Here's what to expect and how to sign up
Sunday Morning | March 11
"From [un]KNOWN to Known: Proclaiming the KNOWN Gospel in Central Asia" – Shohrat P.
From the moment that God first opened Shohrat’s heart to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, God gave him a burden for the salvation of others in his former Soviet Union country. He says of his years growing up, “In my heart, I was a Muslim, but in my head, I was an atheist.” When his brother-in-law became a Christ-follower, Shohrat argued with him, but at the same time, he was curious about Jesus who was different from other prophets. He became a pastor in their capital city and saw the first church in their country grow to more than 100 followers of Christ. After fleeing their country, he, Maya and their children, eventually arrived in the U.S. in 2004. In 2013, the ministry they founded, Gospel Wave Media Ministry, opened, enabling them to produce Gospel programs to broadcast daily in their Central Asian homeland.
Sunday Morning | March 18
"An Unexpected Opportunity" – Maggie Konstanski, World Relief
Maggie is World Relief’s Middle East Technical and Operations Coordinator. She has been working in the humanitarian response and international development sector for the past eight years. Maggie’s work has focused on conflict-affected and displaced populations, with a special focus on protection and psychosocial programs in the Middle East. She is responsible for program development, technical advising for protection programming, and coordination with local and international partners.
SATURDAY | March 10 | 9:30am | WOMEN'S BREAKFAST | Cost $10
“Coming to Know the KNOWN God” – Maya N. was born and raised in a large Muslim family in Central Asia and accepted Jesus at the age of 20. After enduring threats and hiding “underground,” she and her husband Shohrat (our Sunday March 11 speaker) moved across former Soviet Union before reaching safety. In 2004, they relocated with their children to the United States where Maya is now involved in Gospel Wave Media Ministry.
If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you are welcome to join us for the program starting at 11:00am in the Worship Center.
WEDNESDAY | March 14 | ALL-CHURCH DINNER
5:30pm – All-church dinner, $10/adult; $5/kids ages 4-10; free/kids 3 years and younger; Family cap/$45
7:00pm - Adult Program
“Once Known: Taking the Known God to North Africa” – Brad, Black Rock global partner | Lake Volta, Ghana, report from IJM – Richard Lee
Adults will meet in the Worship Center for a time of worship before hearing Brad, a Black Rock global partner, talk about how God is touching lives in countries throughout North Africa. Additionally, Richard Lee, representing International Justice Mission, will share about progress they are making in rescuing children from slavery on Lake Volta in Ghana.
Our featured speaker, Brad, grew up in Zaire (now the Dem Rep of Congo) where his father was a medical doctor. Brad and Kristen met at Wheaton College and were married in 1994. After Brad earned his MDiv from seminary in 2000, Brad and Kristen moved to North Africa where they served for 12 years, followed by 4 years in Spain. Brad is the Regional Leader for their organization for teams across Northern Africa, and Kristen reaches immigrants through teaching ESL. Brad & Kristen have 3 children: Nikole (20), Deven (19), and Lukas (15).
If you are unable to join us for dinner, please feel welcome to attend the program starting at 7:00.
7:00pm - Kids Program
"THUMBs up for Missions" Kids’ program for grades 1-6; preschool program for ages 3-K. Child care provided for children 2 and younger.
Please register your kids for the Wednesday evening kids program and/or child care when you purchase your tickets for the all-church dinner.
SATURDAY | March 17 | 8:00am | MEN'S BREAKFAST | Cost $10
“From Atheism to …” - Dr. Peter Kuzmic is Founder and President of New Europe Vision and the Evangelical Theological Seminar in Osijek, Croatia. Exciting and sometime difficult things are assailing the churches in the Balkans, especially as churches reach into Serbia and Kosovo, countries dominated by Islam.
• Host a missionary in your home during their stay
• Invite a missionary to have a meal with you
• Welcome a missionary to speak at your Community Group
• Provide transportation to and from the airport
• Loan a missionary a car
Please stop by and sign up at the hospitality table in the Welcome Center or contact Maria Feay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year the Board of Missions establishes a financial goal in order to continue support of our current missionary family. Our goal this year is over $1 million. Please prayerfully considering what God would have you give in 2018-19 in support of our missionaries. Pledge cards will be made available during our conference.
We would like each Black Rock missionary and missionary partner to have 10 Black Rock prayer partners, requiring over 900 slots to be filled. This is a wonderful way to encourage and support a missionary while also enriching your prayer life. Our missionaries would tell you that they would never dare to do their work without prayer support behind them. Sign up during the conference at our table in the Worship Center.
Want to change a piece of the world? STAMP stands for Short Term Adult Missions Program. These teams are made up of 10 to 30 people who sometimes give up their vacation time to come alongside our missionaries both overseas and here in the US. It’s a great way to find out what our missionaries do and is a life-changing experience!