A Lasting Imprint: 100th Anniversary Great Commission Congress

One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.
Psalm 145:4 (NIV)

Dr. Paul Borthwick
Dr. Paul Borthwick

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Great Commission Congress, Nov. 3-7, 2008.

The first Missionary Rally was held Nov. 14-16, 1908. While the name has changed over the years, the purpose remains the same—to promote and encourage year-round engagement of a “Great Commission Lifestyle” on our campus, in our community and around the world.

This year’s Great Commission Congress speaker is Dr. Paul Borthwick. Dr. Borthwick and his wife, Christie, serve on the staff of Development Associates International (DAI), which is a training group dedicated to the character and ministry development of leaders in the under-resourced world. He teaches missions at Gordon College and serves as a missions associate with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. While one of his priorities involves mobilizing others for cross-cultural ministry, he also focuses on encouraging leaders and developing “world Christians” in the church. He and his wife have coordinated more than 100 short-term service teams that have served all over the world. The Borthwicks currently spend two to four months a year in other countries, mostly the global south. He holds a business administration degree from the University of Massachusetts, a master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry from Gordon-Conwell.

This year’s Great Commission Congress offering will feed children attending the Good Samaritan School in New Delhi, India. At this Christ-centered school, 500 children often come to school hungry, lacking enough nutrition to energize their education. One meal costs 12 cents. If Asbury College raises $9,150, a meal can be provided for 500 children for half of a school year.

Schedule for the week:

Monday, Nov. 3

10 a.m. – Chapel service
12 p.m. – Lunch with Missionaries in Cafeteria
6 p.m. – Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m. – Evening service
7:45 p.m. – Missionary Reception in Grille (Following Service)

Tuesday, Nov. 4
6 p.m. – Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m. – Evening service

Wednesday, Nov. 5
10 a.m. – Chapel service
6 p.m. – Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m. – Evening service
8 p.m. – International Coffeehouse (Student Center)

Thursday, Nov. 6
6 p.m. – Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m. – Evening service

Friday, Nov. 7
10 a.m. – Chapel service


 

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