2023 MissionS Conference

March 1–5, 2023

Keynote Speaker: Dr. George Murray,
Former President (2000–2007) and Chancellor (2007–2017) of Columbia International University, South Carolina

Mission Fare: Saturday, March 4, 3:30–7 PM

Evening Worship: Sunday, March 5, 6 PM, Rev. Imbumi Makuku,
Pastor of Kibera Reformed Presbyterian Church, Kenya

Missions Conference Offering
In keeping with this year’s conference theme, The Word for A Starving World, the 2023 conference offering aims to meet physical and spiritual needs, with two-thirds going to Kibera Reformed Presbyterian Church (KRPC) for a new boys’ shelter and one-third going to Bible translation projects.

KRPC, pastored by Imbumi Makuku, is in the heart of the Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The construction of a boys’ shelter has been a long-time dream for their property outside of the slum, which currently houses a girls’ shelter. KRPC ministers in a challenging environment where they encounter children that need immediate attention and rescue from violence, abuse, and gang recruitment. In addition to being a safe haven from physical harm, the shelter will serve as a place for emotional healing and discipleship.

Colleagues of Josiah and Miriam have just completed translation of the New Testament in Makori* (true name of this African language withheld). By God’s grace and through many obstacles, this work was completed over 25 years. Funds will be used to prepare an audio recording of the NT, to make it available to the many illiterate speakers of the Makori language.

Bible Visuals International is partnering with a Lebanon-based publisher to create Arabic translations of BVI’s resources. Funding will be used to pay the translation/layout team so the work can abundantly support the evangelism and discipleship of children in the Arabic-speaking world.

Many Mission Fare volunteers are needed to help with simple food prep, serving, room monitoring, and clean up on Saturday, March 4. Teens and adults can help. Many hands make light work! See a list of needs and sign up for a shift by clicking on the button below. Contact Jen Barrall or Rachel Bleecker with questions.

Missions & Me

This year’s Mission Conference theme is, The Word for a Starving World based onMark 6:34, 41-42. As the children watch the videos and work through the Missions & Me book, they will meet missionaries and ministry partners that we support and learn how we can meet practical needs, like providing food for the hungry, while meeting spiritual needs by helping people read God’s Word in their own language. Come and check out the Missions & Me display in the front hallway January 29!

Women’s Missionary Fellowship Brunch

Thursday , March 2, 9:30–11:30 AM in the Gym

In conjunction with the Missions Conference, the Women’s Ministry selects a local mission to highlight and provide a giving opportunity. This year, we selected Engaging Disability with the Gospel represented by local staff person, Cheryl Erb. Monetary gifts will be used by Cheryl to give free resources to families in need. Cash donations can be placed in the marked envelope provided in the weekly offering basket. Checks should be made to WPC with a note in the memo section “Engaging Disability.” Childcare available for children infant–age 5.


Wednesday, March 1

              5:00–6:30 pm                  Dinner Served
              6:20–7:30 pm                   Youth Group with Missionary Guest
              6:30–7:30 pm                   Youth Clubs with Missionary Guests
              6:45–7:30 pm                  Lenten Service

thursday, March 2

              9:00 am                            Women’s Bible Study with Missionary Guests: Click HERE to register
              Evening                           Home Fellowships

friday, March 3

              10:30 am                           Brunch & Encouragement Service for Missionaries
              Evening                           Home Fellowships

saturday, March 4

              8:00 am                            Men & Boys’ Breakfast with Dr. Murray & Missionary Guests
              3:30–7:00 pm                  Mission Fare
                             Ongoing           Mission Displays, Children’s Activities, Book Table
                             4:00–4:45 pm   Seminar I: How Mercy Helps People Meet Jesus
HOPE International
North Star Initiative
                             4:00–6:30 pm    Dinner Served, as supply lasts ($8/person, max $30/family)
                             6:00–7:00 pm   Children’s Activity
Youth Dessert Discussion
Nursery, infant–age 3
                             6:10–6:55 pm     Seminar 2: Someone Must Interpret:
An Introduction to Bible Translation
Josiah (Sensitive Field)

sunday, March 5

              8:00 & 11:00 am              Worship: Dr. George Murray
              9:30 am                             Sunday School with Missionary Guests
              12:30 pm                            Lunch & Closing Remarks for Missionaries
              6:00 pm                            Ministry Report: Ashley Belknap, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
                                                          Worship: Rev. Imbumi Makuku, Kenya Mercy Ministries