The Edmond Sun

October 21, 2013

Oklahoma Christian presents World Mission Workshop


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian University will present the 53rd World Mission Workshop Oct. 24-26.

The workshop annually gathers students of missions, missionaries and professors of missions with a passion for sharing the Gospel.

This is the seventh time Oklahoma Christian has hosted the event. Bob Carpenter, professor of ministry and missions, Kent Hartman, missionary-in-residence at Oklahoma Christian, and Ben Langford, director of OC’s Center for Global Missions, are organizing the workshop. This year’s theme is “Renewal.”

In addition to keynote sessions and classes on missions and ministry, one of the workshop’s highlights will be an excursion to the Oklahoma City-based headquarters of Feed the Children, an international nonprofit organization.

Students will participate in a service project after walking through Feed the Children’s interactive “Story of Hope” exhibit, which simulates the conditions of a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

“You walk through this and experience the sights, the sounds, the smells of what it’s like to live in those kind of conditions,” Langford said. “After that experience, students will have the chance to go and serve and pack boxes and feed children around the world.”

The featured speakers for the World Mission Workshop include Fielden Allison, Eric Brandell, Josh Hensal, Kerry Holton, Charles Rix and Chris Rosser.

Allison has been a missionary in Africa for more than 40 years while Brandell has served in Vanuatu since 2005.

Hensal, an Oklahoma Christian graduate, spent six years as a missionary in Vienna, Austria, the hub of OC’s European Studies program. Holton, another OC alumnus, plants communities of faith in Chicago.

Rix is an associate professor of Bible at Oklahoma Christian with a diverse background in ministry, philosophy, academia and international business.

Rosser, who owns undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oklahoma Christian, is OC’s theological librarian. He was a missionary in Japan from 2000 to 2006.

 

FOR MORE information, go to www.oc.edu/wmw.