GAINESVILLE - Missionaries from Haiti to the Congo will explain their work at Gainesville's First Presbyterian Church Feb. 8-10 at the church's 14th annual World Mission Conference. In addition, medical doctors and dentists from throughout northeast Georgia will explain their trips to poor areas of the Western Hemisphere to offer medical service, and Christian youths will learn how they can make short mission trips.
The sessions will once again offer helicopter rides through Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS), affiliated with Wycliff Bible Translators. The rides are $28 per individual, and parents or guardians must sign approval for minors. Helicopter riders are asked to bring their cameras for permanent memoranda of the experience.
The twenty-plus speakers will include the First Presbyterian Church's own missionaries, some of whom are already in the field and will be speaking by video.
The World Mission Conference is open to the public, and the theme is based on the Bible scripture first seen in Genesis 12:1 when the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you."
A reception for missionaries and guests will be held at the church on Friday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m., and tickets are available for lunch on Saturday at 1:00. Part of the ticket price will help fund the youth summer mission trip.
Marilyn Borst, associate director for Partnership Development of The Outreach Foundation, will give the keynote address at 9 a.m. Saturday explaining how churches can connect with the Global Church in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Asia, and the Middle East. Other Saturday speakers will represent the Haiti Education Foundation, Rivers of the World, Congo Protestant University Medical School, Sisters of Zambia, Solid Rock Missions, Friends of Forman Christian University, Medical Benevolence Foundation, Son Servants, Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Jungle Aviation and Radio Service.
Elise Witt, instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, who has performed at both the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, will lead the music for the conference. She conducts workshops for churches, communities and schools both locally and around the globe.
Works of art, handcrafted by people around the world, will be offered. The handicrafts are offered by SERRV (Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation and Vocation), and International and Ten Thousand Villages, nonprofit organizations which work with community-based organizations in several countries.