MISSIONS MONTH 2020
2020 Impact Trip interest meeting after each gathering
February 24 – March 2
Cold Weather Shelter
*applications are due February 29 for 2020 Impact Trips
February 23, 2020 // 4:30 – 7P
The Missions Festival aims to equip and empower you to be bold and courageously live out the gospel.
All workshops will be offered at both times, with the exception of “Human Trafficking Prevention Education for Youth,” which will take place during both workshop time blocks.
Welcome, Food, and
5:15 – 6P
6:15 – 7P
Click below to learn more about each workshop offering and speakers.
“Impacting the Broken World through the Local Church”
Work with the local churches in Uganda to lead community transformation in a sustainable way. As Senior Vice President of Strategic Engagement, James Misner helps churches, foundations, and individuals stand with the vulnerable in the U.S. and around the world. James seeks to facilitate meaningful cross-cultural experiences that lead to deeper levels of discipleship. Prior to joining World Relief, James served on the pastoral staff at Wheaton Bible Church leading global outreach efforts and also served on the outreach staff of McLean Bible Church.
“Using Business to Creatively Access Countries.”
Many nations are expelling foreign missionaries, closing doors, and making situations extremely difficult for indigenous churches. In response, we must be creative and offer business options to gain entry to these nations. Alex Guo is a successful entrepreneur who has developed a consulting company here in Maryland that employs over 50 full time workers. He has a vision of establishing a software development company along the silk road. Come and hear the vision of using technology to gain entry to the closed nations to make an impact for the gospel.
“A Taste of Turkey”
Middle East I
Join the Middle East Focus Area team for a “Taste of Turkey” to learn about our field workers, experience a bit of Turkish food and culture, and learn more about GCC’s heart for the Middle East.
“Understanding the Immigration and Refugee Crisis”
Middle East II
Immigration has become a polarizing economic, political, and social issue in the United States. Amid all the contradictory rhetoric, what are the facts about immigration? What is a Christian’s responsibility to immigrants? Karen González is seeking to see and love her neighbors as God commanded. She is a speaker, writer, and immigrant advocate, who herself immigrated from Guatemala as a child. Karen is a former public school teacher and attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where she studied theology and missiology. She has worked as a non-profit professional and currently works for World Relief, an organization that serves immigrants and refugees. She is the author of The God Who Sees: Immigrants, The Bible, and the Journey to Belong (Herald Press, May 2019), a book about her own immigration story and the many immigrants found in the Bible.
“Discipleship-Making Movement among the Muslim Nations”
God is drawing more Muslims to himself in this decade more than ever before. We must be ready and prepared to participate in what God is doing among the Muslim countries. Larry LeGrande has served Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPG)/Unreached People Groups (UPG) of Indonesia and Southeast Asia since 1989. He serves on the boards of the national UUPG/UPG Network of Indonesia and as the Director of IMPACT Indonesia. Both networks have served to reduce the number of UUPGs from over 150 to less than 50 over the last 20 years, and they have also seen multiple streams of 20 plus generations of church planting movements develop in several UPGs. See www.IMPACTsoutheastasia.com for more information.
“Redeeming Baltimore City”
FCA & Park Heights Saints
The vision of FCA is to see the world transformed by God through the influence of coaches and athletes. And one of our favorite questions to ask is, “What does the world transformed look like for you?” Whoever you are, whatever your dream is, and wherever God has you, we all have influence, and this influence can be used by God in big ways.
Join us at our mission’s workshop to learn about the Park Heights Saints football program, which was birthed out of one man’s dream to see Baltimore City transformed. We will explore the needs in Baltimore and how Coach Garrick used his unique gifting to address the needs in his neighborhood. We will also discuss how each of us can begin to dream and join God’s work toward redemption in our own communities.
“Human Trafficking Prevention Education for Youth” (Ages 11+)
*This workshop will take place during both workshop blocks (5:15 – 7P).
Grace4Freedom and Araminta (youth workshop)
Traffickers are masters at preying on the vulnerabilities of children and youth, making all minors at-risk for child sex trafficking. It is imperative that youth understand what human trafficking is and the scope of the problem in our communities. Youth will learn the “hooks” and recruitment strategies used by traffickers in recruiting children, Learn how to protect themselves and their friends, and how to respond to potential trafficking. *This series is interactive and utilizes activities and a multi-media presentation to engage students in the learning process. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: • Understand what child sex trafficking is and how to protect themselves through hands on interactive lessons • Neutralize the dangers of social media • Understand the recruitment strategies used by traffickers • Empower youth to take notice when their sibling(s) or friends or someone they see may be in danger and know how to respond
“Human Trafficking Demand Response”
Grace4Freedom and Araminta (adult workshop)
This presentation focuses on what fuels human trafficking. We will learn about the realities of our hypersexualized society and how these hypersexualized messages are received by children at a young age. We will discuss the supply and demand chain, why men buy sex, the truth about pornography, and the beliefs and hidden relational needs that create bondage not only for the trafficked but for the buyers and the traffickers. This presentation is challenging, but also grace-filled. How can we contribute a counter-message to our culture and stop turning human beings into commodities? Without demand, there will be no supply.
“Evangelism in a Changing World”
University of Maryland
This workshop will focus on learning how college students are engaging in spiritual conversations on campus. You will learn ways students initiate and start spiritual conversations in a non-threatening way using different tools and questions. You leave with a greater understanding of how to use questions to engage spiritually.