After a one-year hiatus, Lancaster Bible College is bringing back the much-loved and well-attended Missions Conference in February 2022! This year’s theme is “Welcoming the Foreigner Among Us” and will take participants on a personal journey of how they can be involved in missions right where they are. Set for Feb. 21-25, alumni, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to save the dates for this event and plan to hear the challenging devotions presented by the main conference speaker, Kevin King, President of International Project, which exists to initiate church planting movements through unreached people groups living outside their homelands.
Co-chair of the event Dr. Ed Scheuerman gave a sneak peek of what attendees can look forward to and learn from at Missions Conference 2022:
LBC | CAPITAL: What is the importance of Missions Conference at LBC?
ED SCHEUERMAN: The purpose of LBC’s Missions Conference is to further impart God’s heart for the world upon the hearts of those in the LBC (Lancaster) community. Each year, a different theme related to missions is chosen. This year’s theme is “Welcoming the Foreigner Among Us.” The goal is to reclaim God’s heart for His Church, both locally and globally, and to further the discussion on what that means to each person in the LBC community. There are many living in our midst, even right here in Lancaster County, from all over the world who need to see and hear the message of Jesus Christ.
LBC | CAPITAL: What can attendees expect to get out of Missions Conference?
ES: Missions is no longer only for those going across national boundaries. With refugees, immigrants and international students coming to the USA, opportunities to minister cross-culturally abound. Focusing on “Welcoming the Foreigner Among Us” will give every student, staff and faculty member the chance to lift up their eyes to those in their relational worlds who need us to approach them with God’s love and the gospel message.
In addition to expanded chapel services (which will serve as plenary sessions), there will many events for students to get involved during the week including the following: breakout sessions, interactions with mission reps from all over the country, prayer times, service projects, a prayer walk/run, an art and culture event and an interactive kick-off event the night before the conference begins.
LBC | CAPITAL: How will the 2021-22 chapel theme of ‘One Hope’ be connected to the theme of ‘Welcoming the Foreigner Among Us?’
ES: Our One Hope is the same hope that all need to hear. We, as loving followers of Jesus Christ, should desire and be prepared to share this message of hope to all in the world, including those foreigners living in our local world. This requires being culturally sensitive to help break down barriers of understanding and acceptance when we talk to those from another culture.
LBC | CAPITAL: How can the LBC community get involved in Missions Conference week?
ES: LBC’s Missions Conference is sponsored by the Student Missions Fellowship (SMF). It is co-chaired by the Director of Intercultural Studies and the Vice President of SMF. This year, my co-chair is Simon Labrie. Anyone who wants to be involved can contact Simon or one of the SMF leadership team members. The more students who can get involved, the better! (Agencies interested in participating can also contact Terrie Aites.)