The theme for our time together comes from Revelation 7:9-10:
After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” (NLT)
Not only is this a powerful word of joyful hope, but it also contains the essence of our mission, the reason we do what we do.
In keeping with this, we have asked three people to join us as guest speakers. Ronnie Stevens has been a friend of CRM’s for many years and is a gifted Bible teacher. Coming to us from Moscow, Russia, he will be joining us to help us go deep into those prophetic words from Revelation. Libby Little was a missionary in a restricted-access country for over thirty years. She has an amazing story to tell and will share with us from her deep well of courage, faith, and boldness. Anne de Leyser comes to us from the Ffald-y-Brenin Retreat Centre in Wales which is in the midst of an outpouring of God’s blessing and power. She’s got stories and a prayer practice to share that is laying the foundation for gospel movements around the world.
In addition to these plenary speakers, Myles Wilson will be hosting several opportunities for training on the biblical principles of fundraising. He is a master at helping missionaries understand the foundations of biblical fundraising and to apply them in their own cultural contexts.
We’ll also be hearing from a variety of CRM staff on what God is doing around the world as well as taking a look at where we’re headed together as an organization. We’ll have a variety of opportunities to learn from each other through workshops and training.
One of the things that we have heard from many different sources throughout the preparation for this conference is the desire for time spent together in worship and hearing from God. So we have made worship and prayer a priority, both in the plenary sessions as well as in the workshops. Based on past experience, when CRM people get together, God likes to do stuff. Above all, we want to make space for that to happen.
Anne de Leyser
Anne is currently on the team of a Missional House of Prayer and Christian Retreat Centre called Ffald-y-Brenin in Wales. In recent years, an extraordinary move of God has been pouring out of this tiny place as described in the bestselling book "The Grace Outpouring". Anne is Director of a ministry at Ffald-y-Brenin called Local Houses of Prayer. She has developed training resources for this ministry which have now been translated into over 10 languages.
Anne served 10 years on the main Board of Tearfund. At the end of last year, she retired from the International Board of Tearfund after 20 years of service as both a member and chair of this committee. In addition, she worked for 18 years as a Director of Cygnet, a consultancy involved in Leadership and Organizational Development. In her role in Cygnet, Anne worked in the areas of Strategy and Team Development, Organisational and Cultural Transformation, and Executive Coaching. She has lived and worked in India, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique and Senegal.
Anne is married to David and they have two sons, Jonathan (27) and Michael (25). Anne and David attend their local church in the village where they live in Oxfordshire.
Kept confidential for security reasons. You have to come to conference to find out more!
Ronnie and Jane have served abroad for the better part of 24 years. Recently, Ronnie served as a pastor of Moscow Bible Church. Late 2017, Ronnie left his formal position at the church with plans to not only minister in Moscow, but from Moscow.
Ronnie has ongoing ministries in many countries, encouraging local pastors, and ministering to refugees and others eager to hear the good news. While in Moscow, Jane continues her ministry of connecting art and the Gospel as she lectures on biblical themes from the vast array of art in that city.
Myles Wilson, along with his wife Phyllis, worked with Agape (Campus Crusade for Christ in Western Europe) from 1975-1991. During this time Myles developed a passion for helping missionaries do a better job developing and maintaining teams of supporters.
Today, Funding the Family Business is the ministry that sees them help mission organisations across the globe equip their local staff to understand the Biblical and practical realities of living on a support basis. This experience leaves Myles ideally placed to explore common challenges facing those raising support for Christian ministry across many cultures.
Myles is the author of the acclaimed personal support handbook Funding the Family Business (available in the US at www.twr.org/ftfb). They live in their native Northern Ireland.
We've got a great set of workshops lined up for the week and we're excited to share them with you. On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, we'll kick off what we're calling our Learning Co-op. The Learning Co-op will feature seminars taught mostly by field staff and focused on the topic of "Prayer and Intimacy with Jesus". Thursday afternoon will feature our Equipping Workshops which will be longer and focus on areas of practical application for life and ministry. Then on Friday morning, we'll be back to the Learning Co-op with a range of topics that will give you some new tools for growth (and make for good conversations later around the lunch table!)
Check out the topics on the Workshop Schedule PDF.