SHORT-TERM MISSIONS AND THE MISSIO DEI: BUILDING IN AN INSTANT WORLD WITH A LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE
“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10
24TH Annual Conference of the Central Africa Healthcare Organization
April 25-26, 2014
Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church
Spring Arbor, Michigan
A WORD OF WELCOME
Welcome to the 24th annual CAHO conference, a time set aside each year for fellowship, discussion, challenge, and renewal of the Lord’s call on our lives. We appreciate the time each of you has taken from busy schedules to be here, and our prayer is that your presence will have made a difference in the lives of others with whom you interact this weekend. Make it your goal to not only renew old friendships, but to also meet someone new, and encourage them wherever they might be on their journey.
The format this year will focus on the practical outworking of the missio Dei around the world through cross-cultural partnerships, and in particular short-term missions. We encourage your active participation as we journey together.
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 7:00 PM. Chapel, Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church
Registration and fellowship: renewing friendships, meeting new friends, preparing to build.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Chapel, Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church
8:30 a.m – 9:30 a.m. Registration
SESSION I: POURING THE FOUNDATION 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM
9:30 – 10:00 Introductions and joining together in worship
10:00 – 10:30 Setting solid footings: what is the missio Dei?
Dr. Charles White, Professor of Christian Thought and History, Spring Arbor University
10:30 – 10:45 Questions and discussion
10:45 – 11:15 Short-term missions and the missio Dei: past and future
Mrs. Deb Miller, RN, Director, Volunteers in Service Abroad (VISA) and Missions Resource Team
Leader, Free Methodist World Missions
11:15 – 11:30 Questions and discussion
11:30 – 12:00 Working in groups: reflections on Christian NGOs and the missio Dei
Dr. Robert Snyder, Associate Professor of Biology, College of the Ozarks
Former country director Mozambique and Kenya, Food for the Hungry International
12:00 – 12:15 Questions and discussion
LUNCH TOGETHER 12:15 – 1:45 PM SAFMC FELLOWSHIP ROOM
SESSION II: BUILDING THE WALLS 1:45 PM – 5:15 PM
1:45 – 2:15 God at work in Malawi: The Tribal Bible
Dr. Daniel Runyon, Associate Professor of English, Spring Arbor University
2:15 – 2:30 Questions and discussion
2:30 – 3:00 God at work in Haiti: Dessalines Claire Heureuse Hospital
Haiti Healthcare Advocates
3:00 – 3:15 Questions and discussion
3:15 – 3: 45 BREAK
3:45 – 4:15 God at work in Burundi: Hope Africa University and Kibuye Hope Hospital
Friends of Hope Africa University
4:15 – 4:30 Questions and discussion
4:30 – 5:00 God at work in Congo: Nundu Deaconess Hospital
Champions for Congo
5:00 – 5:15 Questions and discussion
SUPPER TOGETHER 5:30 – 7:00 PM SAFMC FELLOWSHIP ROOM
SESSION III: COMPLETING THE WALLS AND PUTTING ON THE ROOF 7:00 – 9:00 PM
7:00 – 7:30 God at work in Mozambique: Nhaloi Hospital
Hope & Healing Africa
7:30 – 7:45 Questions and discussion
7:45 – 8:15 God at work in Rwanda: Kibogora Hospital
The Better Together Partnership
8:15 – 8:30 Questions and discussion
All those who are staying over Sunday are invited to sit together for worship in the 9 a.m. service at the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church (look for the group in the middle left section, towards the front). Those who wish may gather together for continued fellowship over brunch at the Spring Arbor University dining commons (opens at 11 a.m.).
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO—
The Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church and staff for their encouragement and warm welcome as they have hosted the annual CAHO conference over many years.
The Free Methodist Foundation and dedicated staff for the tremendous assistance over the past 24 years that has made CAHO possible.
Ruth Rupert, Conference Coordinator, for her faithful service organizing conference details over many years. Sarah Granger, CAHO webmaster and media expert, for the contribution of her time and talents to CAHO and conference publicity.
Shirley and Steve Larson, Conference Hospitality Coordinators, along with their volunteer assistants, for their enthusiastic “behind the scenes” ministry that keeps us refreshed through a busy weekend.
PLAN NOW TO JOIN TOGETHER IN SPRING ARBOR APRIL 24-25, 2015, FOR THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL CAHO CONFERENCE, D.V. !
“Parem de lutar! Saibam que eu sou Deus!
Serei exaltado entre as nações,
serei exaltado na terra.”
Li di: -Rete la! Sispann goumen! Konnen se mwen menm ki Bondye. Se mwen k'ap dominen sou tout nasyon yo. Se mwen k'ap dominen sou tout latè.
Acheni, mjue ya kuwa Mimi ni Mungu, Nitakuzwa katika mataifa, nitakuzwa katika nchi.
Nimworoshye, mumenye kw ari jye Mana;
Nzashyirwa hejuru mu mahanga,
Nzashyirwa hejuru mw isi.
<<Arrêtez, et sachez que je suis Dieu!
Je domine sur les nations, je domine sur la terre.»
