Global Missions Experience

What is the Global Missions Experience?

The Market

The GME Market Experience is an amazing opportunity to get a taste of daily life in many countries.

From haggling shopkeepers, to roadside musicians, to the noise of crowded streets, the GME market provides an overwhelming sensory experience.

In the market, GME participants will get to work together with a group of other missions minded people to purchase, prepare, and eat a meal as part of an exciting hands-on cultural opportunity.

Learning Stations

Get outside the classroom setting and experience missions! Camp Tahkodah and Harding University Tahkodah provide excellent locations to participate in hands-on learning stations. You will:

 - Acquire skills useful in both urban and rural settings

 - Receive guidance from seasoned missionaries

 - Gain knowledge that will be helpful wherever you choose to serve the Lord

Classes

The following classes are designed to help students of various majors better understand how they can use their talents and skills in the mission of God. 
Ministry
Art and Design
Media, Communication, and Technology
Athletics
Healthcare Sciences
Business
Education
Performing Arts
Behavioral Sciences
Engineering
Law/Public Office

Keynotes

GME 2017 Keynote Speakers

Tony Fernández

Tony posing for a photo

Tony Fernández is the representative in Cuba for Hope For Life/Herald of Truth Ministries. He also preaches for the Versalles Church of Christ in Matanzas, Cuba. Tony began this congregation along with his parents in 1992; since then, the congregation has grown from 3 members to over 700. The Versalles has planted dozens of other congregations, averaging approximately 180 baptisms per year. He is an accomplished bass violinist, presenting concerts both nationally and internationally, including tours of Spain, Austria, Brazil, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and the United States. In 2000, he helped begin the Church of Christ Chamber Choir, which has performed in prestigious events throughout Cuba, including two performances for President Raúl Castro. He lives in Matanzas, Cuba, with his wife Liudmila and their daughter.

William Zhang

William smiling for a photograph

William Zhang is from Beijing, China. In 2005, two months before he started pursuing his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology, he heard the Gospel online from Judy Liu, a sister from Zhuhai. Then, he studied the Bible with Gary Jackson who was a missionary in Beijing. One month later, he was baptized. Since April, 2006, Martin and Marcus Rodriguez, two other missionaries, and several other brothers and sisters including Zhang, started a new congregation in Haidian because of the overcrowded room in Wangjing and the traffic issue. He has been serving this church in which he grew up for 11 years. He has been serving in ministry full time since March 2016. Now he is participating in a distance-learning program of Christian ministry in Harding University.

Carl Williamson

Carl posing for a photo

Carl Williamson has been instrumental in the formation and planting of two churches in central New Jersey. Along with his wife Alicia and their daughters Zoe and Elle, they have been missionaries in the USA for the past 13 years. Carl is completing a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Harding School of Theology and finishing his dissertation on the importance of integrity and Christian ethics with finances in the church. He is currently the minister of the Gateway Church of Christ, a church plant that began Fall 2011. During his time in New Jersey, he has served on the board of the North Brunswick Senior Housing Corporation, which serves seniors with low-income housing and services. He also founded the Gateway Disaster Response Team, which began in response to Superstorm Sandy and was integral in providing supplies and services of over $3 million to those affected by the storm. He also helped organize and run a community kitchen called Spoon Full of Hope with a grant received from the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen. Carl is unyielding in his desire to help those who are oppressed and treated unjustly by sharing with them the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dmytro Kuropiatnykov 

Dmytro and his wife smiling for a photo in front of a body of water

Dmytro Kuropiatnykov is a preacher at the church of Christ in Lviv. He was born in Kramatorsk, Eastern Ukraine. Together with his wife and two other Christian families moved to Lviv, Western Ukraine, where they have planted a church in 2015. Dmytro has a Masters in Psychology and Bachelors in Theology and has currently been studying in a graduate program pursuing a Masters degree in Theology. He actively participates in organization of various seminars and Christian camps. 

Machona 

machona with his family

Machona is married to Thabelo and they are blessed with two daughters Lutendo, and Zukiswa. He came to know the Lord through World Bible School.  His teacher was John R Morgan, he was baptized by George Funk, his WBS follow-up teacher. He has a Diploma in Biblical Studies with International Bible Institute, a Diploma in Human Resources with Birnam Business College. Machona also has a BRS degree in Religious studies with Nations University, and MRS with Nations. He has served as a Preacher on the Gospel Chariot for 7 years, and church planter in South Africa and the southern part of Africa.  He has also conducted leadership seminars in Cameroon, Kenya, and Tanzania. He presently preaches part-time for Seeiso Str Church of Christ in Attridgeville. In additioin, he serves as a regional director for Gauteng, and National Chairperson of New Life Behavior. He serves as Trustee in the Board of African Christian College, in Swaziland. His speaking engagements include: Southern African International Lectureship, Botswana National Lectureship, Pepperdine Lectures, Global Mission Conference, Global Missions Workshop, World Bible School dinners, SABC Lectureship, and International Marriage Seminar. He has also spoken in several churches in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, and the USA. He graduated from Harding University with BMIN degree and is currently a missionary at Gospel Chariot Mission. Machona resides in Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa and is working hard to plant a church while reaching the community with evangelism through Mathematics.

Alfred Habashy

Alfred smiling for a photo

A husband of Hala since 2000, and a father of Joly 14 years old and Andrew 13 years old. I graduated from Ain Shams University faculty of Engineer, Automatic control & computer Department in 1985. I was later ordained a minister on May 21, 2011 after completing my ministry training program at Sunset International Bible Institute, and I have served Cairo Church of Christ as assistant preacher since that time. The Cairo Church of Christ was first established in 1982 by my father Francis Habashy. In the last three years, I played a vital role in the construction of Church homes in the front areas of Egypt as well as serving refugees in Athens Greece and in Bremen Germany. Beside, involves in translates and records English material into Arabic.

Campfires

Campfires are a special time at night set apart for interactions with missionaries from around the world. This year they will focus on sharing the gospel in various cultural contexts.

Campfires include:

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North AmericaTBA
Latin AmericaTBA
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South PacificTBA
EuropeTBA
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