GlobeServe partners, Dr. and Mrs. Steven Kabachia were on campus here at Bethany from last Thursday through Monday of this week. Dr. Kabachia, bishop of the 120+ churches of Agape Fellowship in Kenya, was a plenary speaker at this year’s Short Term Mission Leaders’ Conference put on by STEM. Dr. Kabachia shared his insights on short term missions from the perspective of a “receiver-host” with the 120 attendees of the conference. He has strategically used 20 short term mission teams from the U.S. to plant churches in cooperation with his Agape church planters, so that every team leaves a “mark” when they leave Kenya. The Bishop also gave a strong challenge to short term mission leaders to think strategically about taking teams to the least-reached peoples.
Former Bethany missionary, G. Trees, has accepted the role of Ministry Relations and Outreach Coordinator. He will connect with Christian schools, youth pastors and church leaders to add value to their ministries and to promote Bethany College of Missions. As the Outreach Coordinator he will work closely with the College staff and students to direct the various outreach opportunities.
Paul S. and John K. will be leading the missionary training track at Tokyo 2010, May 11-14. Dan B. is attending as well and will be involved with the business and missions track. Tokyo 2010 is a global missions consultation in the tradition of the historic Edinburgh 1910 gathering. This year’s consultation is aimed at global-level cooperation of mission agencies. For more information on the Tokyo 2010 gathering check it out online.