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Missions Fest has been a significant missions equipping conference in Vancouver for the past 39 years.  It is now called Mission Central, and this year will be the last year the conference will be held.  Find below a list of seminars that I can recommend as they either feature Tenth members or partners of Tenth.  The entrance fee is $12 and you can get your ticket here.  As one who has served on the Missions Fest board for a season and greatly benefited from its content since the first time I brought a youth group in 1995, I am sad to see it come to an end.  Hope to meet some of you at Canada Place January 27-29.  Patrick, Global Pastor

  1. Saturday at 10:00am Joyful Exiles: Kevin Palau & Rick McKinley, Luis Palau Association, Level 2 Room 13 - Rick and Kevin will teach on the theology of exile and how Jesus desires for His people to be both prophetic witness and faithful presence of Christ in their communities joyfully announcing the reign of God
  2. Saturday at 1:30pm - General Session: Lisa Pak, Finishing The Task, Ballroom A Reverend Dr. Lisa Pak currently serves as the Global Strategist for FTT. Her previous experience includes serving as the Regional Director for Ontario and Nunavut at the Canadian Bible Society in addition to 14 years of pastoral ministry and church experience in the United States, South Korea, Singapore and Canada with a particular focus amongst the Korean Diaspora community. She is a second-generation Korean Canadian and Toronto native, ordained by the Korean Association of Independent Churches and Missions (KAICAM). She holds a MDiv and a MABL from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has earned her Doctor of Ministry in Leadership at Tyndale Seminary. Lisa has travelled globally and is passionate about diaspora communities and mobilizing the young generation for the Gospel.  
  3. Saturday at 3:30pm - Christian Mission and Earthkeeping at Your Own Church:  Rick Faw and Samuel Chiu,  A Rocha Canada, Level 2, Room 16 - Are you mobilizing your church to care for God's creation as part of Christian mission? Come hear what works for others in their earthkeeping initiatives within a local church setting, and share your own ideas and experiences.  
  4. Saturday at 7:30pm - Hope Advancing in Cambodia:  Brian McConaghy, Ratanak,  Level 2, Room 13 - We'll outline the ongoing work of Ratanak Int'l as it seeks to combat human trafficking in Cambodia. We'll share encouraging stories of real people experiencing freedom after slavery. We'll also give updates on creative solutions being employed to impact both individuals and systems of exploitation.   
  5. Saturday at 7:30pm - Involvement in Missions: From Perspective to the Practical:  Greg Young Engineering Ministries International,  Level 2, Room 18 Whether you are a student, in mid-career, or transitioning a lifetime of work and experience into the mission field, we will explore how to identify opportunities, establish "fit", and unpack the rewards and challenges of entering God's work of redemption in your community and around the world.  
  6. Sunday at 12:30pm: The Endangered Listening Culture: Ivy Clark, Anam Cara Ministries, Level 2, Room 09 - Our world, overtaken by speed and dialogues of the impervious, has reduced relationships from engagement to performance, prizing ableism while neglecting sacred belonging. Learn the ancient practice of wholly listening, a spacious and creational fabric where deep knowing and belonging are held.   
  7. Sunday at 2:00pm: “A Census was Taken”: Opportunities for the Church Created by Recent Immigration: Rick & Patti Love, Love New Canadians, Level 2, Room 16 - This seminar will analyze immigration, ethnocultural, and religious data from Statistics Canada’s 2021 Population Census and discuss changing immigration patterns in Canada and the opportunities this creates for churches to develop pathways to Jesus for the new Canadians in our neighbourhoods.  
  8. Sunday at 2:00pm - An Artist's Path: Julie Lowe: Hope2Offer, Level 2, Room 07 -  We live in a physical world but are not to be a part of it spiritually, yet Christian artists are called to live in a world in which the senses rule. How do we communicate the Gospel to an audience known for its hostility  towards believers? How do we use our gifts to reach the world He loves?
  9. Sunday at 2:00pm - New Opportunities after 30 Years in China: Mark Wollenberg International China Concern International China Concern began 30 years ago caring for children who had experienced abandonment because they were disabled. While cases of abandonment have decreased, growth for vocational training, support for parents, and therapy continue to increase as ICC serves children with disabilities. 

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