Posted June 25, 2018 in Around the Synod

NWMCThe New Wilmington Mission Conference will host its 113th annual gathering from July 20-27 at Westminster College. All ages are welcome to participate in the conference.

At 113 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. The theme verse for this year’s conference is Galatians 5:14, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

New to the conference this year is a special reduced rate for those attending only on the weekend. The price is $110 for ages 6-11 and $175 for ages 12 and up. The weekend rate applies to all activities from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, and includes lodging, meals, and age-specific programming.

“NWMC 2018 is introducing some changes that should make it possible for people to experience a good taste of the week-long New Wilmington Mission Conference even if you have limited vacation by beginning on Friday,” said Ginny Teitt, the director of the New Wilmington Mission Conference. “This is just a taste of a conference week that we pray will educate, challenge, inspire and ignite a new passion for us to love our neighbors.”

The purpose of the conference is to encourage Christians to enrich their faith through mutual encouragement with global church leaders and transform minds and spirits through study, fellowship, and worship. With over 800 attendees from more than 30 states and 20 countries, the conference provides an opportunity to create new relationships with peers and with God.

All are invited to hear the speakers, who come from many diverse backgrounds. This year the speaker for the morning meetings is Shane Bennett, a world-renowned missionary and author who has been to various places, such as Bangkok and Bombay, to help people connect with Jesus. He will speak each morning, Saturday and Monday-Thursday, at 11 a.m. in Anderson Amphitheater. The evening meetings begin at 7:45 p.m. each night in Anderson Amphitheater, featuring speakers and faith leaders who are all listed on the NWMC website.

Other speakers include Rev. Saleem Ghubril, director of the Pittsburgh Project, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, a cardiologist and missionary from Palm Beach Florida, Rev. Yonas Yigezu, the president of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, and Gary Edmonds, the president and CEO of Food for the Hungry.

This year, the NWMC celebrates 58 years of sponsoring a Summer Service team of young adults. They are sent out to serve and to learn in various countries around the world. Six college students and their leader will serve in Sicily, Italy this year. The Summer Service team will be speaking about their experience on Saturday, July 21, at 9:15 p.m. and Thursday, July 26, at 7:45 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to come and participate in the morning and evening meetings at no charge. For more information regarding the speakers, the schedule, registration, fees, and more, visit Morning and evening meetings will also be available for live streaming, with podcasts to follow.