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Central Africa Healthcare Organization (CAHO) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to support the medical work at Kibogora Hospital, Rwanda; Nundu Deaconess Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo; Dessalines Claire Heureuse Hospital, Haiti; and Kibuye Hope Hospital, Africa. Support includes direct project funding, scholarship programs for national staff training, technical assistance, and promoting both short and extended-term expatriate service at these hospitals. CAHO is staffed entirely by volunteers, and funding is provided by many individual donors who wish to invest in the future of the hospitals and their communities. Additional details are available at www.gocaho.org .
YOU ARE INVITED
THE 24TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE CENTRAL AFRICA HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION
SPRING ARBOR, MICHIGAN, APRIL 25-26, 2014
TO SHARE TOGETHER AS WE EXPLORE
“Short-Term Missions and the Missio Dei: Serving in an Instant World With a Long-Term Perspective”
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”. Psalm 46:10
WHAT IS THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE?
For those who have never attended the conference (which over the years has come to be known as “CAHO”), this is a brief period of time when a group of eclectic Christ-followers gather together for fellowship, encouragement, updates on work overseas, and mutual challenge as we live out our call to follow Jesus. Originally focused on persons who had worked at or had an interest in the CAHO-affiliated hospitals in Burundi, Congo, Haiti, and Rwanda, it now includes others as well who come due to a shared interest in cross-cultural service, or to explore opportunities for future service.
This year, we will be exploring what it means to live out our calling through “short-term missions” (or as one title puts it, “the God-commanded repetitive deployment of swift, temporary, non-professional missionaries”….). We will be looking at the context of the Missio Dei, and asking ourselves “….as activist-minded Christians, are we truly beginning with Christ, His call and His kingdom, rather than reacting to the manifold problems that plague our world? What does it mean, in practical terms, to expose the victory of God rather than to seek to win it on the Divine’s behalf?”. These questions are posed by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, the author of “The World is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good” (Intervarsity Press, 2013), the recommended book for this year’s meeting.
The format of the conference will consist of formal presentations with opportunity for discussion (including the concept of Missio Dei, short-term missions in the 2014 world, the role of Christian NGOs, and updates from each of the hospitals and Hope Africa University); and ample time for informal discussion during breaks and meals together.
Presenters and attendees will include representatives from Haiti Healthcare Advocates, Friends of Hope Africa University, Congo Champions, CAHO, Free Methodist World Missions, and Hope and Healing Africa. Experience represented in the group includes those who have worked in extended-term and short-term missions, medical and non-medical, varied denominations, and different organizations, as well as those with a calling to support rather than to go.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The conference is open to everyone with an interest in cross-cultural service as they live out their call to follow Christ. Each individual has a particular perspective and gift to share, and it is through sharing together that we all grow. This can only occur if YOU are there!
We encourage STUDENTS to attend who are at the beginning of their journey, and can ask new questions. RETIRED persons are needed to share from their wealth of experience seeing God work, as well as what is means to remain active in their God-given vocation, even though the place may have changed. LAY PEOPLE of all vocations should attend to share how God is working out His calling on their lives in multiple roles, some of which are in cross-cultural service. PASTORS AND CHURCH MISSION COORDINATORS will contribute from the perspective of mobilizing the local church to global ministry. Leaders and board members of parachurch SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS along with members of short-term TEAMS are needed to broaden the discussion of ways to improve our partnership with Christians overseas. Bring others with you as well who are not familiar with CAHO, but may benefit from this time together. As we have said in the past, there are no strangers at CAHO, just friends we have not yet met!
In summary, EACH OF YOU is needed this year for the contribution God has prepared in advance for you to make.
WHEN AND WHERE?
We will be meeting at the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church (120 E. Main St [M-60], Spring Arbor, MI 49283), which has generously partnered with CAHO in hosting this conference for many years. The conference begins at 7 p.m. on Friday evening with a time of fellowship in the chapel (enter through the church office entry doors). The main sessions will take place on Saturday, beginning with registration from 9 – 9:45 a.m., and meetings beginning at 9:45 in the chapel. The conference will conclude around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. We encourage everyone who can to stay for lunch and supper together at the church, as these are great times for informal interaction.
For those of you flying in, Spring Arbor is approximately 70 miles west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport via I-94 and M-60 west (exit 136).
REGISTRATION AND MEALS:
There is no registration fee, but there is a modest charge ($28) for meals which can be paid on site (cash or check). We encourage everyone to register in order to plan facility needs for the day. To register, please contact Ruth Rupert by phone (517) 750-9410 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you will be participating in conference meals (Saturday lunch and/or dinner), she needs to know by Monday, April 14 to have an accurate count for the caterer.
If you require childcare, please let Ruth know also by Monday, April 14 so arrangements can be made.
A block of rooms at discounted rates ($109 per night) has been reserved at the Jackson Hampton Inn, 2225 Shirley Drive, Jackson (Exit 138 off of I-94). Ruth will need to know by Friday, March 21 if you would like a room reserved for you (email@example.com or 517-750-9410).
If you prefer to make your own arrangements, other lodging (without rate discount) is available at Country Inn & Suites, 3506 O’Neill Drive, Jackson (800) 456-4000; or Holiday Inn, 2696 Bob McClain Drive, Jackson (517) 789-9600. Both of these facilities are located at Exit 137 off of I-94.
Housing can also be arranged in homes if preferred. Contact Ruth Rupert directly for further information.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Feel free to contact Ruth or Glenn–
Ruth Rupert, conference coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Snyder, CAHO email@example.com or 248-398-3165
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU NEXT MONTH!