The Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department, in partnership with World Gospel Mission, hosts an annual missions conference during a week focused on global missions, called Missions Emphasis Week. Professor Jamey Gremillion (OCU’s Intercultural Ministries Program Director), Andrea Williamson (WGM’s Student Involvement Director), and Dr. David Lattimer (Missions Superintendent for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union) worked tirelessly to expand the global perspective of our students and to challenge them to be a part of the Great Commission call of the church.
God used this year’s conference speaker, a missionary we will call “Tony,” to speak to the OCU student body in a powerful way. Due security concerns raised by his work in the underground church in China “Tony’s” real name must not be released. He challenged our students in chapel services throughout the week to be totally sold out to God’s call on their lives. He emphasized the dire need of young men and women willing to receive the call to missions since only 4% of their generation claims to be Christian. It was encouraging to see many of our students making a commitment to actively engage in picking up the dropped mission baton and pass it on. Tony also spoke in several of Professor Jamey Gremillion’s Interculture Missions classes, where he was able to interact with a large number of students in a more relaxed setting.
In addition to Tony, students met other missionaries during Mission Emphasis Week. Professor Gremillion found it truly rewarding to watch students come alive and be inspired by theirs and Tony’s ministries and eagerly awaits the fruit that he anticipates will grow from the seeds planted this week. He has already witnessed some things stirring. He shared about one student who received specific direction for the next year as a result of speaking to one of the visiting missionaries. The student is now planning on spending the next year of working with an inner city ministry as a result of this interaction. Others indicated that they are open to being used of God in world missions so asked for prayer and direction to get started.
Please join OCU, the Religion Department and WGM in prayer as we pray for these students and nurture a growing awareness of their personal roles in the Great Commission. Pray that the seeds planted during Missions Emphasis Week will not be negated with the weeds and rocks of distraction, self-interest or personal advancement… rather pray that they find the fertile soil of surrendered hearts and yield a bumper crop of next-generation harvesters.
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