Missions Conference 2017
March 25 - April 2
Unfinished: Writing the Next Chapter
Black Rock Church, founded in 1859, sent out its first missionary in 1933. In 1955, under the leadership of Pastor Stan Allaby, Black Rock celebrated the first Global Missions Conference. This year, we celebrate our 60th Conference. We are proud of missionaries we have supported, past and present. Through the work of the Holy Spirit and the witness and labor of our missionaries and ministry partners, countless people have become Christ followers and been baptized.
The theme of the conference is Unfinished: Writing the Next Chapter. Until the Lord returns, Christ’s command to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19) is Unfinished. With the leading of the Holy Spirit, Black Rock has been given the challenge to help Write the Next Chapter in God’s story.
During this special week, we will rejoice at God’s faithfulness in our past and also talk about our future. We are grateful to be part of God’s plan to reach the world with the Gospel.
Highlights of the Week:
SATURDAY, April 1
Men’s Breakfast | 8:00 am
Cost: $10 | Tickets available online or at Missions table on Sunday.
Speaker: Jaime L. - Jaime is our newest global partner. He and his family are preparing to leave for North Africa.
Please feel free to join us for the program starting at 9:00, even if you are unable to make it to the breakfast.
SUnDAY, April 2
Worship Services | 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Speaker - James Misner | World Relief, SVP of Strategic Engagement
Learn More About Our Conference Speakers:
Kelly has just finished her first term of service overseas in Madagascar. She served the Antakarana people for two years on the remote island of Nosy Mitsio. In her time there, one of her greatest joys was seeing how in using her, God used the foolish to shame the wise, and the weak to display His strength.
Kelly is now on her first home assignment, soaking up every moment possible with her baby nephew and family, and preparing for her return to Africa, this time to a new location in the northern region where, as an occupational therapist, she will serve children with special needs.
Richard Lee serves as a Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission. This role affords him the opportunity to equip churches and communities by sharing the biblical call to seek justice, introducing them to IJM’s work, and mobilizing them to engage in both local and global ministry.
IJM believes that justice for the poor is possible. They are a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. Their global team includes hundreds of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work through 17 field offices in the developing world.
Pastor Larry Fullerton
Pastor Larry has been our Mission Pastor since 1997. He has led STAMP (short term) teams to Panama, Germany, Ecuador, Niger, Haiti, South Africa, Peru, and Thailand and has made pastoral visits to many of our missionaries throughout the world.
Jaime, the second of seven children, was born while his family still lived in Oaxaca, Mexico. They relocated to the outskirts of Mexico City where he spent most of his life. After an American missionary shared the Gospel with him, he became the first in his family to follow Christ. The missionary encouraged him to attend a Bible Institute and that is where he first developed a burden for the persecuted church.
God has used Jaime in everything from discipling new believers and growing a church plant to mobilizing Mexican youth toward unreached people groups. He currently works at World Vision in the South Bronx and volunteers as a coach for a soccer non-profit in the same neighborhood. He is preparing to move to North Africa with his wife and two children, where he has the unique opportunity to pursue his passion coaching soccer in a non-profit run by a local believer.
As World Relief’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Engagement, James Misner helps churches, foundations and individuals stand with the vulnerable in the U.S. and around the world. Leading teams domestically and internationally, James seeks to facilitate meaningful cross-cultural experiences, leading to deeper levels of discipleship.
For over 70 years, World Relief has partnered with churches, communities, and governments to bring sustainable change to vulnerable communities around the world. They are honored to work with trusted partners who share their vision for lasting impact.
Ways to Stay Involved:
Faith Promise Giving
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 $1.2 million. During our Missions Conference, you will have the opportunity to submit a Faith Promise pledge toward this goal. Please begin to spend time prayerfully considering what God would have you give in 2017-18 in support of our missionaries. Pledge cards will become available in hard copy and online during the 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 today 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! Click Here for 2017 Trips