News Releases 2009

LETU to host 45th Annual Missions Emphasis Week from Jan 26-30

Wed, Jan 14 2009

LeTourneau University will host the 45 th annual Missions Emphasis Week from Monday, Jan. 26 to Friday, Jan. 30 at various locations throughout the campus. The public is invited. This year’s theme, “All people...All Means...for the sake of the Gospel. Where do you fit in?” corresponds to LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford’s theme of global implications to answer God’s call: Every workplace in every nation.
“We are thankful for the many missionaries from the 30 mission organizations that will be represented here this week,” said LETU Chaplain Harold Carl.  “Their faithful attendance makes this event one of the more memorable times during a student’s life here at LETU.”
            Kicking off the Missions Emphasis Week will be Malcolm Hunter, founder and shepherd of the Nomadic Peoples Network.  He will speak in chapel from 10:25 to 11:05 a.m. Monday, Jan 26, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center at 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.
            Hunter has served in missions for 45 years and has been in partnership with the U.S. Center for World Mission for the last 10 years. The Nomadic Peoples Network works to ferment communication across cultures, countries and continents.
 “End of the Spear,” a movie about redemptive work following the death of missionaries killed in the jungles of Ecuador, will be shown from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in the Belcher Center.  “End of the Spear" tells the story of Mincayani, a Waodani tribesman after five young missionaries, among them Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, are speared to death by the Waodani in 1956. A series of events unfold to change the lives of not only the slain missionaries' families, but also Mincayani and his people.
Nate Saint’s son, well-known author Steve Saint, will speak in the Belcher Center chapel from 10:25 to 11:05 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.  The younger Saint was born and raised in Ecuador where his father was a jungle pilot.
Thursday, Jan. 29, events for Mission Emphasis week include the Every Workplace/Every Nation Roundtable discussion at 11 a.m. in the Belcher Center.  That evening, small-group missions seminars will be held in a variety of locations around campus.  They are as follows:
Missions seminars from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  in the following assigned rooms:
o    JAARS, Inc. Roger Krenzin “Wings for the Word”
 Room 104, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    Friends in Action, Tim Johnson & Gary Ferch “Building the Missions Infrastructure”
 Room 105, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    New Tribes, Jeff Werley “An Army of One”
 Room 106, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    Cross World, Larry Sharp “Business as Missions”
 Room 139, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    WEC International, Patrick Dennis “Church Planting Among Muslims”
§ Room 140, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    OMF International, Alex Toorman “Islam in SE Asia”
§ Room 134, Longview Hall
o    Trans World Radio, Daryl & Carol VanDyken “Ministry-Driven Technology”
§ Room 137, Longview Hall
o    Missionary Tech Team, James Wood & Tom Brewington “Technology and Missions”
§ Room 140A, Longview Hall
Mission Seminars from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
o    Kingdom Air Corps, Dwayne King “Church Planting With Aviation in Alaska”
§ Room 104, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    Cross World, P.S. & Jim O’Neill “Do I Have What It Takes?”
§ Room 105, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    Network of Int. Christian Schools, Bill Sparks “NICS”
§ Room 106, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission, Sandi and Bill Graf “Motivation and Money in Missions”
§ Room 139, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    Arab World Ministries, Dennis Brice “Technology and Business—The Cutting Edge of our Ministry”
§ Room140, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    Tri-Grace Ministries, Chip & Jamie Thompson “Why Mormonism is Not Christian”
§ Room 134, Longview Hall
o    Gospel for Asia, Matt Selay and Kim Smith “Are We Really Reaching the Lost?”
§ Room 137, Longview Hall
o    HCJB Global, John Swart “Harnessing Technology for International Evangelism”
§ Room 140A, Longview Hall
Mission Seminars from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
o    Mission Aviation Fellowship, Ron Hilbrands “Aviation—Alive and Well in Missions”
§ Room 104, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    Barnabas Int., Judy Keith “Cross-Cultural Transition”
§ Room 105, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    The Master’s Mission, Dan Larsen & Shayne Russel “Classical Missions for a Contemporary World”
§ Room 106, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    OMS International, Audrey and Jose Banales “What is Blinding the Mexican People?”
§ Room 139, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    SIM, Dick Ackley “Personalized Strategy Map”
§ Room 140, Heath Hardwick Hall
o    Avant Ministries, Philip/Sylvia Schroeder “Short Cycle Church Planting”
§ Room 134, Longview Hall
            Dr. Jim O’Neill, the former president of CrossWorld mission organization,  will be closing the 45 th annual Missions Emphasis Week from 10:25 to 11:05 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, in the Belcher Center.
O’Neill served for 13 years as a church planting missionary in the Philippines. He began his ministry at Liberty University as Director of World Missions.  He was appointed by the board of CrossWorld to serve as President in 2000 and continues to carry the mission of the Great Commission as he seeks to mobilize this generation for the sake of the Gospel.