ACU to host Balkan Summit Evangelism conference
For Immediate Release
September 22, 1999
Attendees of Abilene Christian University's "Balkan
Summit" will be better prepared to share the good news of
Jesus Christ to the people in Albania, Romania, Bulgaria,
Hungary, Greece and Turkey. On Nov. 5 and 6, ACU will host
this conference to address the issue of effectively reaching
the Balkan nations with the Gospel.
According to Gwynneth Curtis, missionary-in-residence and
missions consultant for Europe, "Recent upheavals in Kosovo
have vividly reminded us that God can use human tragedy to
provide his church with opportunities to serve and
The conference will feature more than 16 speakers,
including ACU missions department faculty, evangelists and
missionaries to the Balkan Nations.
Lectures will be conducted in Room 114 of the Biblical
Studies Building (Teague Auditorium).
Dr. Royce Money, president of ACU, and Dr. Jack Reese,
dean of the College of Biblical Studies, will open the
conference with a devotional at 1 p.m. in Chapel on the Hill
Friday, Nov. 5.
The conference will include many different sessions
beginning with "The Challenge of the Balkans," by Dr.
Prentice Meador, pulpit minister of Prestoncrest Church of
Christ in Dallas; and a panel discussion titled,
"Receptivity in the Balkan nations," where missionaries such
as Artan Samara from Albania, Goran Medved from Croatia,
Ervin Bishop of the World Bible Translation Center in Fort
Worth and many others will speak.
From 7:45 - 9:15 p.m Friday night, Hossein Cannon, a
Christian businessman from Abilene, will speak on "From
Islam to Christianity: A Conversion Story."
Saturday, Nov. 6, representatives from Christian
humanitarian aid organizations such as Healing Hands
International, Manna International, White's Ferry Road
Relief Ministries, Partners in Progress and Christian Relief
Fund will address the topic of "Planting Churches Through
"Missionaries and evangelists native to the region will
be sharing experiences and methods they have developed in
order to offer a proper response to conditions existing in
these countries as they attempt to teach the gospel," Curtis
said. "A number of people who have recently returned from
relief work in these countries will be present. One of the
topics will be centered on how we respond to the needs
arising out of the conflicts."
Other lecture topics include recruiting and training
mission teams, growing church leadership, beliefs and
practices of the Orthodox church, understanding Islam,
conquering the chaos in Yugoslavia and reaching the
There is a $50 registration fee which will include all
meals. Students will not be expected to pay this fee.
Abilene residents who will not be taking meals with other
attendees will be asked to pay a $15 registration fee.
This conference is open to all people and will be of
particular interest to:
- People interested in working as missionaries in these
- Churches already involved in supporting missions
efforts in the area or willing to consider doing so.
- ACU students.
- Students from other universities.
Those who attend will hear speakers with extensive
experience in the Lord's work in these countries.
For more information, please contact Gwynneth Curtis at
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