Hundreds of Moody Bible Institute students committed their lives to cross-cultural ministry on the final day of Moody's annual Missions Conference, held Oct. 9-12. "I've never seen anything like it," said Dr. Paul Nyquist, president of Moody. "Friday, when we gave the call for commitment, nearly half of our students went forward to say, 'I'm in.'"
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Throughout the conference, students heard impactful messages from speakers including Tom Lin, director of Urbana; Daron Butler, pastor of Cross-Cultural Missions and a member of the Navajo Nation; Yolanda Fields, chief program director of Adult Support Network at Breakthrough Urban Ministry; the Rev. Jamie Taylor, director for Mobilization for OMF International and the great-great grandson of Hudson Taylor; and Juan Pena, executive director of the Providence Center for Urban Leadership Development.
"Moody has a wonderful heritage when it comes to world missions," said Taylor who last visited Moody's Chicago campus in 1983 with the North American Chinese Churches. "To be here with that kind of a heritage is a tremendous privilege for me and the Lord continues to use Moody graduates around the world."
The conference theme, "Incarnate," challenged students to live, learn, labor and love with the same attitude as Christ Jesus, who humbled Himself and came to live among us.
Students chose from more than 100 seminar sessions and had opportunities to get to know representatives of the approximately 50 missionary agencies visiting campus. Another highlight was Ethnefest, during which students watched tribal dance performances and sang and prayed in several languages, including Haitian Creole, Spanish, American Sign and four Native American tribal languages. Global prayer groups were also held to intercede for the nations.
Clive Craigen, assistant professor of world missions and evangelism at Moody, summed up the message of the conference: "May we be willing to give up privilege, position and power in the spirit of the Incarnate One."
Moody Bible Institute - Spokane will hold their annual conference for students Nov. 5-6. Dr. Timothy Sisk, chair and professor of World Missions and Evangelism at Moody in Chicago, will serve as keynote speaker. The general public is invited to attend this free conference, which will also feature 34 mission organizations in the exhibit hall. For more information please visit Moody Bible Institute - Spokane's Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.