Students witness theme release

This year’s Missions Conference theme focuses on a twofold effect of witnessing.

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Jana Eller, Writer

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Missions Conference directors and junior biblical studies majors Kristina Lowen and Colton Meo announced the Missions Conference theme, “Witness,” in chapel on March 13.

a witness to all nations

“We really wanted to build upon what started last year at Biola in “Proclaim,” Lowen said. “So we thought that was a beautiful theme and we just wanted to take that one step further and one step back that first we witness the glory of God and then we’re sent out to be a witness to all nations and so it’s a twofold effect.”

The tagline, “Come and see, go and do,” explains the twofold effect as the calling Christians have to testify how God has transformed their lives, allowing anyone to witness. The chosen verse, Acts 1:8 ― where Christ sends his followers to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth ― also supports this effect.

“Witness is an identity, it’s not an add-on to the Christian life, but that you are a witness,” Meo said.

from our heart to our hands

One immediate way students can understand their identities as witnesses includes the restructured global awareness session, themed “The Least of These.” After watching a video and listening to a speaker in Sutherland Auditorium, approximately 150 students can walk through several rooms featuring different groups of people. Attendees will then exit through the Sutherland Courtyard where they can look at several mission organization booths.

“We’re hoping that it’s not something that’s just heart impactful but it’s something that moves from our heart and moves to our hands and so it’s like, what can I do and how can I join in like God’s kingdom work towards the least of these,” Lowen said.

For main sessions, students can expect the return of Kings Kaleidoscope. Students have the opportunity to listen to them for at least two days, since the restructured schedule now requires students to attend at least two days of conference in order to receive five conference credits. The full schedule can be found on the Missions Conference website.

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Jana Eller, Office Manager

As a senior intercultural studies major, Jana Eller loves stories, serving people and having lots of adventures. She can never pass up a good boba run and has a slight obsession with cows.

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