What is the cost of following Jesus?
By Natalie Meeks
GREENVILLE, South Carolina – Kingdom work is underway in Riga, and we are calling on you, the global body of Christ, to join us in prayer.
Mission Days is back and will take place February 9th through 11th at Agenskalns Baptist Church. Beginning in 2006 and continuing over a decade, BBI has brought current and future missionaries together for the purpose of fellowship, education, encouragement, motivation, opportunity and to foster a vision for world missions.
Mission Days 2017 has been organized by Madara Molnika, BBI’s Director of Mission Mobilization. Madara explains that the event will focus on providing both practical information and insight into missions development in Latvia and around the world, as well as opportunity to grapple with the concept of what a “mission” is. Session examples include: Latvian Mission History; How to build a support team; Reconciliation and peace theology in the context of missions; and Can the Church fall in love with Missions?
Johan Candelin returns as Mission Days main speaker. Johan is an internationally known peace maker and advocate for human rights for Christians who are suffering around the world, President of First Step Forum and Goodwill Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance. He is also founder of Friends of the Martyred Church and will draw from his global experiences as he shares mission stories from adventures in Hindu and Muslim countries, among other parts of the world.
This year’s theme – “What is the cost of following Jesus?” is a critical conversation to be had, given the devastating reality that there are more Christians being persecuted today than at any other point in history. According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians). According to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.
Missions is a critical component of the church and the Great Commission has not expired. BBI President and Mission Days speaker Chuck Kelley shares, “Mission Days is perhaps the most important mission mobilization event in Northern Europe.”
Will you pray for Mission Days?
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. – Mark 8:34