Speakers from around the world and Anglican missionaries from many agencies are coming to New Wineskins 2010 to inspire and equip clergy and lay leaders, youth ministers, mission mobilizers, and potential missionaries to fulfill our Lordâ€™s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. Over 1,000 are expected at this sixth New Wineskins for Global Mission conference, April 8 – 11, in Ridgecrest, NC.
Archbp. Edmund Akanya is Bishop of Kebbi in northwest Nigeria, in a 70% Muslim, sharia-compliant state where public preaching is outlawed. In the face of persecution, the gospel is being preached and churches are being planted as Christians are challenged to pray, reach out, build bridges of friendship with hitherto very hostile communities, and live Christ-like lives that incarnate the gospel.
Christians are called to reach out to those of other faiths (or none), and we also have a responsibility to pass on the faith once received to our children and grandchildren. This legacy is being challenged in many parts of the world, including our own, by militaristic and political Islam. Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of the British House of Lords and founder of HART, The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust providing advocacy for the persecuted, will speak on resurgent Islam and how to respond to it.
The Rev. S.D. Ponraj of Bihar Out-Reach Network (BORN) will share how the gospel has been spreading among youth, castes, and tribal groups as churches work together to reach the unreached and plant 10,000 churches by the end of this year in Bihar, a northern state in India.
There are 70,000 Anglican Christians in Myanmar (formerly Burma). The Most Rev. Stephen Than, Archbishop of the Province of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon (Rangoon), will tell us about the work of the church in Myanmar.
In their own legend about creation, God forgot the Batwa pygmies giving them the only gift he had left, the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. In 1992 that forest was taken away from the Batwa making them conservation refugees. Forced to live in a world where their hunter-gatherer lifestyle, their knowledge, and their language were useless, the Batwa were dying at an alarming rate. Dr. Scott Kellerman will share how God’s living word addresses the needs of mind, body, and soul and is saving some of the most impoverished people on the planet.
The Rev. Miguel Uchoa, rector of the Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit, near Recife, Brazil, will lead us in daily Bible studies on the mission of the Church. The Church of the Holy Spirit is reaching its community and has grown since 1996 from 25 people meeting in a former nightclub to 1,400 – 65% of whom have come to faith in the last 9 years.
Dr. Bill Taylor, former director of the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance (a network of churches in 128 countries), is preaching on commitment, and the Rev. Qampicha Daniel Wario of northern Kenya, now studying at Trinity School for Ministry, is celebrating Holy Communion using a Kenyan liturgy.
Testimonies from missionaries will remind us that Jesus is the pearl worth any price and turn our hearts to prayer. Worship will be led by Jonathan and Sarah Blamire (formerly of Wellspring) and the Prince George Winyah, SC, worship group, using traditional, contemporary and international music. The use of both modern and classical instruments gives a beautiful blend – all aimed to help us encounter the living God through worship.
Over 60 workshops are being offered. Missionaries and exhibitors from major Anglican agencies will be available to talk with participants. Bring a team from your church to this encouraging, eye-opening, and life-changing conference!
Register online at www.newwineskins.org. Contact New Wineskins for conference brochures, Sunday bulletin inserts, and 4-minute highlight DVDs.
New Wineskins Missionary Network
P.O. Box 278, Ambridge, PA 15003