Workshop to have impact on community
Friday, September 7, 2007
Christian University students have a unique opportunity this to participate in
hosting this year's World Mission Workshop. The theme, "Every Tribe, Every
Tongue," will be part of every activity throughout the three-day event.
the theme "Every Tribe, Every Tongue," we will emphasize three
things: the gospel call is universal and the church today should reflect the
scene described in Revelation, that missions is a global effort, and victory
through sacrifice," WMW Programs and Class Coordinator Curt Niccum said. "Certain
areas of the world desperately need Christ, but those who will accept the call
to those fields will risk everything. We will especially highlight the needs of
the Sudan and Darfur in particular."
WMW launches on Oct. 25 at 7:00. Although listed to run until the following
Saturday, the WMW will continue through midnight on Sunday in order to host a
communion service is a tradition that actually started when OC hosted (the
workshop), and every school has followed this tradition since then. Before this
tradition, the communion service was held at 7:00 Sunday morning, but that was
a problem because the groups who had long distances to travel usually left
Saturday night so that they could get back to their houses," WMW Director
Bob Carpenter said.
for this year's WMW began in December of 2005 after an unexpected personnel
change at Pepperdine University caused the university to back out of the yearly
rotation between Church of Christ affiliated colleges and universities.
these preparations is the WMW Steering Committee which consists of dedicated
members of the Oklahoma Christian community who meet together once a week.
steering committee should definitely be commended for their dedication to meet
every Thursday at 7:00 in the morning," Carpenter said.
keynote speakers are: Michael Mazzalongo, the former Dean of Students at
Oklahoma Christian, currently preaching in Montreal, Canada; missionary Ben
Langford, currently serving in Uganda; Gordon Dabbs, who earned a PhD in
philosophy from the University of Oklahoma and is a prominent leader in
Brazilian missions; and Yuki Obata, who preaches in Mito, Japan. Obata
continues to strengthen ties with Oklahoma Christian through a relationship
with Ibaraki Christian University, the Pacific Rim study abroad students and
the long-term Ibaraki exchange students.
four of these men are excellent missionaries, godly men and very competent at
what they do," Carpenter said.
workshop will include four keynote speeches, specialized mid-sized group
sessions and a diverse array of intimate classroom settings. Class topics
include missions preparation, site selection, field needs, re-entry into the
home culture after mission work and missions and family dynamics. In addition
to these opportunities, OC will be adding another opportunity for those
attending the workshop.
new addition to the workshop is what we are calling 'smorgasbord.' We will have
a number of tables arranged in the conservatory where students can roam from
table to table and hear very short presentations about a number of specific
ministries or mission areas. This will allow for a broad dissemination of
important information and also help students decide which classes on Saturday
they might want to attend to find out more," Niccum said.
can open doors for Oklahoma Christian students who choose to take part in the
workshop. Students can expect to hear about new mission efforts and progress in
efforts in which they were already involved. One of these is a focus on Third
really excited about the continual focus on Third Culture Kids like the last
few WMWs have done. Most people don't know yet what TCKs are, but the word is
getting out and more and more TCKs are realizing that they are not alone in
their 'cultural identity crisis.,'" WMW Steering Committee student
representative Miranda Brazle said. "A TCK is an individual who spent a
significant amount of their developing years in a culture that is not that of
their parents. The WMW will focus on this, not just for current TCKs, but also
for anyone who is a missionary or hopes to be a missionary so they can be
prepared with the knowledge of what their children might be like growing up in
different cultures. I believe that Cherry Hart will be doing a class on this:
raising children on the mission field."
success of the WMW relies on participation from the Oklahoma Christian student
body. A unified effort from the entire Oklahoma Christian campus community can
inspire visitors and encourage Christians from around the world.
great participation from the student body will be crucial for the World Mission
Workshop to go smoothly and make an impact on both the student body and
off-campus visitors," advisor WMW Steering Committee student secretary and
financial Chad Lukkason said.
days of prayer initiative, begun Aug. 26, continues in its purpose to unite
congregations, communities and students in prayer for guidance over the WMW.
can help in the preparation process in many ways, including being a part of the
prayer effort. Another opportunity is in
need to be prepared to house over 1,000 students, so it is critical that people
volunteer their space. Also very important is people volunteering during the
actual workshop just to be available to direct people to appropriate buildings.
Students can pray for this endeavor. None of this is possible without God, and
we need to be thanking Him and involving Him in every step," WMW Steering
Committee Campus Environment Representative Jamie Canham said.
of the 2007 WMW is to involve as many campus ministries at public colleges and
universities as possible.
campus ministries at OU, OSU and SWOSU have shown a lot of support for the
World Mission Workshop in the past. We're really hoping to get the students at
the University of Central Oklahoma involved this year, too," WMW
Advertising Coordinator Erik Tryggestad said. "The Westwood Church of
Christ has a tremendous outreach to UCO students, and we'd love to see a bunch
of them at the workshop. UCO has a great, diverse student body from across the
globe. The school itself is a mission field too often neglected by our
the theme of this WMW is international, there is also an acknowledgment of the
need for local missionary activity.
hope that the WMW will have a profound impact on the way the members of the OC
community view our place in the world. The workshop is titled 'world' mission
workshop, but I hope it helps people realize that missions really begins right
here at home. Missionaries are important in following the Lord's great
commission, but they can't do it alone," WMW Steering Committee student
multimedia coordinator Spencer Goad said.
mission efforts are truly world-wide and reaching more and more people every
Christian world is changing rapidly. Recent research shows that Africa has more
Churches of Christ than the U.S. I've seen similar estimates from India. That
means that two-thirds of the membership of Churches of Christ is outside the
U.S. – and that's not even counting Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Pacific
Rim. Christianity is a global phenomenon, and I really hope that this workshop
will give all of us a better sense of what God is doing in our world. It's an
exciting time," Tryggestad said.
WMW may be the first and last time Oklahoma Christian students will host and be
active in such a worldwide event.
need to get the word out and raise awareness so that people can understand what
this is. This is an incredible opportunity that the OC community has and it is
right on our doorstep. This probably will not happen again for ten years
because more schools are getting in the rotation. Our last time to host was in
1999; now it is 2007. We probably will not host this again until around 2020.
People must realize how rare this opportunity is," Carpenter said.