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Priest and Mbogo Will Be Keynote Speakers for Missions Week Oct. 4-6

Two prominent, international speakers, Rosemary Mbogo, Ph.D., and Robert Priest, Ph.D., will give the keynote addresses during Northwest Christian University’s Missions Awareness Week, Oct. 4–6.

“The goal for Mission Awareness Week is to educate, equip, and inspire NCU students, faculty, staff, and the community to embrace opportunities to serve in missions locally and globally,” said Agam, Ph.D., assistant professor of Bible and World Christianity and director of NCU’s Center for World Christianity. “The campus community will be engaged throughout the week in discussion about mission work and the various mission opportunities that are available through mission-focused chapels, class visits, a missions fair and a missions conference that is open to local churches in the surrounding area.”

During Mission Awareness Week, students will learn about NCU’s 2019 summer missionary work and locations. Representatives from mission agencies will be on campus to share their experiences and outline the opportunities and challenges of their work, and there will be a Missions Conference for the campus community and local church members to attend to learn more about the opportunities for mission work.

Mission agencies participating in Mission Awareness Week include Action International, CMF International, Frontiers, One Challenge, Young Life, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Ethnos360, Pioneer Bible Translators, and several others.

Mission Awareness Week closes on Friday and Saturday with The Missions Conference themed: Rethinking Short-term Mission. Open to the broader community, the conference will feature keynote addresses from Dr. Mbogo and Dr. Priest, plenary sessions, panel discussions, and break out sessions.

Mbogo will speak on Friday. She serves as the dean, school of Education, Arts and Social Sciences (SEAS), at Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya. Mbogo is the co-founder of two Christian schools in Kenya as well as ByGrace children’s home, which started when she and her husband Stephen, who had two children of their own, began welcoming abandoned orphans from the Nairobi slums into their home. The Mbogo are extensively engaged in evangelism and community development.

Priest is former president of both the Evangelical Missiological Society and the American Society of Missiology. He is one of the premier missiologists of the 21st century, with publications and research interests that focus on a wide variety of missiological topics, including short-term missions, race and ethnicity, witchcraft accusations, missions and money, and anthropology of religion. Dr. Priest, a missionary kid himself, serves as a professor of Anthropology at Taylor University, in Upland, Indiana.

The conference is open to the public at no charge.

“This conference is a vital resource for individuals, churches, and groups engaged in short-term missions,” Iheanyi-Igwe said. “We invite the community to this conference to be inspired by the speakers, and discussions. Whether you are a veteran, new to it, or just considering it, this is an important conference for those who want to give back to their community and the world through mission work.”

See the complete schedule for Mission Week 2018.

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