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.
I’m excited to share with you that Cedarville Magazine is now available online. The fall issue is full of information about Cedarville’s heartbeat for missions and how our Global Outreach department is coming alongside students to help them fulfill the Great Commission locally, nationally, and around the world. You’ll also find stories of faithful alumni who have committed their lives to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to be part of an institution where the Gospel reigns supreme in the lives of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
I love to introduce you to Cedarville students, and this story is particularly special. Hitesh Kewalramani ’21 was raised as a Hindu in India. When he reached college age, he came to the United States to study, beginning at a community college in the Chicago area where he met Ethan Hand ’21. The two began a friendship that led Hitesh to eventually ask, “Why are you different?” That question began a journey for Hitesh that led him to a saving relationship with Jesus and then to Cedarville University for professional training and biblical grounding in his new relationship with God. What a privilege for Cedarville University to have a part in equipping students for a lifetime of ministry! Watch the video below to hear Hitesh’s powerful testimony.
We sent 23 domestic and international teams, with 14 faculty and staff and 171 students, on short-term missions trips this summer. These teams brought the Gospel to patients seeking medical care in the most diverse mile in America, to kids in need at a Kentucky youth camp, to teens in Germany, to young soccer players in Costa Rica, and to kids learning English in the Czech Republic. And they did it all out of obedience to King Jesus and His call to reach the nations. Look for more stories of Gospel impact in this fall’s Cedarville Magazine, which will feature reports from this summer, but also stories of how God is using Cedarville in powerful, long-term ways to build His Kingdom through global outreach. You can read more about our summer teams on the CUGO blog.
For 25 teams and 190 students, faculty, and staff, summer will be a time to serve on domestic and international missions trips. In May, a medical team traveled to Clarkston, Georgia, to meet the healthcare needs and share the Gospel with 90 different people groups who all happen to live within one-square mile. Also, 11 of our string musicians just completed a first-of-its-kind chamber orchestra missions trip to Italy, where they performed and ministered from Rome to Trieste. We ask that you remember our students in prayer as they seek to bring the Gospel to all nations this summer. You can keep up with how they’re doing through the Global Outreach blog.
During this year’s spring break, three nursing students from Cedarville were part of a team that treated 2,500 patients in Nicaragua on a medical missions trip with Global Health Outreach (GHO). Their team saw more than 250 people give their lives to Jesus. This powerful missions trip also revealed to the students the meaning of unity under the leadership of King Jesus. Watch the video below to watch highlights. I pray you’re inspired and encouraged as you learn more about this impactful trip.
This year, Cedarville sent a record 16 teams of 150 students, faculty, and staff to the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and around the United States during spring break. More important than these impressive numbers was the impact of their work for the Gospel around the world. I’ve been privileged to read reports sharing how our students ministered to the downtrodden and suffering, aided the widow and orphan, and shared the good news of salvation uniquely provided through the death and resurrection of Jesus. As an example, our Ivory Coast team, led by Vice President for Academics Dr. Tom Mach and Dean of Nursing Dr. Angie Mickle, saw 167 of 470 patients give their lives to Christ during four days of medical clinics. Read more about our largest-ever contingent of global spring break trips online.
Our School of Nursing is an outstanding training ground for nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse educators. At Cedarville, these future healthcare professionals learn not just how to meet physical needs, but ultimately how to point patients to the One who can save their souls, the Lord Jesus. Some of our nursing students have been applying that compassion and truth to the needs of troubled young people at the Ranch of Opportunity in Fayette County, Ohio. Read more about how these future nurses are serving others.
At our annual Missions Conference each January, respected speakers and missions representatives bring their passion and insight for fulfilling the Great Commission to this great University. Many of our graduates serving in missions first responded to God’s call during this life-changing conference. This year, Tony Merida, founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, was the featured speaker. Jennifer DeKryger, Cedarville alumna and missionary with ABWE International at the Hospital of Hope in Togo, West Africa, shared her powerful testimony of confidence in God’s presence even in the face of death. We were blessed to see how the Lord spurred our students to take the Gospel to all people. Watch archived messages, and you will be blessed as well.
On January 9-11, 2018, Cedarville will host its annual Missions Conference. Our keynote speaker this year is Tony Merida, founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, who will challenge our students to join God’s mission to reach the nations. The Missions Conference captures the heartbeat of Cedarville — an institution of higher education preparing students for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural impact — here and all across the globe. Many of our graduates serving in missions today were stirred to GO during this conference.
The 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Missions Conference chapel sessions will be livestreamed. Please join us!