2009 PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
Pastor Dave Gibbons - "The Global Cause of Christ"
Pastor Dave Gibbons of Newsong Church gave a powerful message on the heart of God for the marginalized and the poor in the world.
"...The calling is to stay. If you haven't got any calling, then GO because that's the mandate!"
"Dave Gibbon's message on the church's role in sharing Christ really struck me, especially when he was sharing about how forgiveness makes us as Christians unique and how we'll never really be free to serve and go on missions until we can learn to forgive others." - Anonymous
Pastor James Yu - "Overcoming Barriers Unique to Asian Americans"
PJ emphasized that "Passion for the Nations" had to begin with "Passion for Jesus"!
Rev. John Lo - "Asian Americans in God's Global Purpose"
Pastor John gave us a mind-blowing presentation by connection the history of the Roman Empire to the History of Asian Americans, and how both histories are shaped by God for his glory and renown.
"In Plenary 3 [John Lo] , it was fascinating to think about God's hand in history, enabling the "Pax Americana" and in a way setting the stage for a wave of bi-culturals to continue the missions movement in the current upheavels of our day." - Anonymous
"It was the last plenary session. Especially, I really liked the closure of the conference - dropping of the keys - "cling" "cling". . . it was a very powerful way of ending the conference with this object lesson followed by spending time with God individually to make some practical commitments." - Kay Carey
Dr. Chole Sun - "1.5 Generations in Mission"
Dr. Sun has a Ph.D from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently a professor at Logos Evangelical Seminary. She and her husband, Pastor Eddie, serve at EFCLA, ministering to the second generation Chinese and Taiwanese Americans. Dr. Sun was raised in China and Hong Kong before coming to the United States as a college student. Possessing multiple identities, she is interested in reflecting on the interconnectedness between Scripture, ministry, identity, gender and cultural issues. Her passion is to know God and to make Him known among the nations.
Pastor Ron & Carol Miyaki - "Preparing Your Family for Missions"
Ron & Carol Miyake began serving in Japan when their daughters were three and and one years old. They served as missionaries for 10 years. As a couple they trained Christian therapists in providing member care to both overseas and home missionaries. Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Christian coach. She works as a counselor at Asian American Christian Counseling Service. Ron is an Associate Pastor at Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley and serves as a Board Member for World Christian Fellowship.
Rev. Doug Vavrosky - "Spiritual Warfare in Cross Cultural Missions"
Rev. Vavrosky joined OMF Int'l in 1981. In 1983 he married Avril E. Botha and they served together in Taiwan for twelve years. Their ministry in Taiwan included blue-collar factory and student evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and cell group ministry. In 1993, being unable to return to Taiwan because of family medical reasons, God lead the Vavroskys back to North America to reach the scholars and students from Mainland China. Since 2008, Rev. Vavrosky has been teaching at Logos Seminary, training this generation of Chinese believers for the harvest field.
Dr. Tom Steffen - "Business as Missions"
Dr. Steffen served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 of those in the Philippines. He is Professor of Intercultural Studies in the School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University where he directs the Doctor of Missiology program. He has written a number of influential missions books, including: Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions (2003) and Business as Missions: From Impoverishment to Empowerment (2006). Dr. Steffen has served on the Boards of Pioneers, WorldTeam, and Worldview Resource Group. Bio
Saddleback Team - "The Church's Role in Combating AIDS"
Dr. Gil Olendaal serves as the Global Director for the HIV/AIDS Initiative with Saddleback. He has thirty years of ministry experience as missionary, pastor, educator, and leader. Dr. Odendaal is a speaker and conference teacher at Bible schools, seminaries, and churches, and he conducts regular training seminars in wholistic development in Africa and various other global settings. Despite many obstacles, he is of firm conviction that the AIDS pandemic is not a hopeless case. Dr. Odendaal and his wife, Elmarie, were born and raised in South Africa. They have been married for 33 years.
Lhon Pan, a Golden Gate Seminary graduate, and his wife, Denise Pan, serve in the Saddleback Church ministries of HIV Initiative and PEACE Plan. They are currently involved in local AIDS Care Team, and leading Saddleback's PEACE teams to China to equip churches to care for the HIV infected and their families. They specifically emphasize on HIV prevention education and behavior change. Their passion is mobilizing Chinese churches around the world to be involved in combating global HIV/AIDS crisis.
"People were in tears after the HIV workshop was presented. God moved both presentors and audiences. God was with us." - Denise Pan
Dan Lim - "Reaching International Students"
Dan Lim serves with International Students, Inc. as an area mobilizer, helping churches to build teams to reach, befriend, evangelize, disciple and equip international students in the LA South Bay. His particular passion is to see the church fulfill the Great Commission as Christians gain a strategic global perspective which works out in their local context. Dan grew up in a Muslim controlled state in Malaysia. He lived for 9 years in the UK before coming to America. He has been involved in international student ministry since 2001. He is married to Jessica and lives in Gardena.
"The workshop speaker Dan Lim was very knowledgeable in international student ministry, and especially the spiritual/religious situation around the world. I thought he was well-prepared and motivated me to reach out to international students nearby with my church international student ministry." - Anonymous
D & C Wong - "Challenges and Blessings of Cross Cultural Ministry"
D & C Wong grew up as bi-cultural Chinese- Americans and have been active members in a Chinese-American local church for many years. In 1996 they moved to Turkey and worked on a church planting team for 4 years. They moved to Singapore in 2000 to help launch a sending base for their organization. In 2001 they returned to their sending fellowship in Los Angeles, wounded and in much need of member care. In 2007 D was diagnosed with a very rare, aggressive, life-threatening cancer. During the past year of surgeries and chemotherapy, God has been teaching them more of what it means to fully place their hope and trust in Him. Through their journey, God has increased their desire to use their pastoral gifts to strengthen and encourage expats and nationals in the Muslim world. They have two sons, who have been an integral part of their cross-cultural ministry lives.
"I believe the most memorable moment was during the first workshop of "Challenges & Blessing of a cross cultural ministry." I don't know why but just hearing how the wife shared how God fulfilled the simple prayers that she prayed for the people of Turkey. It was really encouraging and a reminder that how awesome of a God we have, and that our prayers don't have to be that BIG for God to answer." - Henry Wang