMW Director Bob Carpenter said.
The WMW was designed with an international reflection. In addition to the four keynote sessions, there were 12 focus sessions and over 35 classes offered as part of the workshop. Topics included “The Rock and the Refugees” and “The Cry of the Muslim World.”
Over 26 “Smorgasbord” Sessions were also held in the conservatory on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. These sessions offered an intimate view of mission opportunities and topics including “China Now – A Chance to Change the World” and “Wishing Well.”
The WMW theme “Every Tribe, Every Tongue” was an idiom for the world-wide power of the gospel.
“Every Tribe Every Tribe was not just about American Christians going out but it’s about trying to reflect that there are many Christians around the world, who are crossing cultural barriers to take the Gospel of Jesus to the whole world,” Carpenter said.
Bob Carpenter estimated that close to 1200 people attended the World Mission Workshop, with 610 people officially registered from off-campus and an additional 510 people from the OC community involved.