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Multnomah's Global Ministries Conference to Focus on the Needs of Refugees and Displaced People

Multnomah University’s 73rd annual missions conference will take place Tuesday, February 19 through Thursday, February 21. The Global Ministries Conference, titled “Without Borders: Holistic Ministry with Refugees”, will include 30 workshops, prayer times, seminars, and plenary sessions that focus on specific needs of refugees and internally displaced people across the globe and in local communities. 

33 Million Refugees Worldwide

Thirty Three million people around the world have no place to call home, and 40,000 to 75,000 refugees are resettled in the United States each year. The goal of this conference is to prepare individuals to better understand and meet the significant emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of refugees which require a holistic ministry.


“There is an urgent call for believers to respond to the needs of refugees. The biblical narrative puts forth an invitation to believers to care for the foreigners and strangers in our midst. This call is one to which all believers can respond,” Dr. Greg Burch, chair of Intercultural Studies at Multnomah University, said. “My hope for this conference is that individuals are better equipped to respond to the specific needs of refugees, whether from a ministry standpoint or simply in reaching out to our resettled neighbors.”

Plenary Speakers

Miriam Adeney

Miriam Adeney is an anthropologist and professor in the school of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. She is the author of six books and hundreds of articles and essays. 

Camille Melki

Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Camille Melki’s focus is on building up a new generation of leaders for Lebanon and the region. In October 2006 Camille and his wife, Hoda, started a new ministry, Heart for Lebanon, as a response to the needs of people created by the devastating war. 

Mission Agencies

Over twenty-five mission agencies will be at the conference to present information for their ministries and provide information about exciting opportunities to serve. A few agencies that will be present at Multnomah’s Global Ministries Conference include:

The Vision

Believing that God “has given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18-20), and that our Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:18-20); it is Multnomah’s conviction that all believers are to participate in God’s global purposes.

Conference Goals

  • Draw believers into a deeper love for the Savior
  • Encourage a more joyous and passionate engagement through grateful service in what God is doing globally
  • Expose believers to the options for personal stewardship of God’s grace appropriate to their Holy Spirit-given interests, guidance, and gifting
  • Promote a more pure and genuine love for the world’s peoples

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Seattle, Washington. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.