Asbury United Methodist Church on Hughes Road in Madison hosted their biannual Global Impact Celebration (GIC) begin February 24, 2010 and ending February 28, 2010. In conjunction with the GIC they also hosted a Prayer and Missions Conference February 26 and February 27 with various missionaries conducting workshops.
The opening ceremony on February 24th featured Travis Cottrell who serves as the worship leader for the Living Proof Live conferences with Beth Moore. He has also produced a number of CDs as part of the Living Proof ministry and has had the honor of singing with a long list of Christian artists, including Amy Grant, Mercy Me, Steven Curtis Chapman, Vince Gill, CeCe Winans, and Steve Green. After Travis opened with praise and worship Neil Anderson, Wycliffe translator and author of “Search for the Source” spoke on how difficult it is to translate the Bible into the language of a remote tribe in Papua, New Guinea.
Some of the missionaries who also presented workshops were:
• Terry Teykl who has written a number of books on prayer.
• Jan Niel the Prayer Ministries Director at Frazer United Methodist Church.
• Dr. Darrell Whiteman resident Missionlogists at the Mission Society where he develops theological/mission-training curriculum for national church leaders and has served in the foreign missions field. Mr. Whiteman spoke on the difficulties of crossing cultural barriers with the gospel.
• Bess Russell RN in Ghana, West Africa where she helps in evangelizing/discipling the people, hosting medical/evangelical work teams, and assisting local church societies.
• David Brickner, Executive Director, Jews for Jesus who has appeared on television and radio programs and written four books on the subject.
• Julius Makathimo the District Superintendent of Komarock Circuit, Nairobi Synod, Methodist Church in Kenya and pastor of Ngong Methodist Church.
• Wes Griffin Co-founder of the International Leadership Institute focused on advanced training in leadership, evangelism, and multiplication.
• Dr. Florence Muindi who works extensively throughout Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan. She is also the founder and president of Life in Abundance International.
• Donna Landers Executive Director for Choose Life of North Alabama, Inc. and serves with her husband as pastor of Christ Way Baptist Church.
• Elaine Dickson Executive Direct of Christian Women’s Job Corps of Madison County, AL, Inc.
• Saji Lukos founder of Reaching Indian Ministries International (RIMI) in the USA and Mission India (MI) in India.
• Carlos Cunningham Pastor of a Baptist church and on the Board of Directors for Voice of Liberty in Costa Rica where he works for prison ministry and started the first and only faith-based prison in Costa Rica.
Keynote speakers for the Prayer and Missions Conference were Leonard Sweet who is currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University. Dr. Sweet also holds a number of other titles: Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, widely-published author, and many more. Recognized as both a historian of American culture and a futurist Dr. Sweet spoke on how churches and missions needs to address communication in the world of new technological social media which includes Twitter, Google, Facebook, I Phone, etc.
Joining Dr. Sweet as keynote speaker was Marilee Pierce Dunker the daughter of World Vision founder Bob Pierce who is a dedicated advocate for women and children around the world. Mrs. Dunker spoke on the brokenness of the modern world and how it affects women and children.
Also the GIC featured several musical performances by Praise Teams, Asbury Choir and Orchestra, Men's Choir, and the Asbury Orchestra.