The Bless The Nations Conference — the premier, annual world missions event in the Eastern Cape — will celebrate its 25th anniversary next week.
Delegates from more than 100 churches are expected to attend the multi-denominational event at the Hoogland Dutch Reformed Church, in Lorraine, Port Elizabeth, from Friday June 22 to Sunday June 24.
“During our planning sessions and prayer meetings for this year’s conference, it became clear that the church needs to understand at a much deeper level the urgency of being involved in World Missions,” said Bless The Nations CEO, Professor Jean Greyling.
“As organising committee and Bless the Nations board we pray that delegates attending the conference this year will really leave with a real burden for a world that needs Christ, and that this will go much wider than our metropole and our country,” he said in an interview.
Conference speakers include Sam Kputu, a Nigerian national, who is the national director of the South African branch of Capro Missions, a leading African missions organisation; Missions veteran and founder of INcontext Ministries, Mike Burnard; missionary and author Martin de Lange; Trans World Radio Africa technical director James Burnett; and the national director of Far East Broadcasting Associations South Africa Radio, Frik Veldman.
The Bless The Nations Conference programme includes a youth leaders’ symposium, and a church leaders’ symposium on Friday morning. The main conference opens on Friday evening with a passion play featuring 150 performers. Delegates will tour Walmer Township on Saturday morning and the 2010 Soccer World Cup-themed movie, Africa United will be screened on Saturday evening. Various mission organisations will man exhibition stands at the conference venue.
“We pray that the conference will once again be a celebration of unity with delegates from various churches, denominations and communities attending, as well as a great encouragement to the many already in His service!” said Greyling.