During our GO conference this year, which ran from January 7-9, we heard challenging messages about embracing missions as a way of life from Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. On the last evening of the conference, Dr. Akin challenged our students with a message from The Journals of Jim Elliot, who died in 1956 at the hands of the Huaorani people of Ecuador, whom he was attempting to evangelize. Elliot’s story remains a powerful testimony to the importance of spreading the Gospel. You can listen to conference messages online.
On January 7-9, Cedarville will host the annual Global Outreach (GO) Conference. We are privileged this year to have Dr. Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as our conference speaker. The GO Conference is a chance for us to hear from the Lord through missionaries, mission agency leaders, and church leaders with a passion for missions. Our students are encouraged to live for maximum Kingdom impact, whether they serve locally or globally. The GO Conference also kicks off a new semester of chapel, where we will continue our series in the book of Nehemiah. You can livestream the GO Conference and daily chapel from our website or from the CU Chapel+ app, available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Approximately 300 Cedarville University students and faculty members went out on 19 Global Outreach teams this summer. They traveled to Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, and Africa, including hard-to-reach communities in China, India, Kosovo, and South Asia. They partnered with missionaries and indigenous churches to serve local communities and present the Gospel. Their hard work and faithfulness resulted in a summer harvest of salvations and discipleship that will go on into eternity.
This summer, a team of Cedarville University nursing and pharmacy students traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of a Global Outreach missions trip. They served hundreds of patients in four villages, shared the Good News of salvation through Jesus, and supported and encouraged a local doctor. The various talents and skills represented on the trip were a strong reminder of how the Lord uses the diverse gifts of His people to bring His love and truth to the world. Watch the video to hear a student testimony from this trip.
Every summer Cedarville Global Outreach sends teams of students, faculty, and staff around the world to share the Gospel, encourage missionaries, and provide practical help to those with physical and spiritual needs. Currently, our team in China is building relationships with Chinese students through games and sports, teaching English, and sharing about the true meaning of Easter. Please pray for this and other teams, that the Lord would open doors for them to have life-changing conversations about faith in Jesus Christ. You can follow along with the various teams through the Global Outreach blog.
More than 150 students, faculty, and staff recently returned from four domestic and 11 international spring break missions trips. Reports are coming in of opportunities to share the Gospel, serve the less fortunate, and pray with people to receive Christ as Savior. I am so encouraged by the sacrificial choices our students make to serve the Lord through Global Outreach during their breaks from campus.
Last fall, our School of Nursing students began partnering with a local ministry called Shoes for the Shoeless, an organization that provides shoes to kids who are in need. Our nursing students worked with the Springfield, Ohio public schools to identify children who would benefit from this ministry and then visited those schools to fit needy children with a new pair of shoes. This partnership has been a powerful reminder of how the Gospel compels Cedarville students to meet physical needs while sharing the hope they have found in Jesus. Watch a moving video showing our nursing students as the hands and feet of Jesus.
Our computer science students have been involved in a very exciting project, combining their vocation with their passion for the Gospel. They have created a smartphone application that can be used as an evangelism and discipleship tool for sharing the Gospel with unreached people groups who have little to no written language. The app was tested last summer in Kenya and Uganda, and they expect to release a final version this year.
This year, we hosted our largest missions conference ever, with 100 missions organizations and more than 50 missionaries on campus. Dr. Kevin Ezell of the North American Mission Board and Cedarville’s own Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, challenged students to not just take the Gospel to places far away, but to live with Gospel purpose and passion wherever He leads them.
Watch the video below for highlights of this year’s Missions Conference.
In a few short days, 101 missionaries and 54 mission agencies will gather on campus for the largest Missions Conference ever hosted by Cedarville University. Dr. Kevin Ezell, President of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), will be our keynote speaker and Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, will give the closing message. My hope and prayer is that God will work in our midst in a powerful way, calling Cedarville students to a lifetime of Gospel purpose at their jobs, in their neighborhoods, and in places where the name of Jesus has not yet been proclaimed.
Chapel sessions will be livestreamed at 10 AM and 7 PM each day.