Multnomah recently completed its 69th annual Global Ministries Conference emphasizing the theme "No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets" - words penned by William Borden who died of spinal meningitis in Cairo, Egypt as he was studying Arabic in preparation to minister to Muslim groups in China. He was just 25 years old - in the age category of many Multnomah students!
During the conference, the lives of Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, Lottie Moon, Bill Borden, and Fanny Crosby were dramatized to demonstrate God's extraordinary passion for the world as seen through the lives of ordinary people committed to pursuing, and participating in, His global purposes. Live international phone calls were made to Multnomah graduates ministering in South Africa, Morocco, and Malaysia. Over 35 workshops were offered (many of which you can now listen to online) dealing with topics such as Animism & world religions, spiritual warfare, challenges and struggles in missions, the persecuted church, and maintaining moral purity or avoiding burnout in ministry. One evening was given to an exposure of cultures, foods, and ministry opportunities from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the S. Pacific presented by current international students at MU. Wrapping up the GMC were various outreaches into the Portland area that had been organized by both college and seminary students.
Responses from students, faculty, and missionary guests attested to the conference's positive influence. While the missionary guests are brought in to minister to the Multnomah family, the Multnomah family ministered to them as well. "Among all the conferences I attend," commented one mission representative, "the Multnomah conference is the top one!" Another said, "We have been greatly encouraged by the students here. Their passion for the Lord, their insightful comments, and their thought-provoking questions have blessed and encouraged us." All three alumni
families ministering overseas that were contacted by phone mentioned the significant role that the annual missions conferences had played in their being on the field.
Reflecting on the Lord's interaction with us all, we can genuinely echo Borden's words: No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.
P.S. - Be sure to check out the Audio Recordings page to hear many of the plenary sessions and workshops from the conference.