A new landmark for student missions in Southern Africa

Students affiliated to the Students’ Christian Organisation.

Students from across Southern Africa mark a new date on their calendars as the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) is set to launch its Masiye Conference, a six-day students’ missions conference, taking place in the picturesque Magaliesberg  from October 3 to 8.

Deriving its name from the Zulu-language, the word “Masiye” means “Let’s Go” — a powerful call-to-action in line with the IFES Living Stones Vision Till 2020.

“We want to see one million students actively involved in IFES movements by 2020! To do this we need to nurture and train students to release their creative energy and initiative in engaging their friends and universities for Christ,” notes the IFES website.

The conference will follow the likes of the Intervarsity USA and Intervarsity Canada Urbana Conference held every three years in Miami, Florida and the IFES Europe Presence Conference which took place in Germany earlier this year.

Hosted by the English- and Portuguese-speaking Africa (EPSA) regional office, in association with the Students’ Christian Organisation (SCO) as host movement in South Africa, the Masiye Conference is the first collective event to emerge across the 10 national movements represented in Southern Africa under the EPSA office and will seat up to 500 delegates.

“We are, as a region, encouraged to see more mission initiatives emerging in EPSA” says Gideon Para-Mallam, IFES Regional Secretary for EPSA.

Conference speaker Gideon Para-Mallam

“I believe this conference will truly be spectacular. It’s not every day we as students get to gather behind such a powerful cause, especially with students from other parts of the continent” says Noluthando Nkebetwana, an SCO student representative from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

The IFES English- and Portuguese-speaking Africa (EPSA) regional movement operates across 28 African nations, each pioneered through an affiliate national movement or through missional activities:

The full-conference package is priced at R850 for students and R950 for adults and alumni, inclusive of catering and accommodation. Day and weekend packages are also available.

To register for the Masiye Conference visit www.masiyetotheworld.com or follow @MasiyeAfrika on Twitter for conference updates. You can also join the movement by liking the conference page on Facebook at facebook.com/masiyeconference or on Instagram at instagram.com/masiyeconference.

Map showing African nations where the IFES movement is active.


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