Great Commission Congress begins January 23

WILMORE, KY—The Great Commission Congress at Asbury College is January 23-27. The theme for this week is “No Neutral Ground” based Matthew 12:30 (The Message).

This year’s speakers are Rev. Hubert Harriman, president of the World Gospel Mission, Ryan Shaw, founder and executive director of Student Volunteer Movement 2 (SVM2), and Dr. Roy Lauter, president of New Hope International Ministries.

During this week the College hosts its annual series of chapel and evening services discussing the fulfillment of the Great Commission given in the book of Matthew. Each year a special offering is taken to support a specific work that advances the Great Commission. This year the focus is the renovation of the Katako Kombe camp meeting site in Central Congo.

Established shortly after Dr. Alexander J. Reid (Asbury college class of ’27) and wife, Hazel, began work there in 1943, the Katako Kombe camp meeting site was the gathering place for spiritual retreats of various kinds for many years. This tradition continued until the recent years of turmoil and war in the Congo. Foreign soldiers and rebel troops moved through the area and it wasn’t long before the roofing, doors and windows were all gone and the buildings began to deteriorate. With the election of new Episcopal leadership for Central Congo and a renewed interest in revival, it has become necessary to renovate the camp meeting site by August 2006.

In addition to three chapel services, held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m., there will be four evening services, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m. A missions exposition will be in the cafeteria during meal times Wednesday through Friday, allowing students to work with more than 20 missions groups including the World Gospel Mission, OMS International, New Hope International Ministries, Africa Inland Mission, The Salvation Army and more.

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