The Burnham Center for Global Engagement presents our annual missions conference: The Conference on Global Engagement. Formerly “Missions Emphasis Week”, the conference has undergone several changes this year to better fit our new course schedules. This January 22-25 Calvary University will host 45 Mission representatives and practitioners from 23 different local and international mission agencies.
Dr. David and Karin Brown
Our main speaker for the conference will be Dr. David Brown. “A former Philadelphia lawyer, David and his wife, Karin, have served as church-planters with Biblical Ministries Worldwide, focusing primarily on educating and mentoring national leaders. They worked for twelve years in Johannesburg, South Africa. David has also served as BMW’s Area Director for Africa and Europe. The Browns are returning to South Africa in 2018 to head up the 7 Rivers Outreach, involving a new seminary and biblical counseling center, church-planting, community development, and orphan care among the Zulu in South Africa.”
Dr. Brown will be speaking on the following topics:
Wednesday 1/24 8:00 a.m. Dialogue with Doubt Wednesday 1/24 3:30 p.m. The Threefold Cord
Other missions representatives will be presenting in seminars throughout those days as well. Representatives will be here from: Biblical Ministries Worldwide, Avant, Crossworld, Ethnos 360, Village Missions, Rural Home Missionary Association, Adelphos-USA, Pioneers, Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission, Reach Beyond, SIM, FIM, and many more…
We will also be taking special times to pray for our alumni missionaries located around the world and right here at home.
The conference is open to the public. Beginning Monday 1/22 Brochures will be available at the receptionist desk in the Administration Building, for any who would like to attend a Main Session or seminar.
Calvary University Announces the Burnham Center for Global Engagement
Calvary University prepares Christians to live and serve in the church and in the world according to the biblical worldview and has since its establishment in 1932. For 85 years, many students have trained to go around the world as cross-cultural messengers of the gospel, serving in over 65 countries.
Gracia Burnham with Joshua Paxton
Calvary University is honored to announce the founding of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement. The Burnham Center reflects Calvary’s commitment to global ministry and will serve as the central point for Calvary’s cross-cultural ministry training. The training in the Intercultural Studies Program includes overseas mission opportunities, participating on the Student Missions Committee; promoting intercultural understanding in ministry, with a strong biblical framework. Work is already underway to expand Calvary’s intercultural education programs for its students.
Martin and Gracia Burnham, a recognizable name for many, represent alumni who have faithfully advanced the gospel message. After completing college in preparation for mission work, the Burnhams served with New Tribes Mission, now Ethnos360, in the Philippines for 17 years before being kidnapped in 2001 by Abu Sayyaf militants. In June 2002, after more than a year in captivity, the Philippine military attempted to rescue them, during which Martin was tragically killed in the resulting gunfight. Though wounded, Gracia was rescued and able to return home. She has since become a writer, an international speaker, and an inspiration to people who desire global engagement for the sake of the gospel. Her story continues to embolden many to face adversity in their own lives and move ahead in taking the gospel to unreached peoples.
Martin and Gracia already possessed deep ties to Calvary University as Gracia’s father taught at the school in the Bible and Theology Department. Gracia continues to remain a frequent presence at Calvary, and recently gave the commencement address at Calvary’s 2017 graduation ceremony.
The faculty and staff of Calvary University are grateful to Martin and Gracia for their faithful service on the mission field. The Burnham Center for Global Engagement will serve as the next chapter in Calvary’s legacy of training Christians to reach the nations for Christ.
Be on the lookout for more updates about the Burnham Center for Global Engagement soon!