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Missions Convention 2013

by Office of Marketing | November 05, 2013
"Missions is not just a major here at Valley Forge; it is not just a ministry. It is at the center of everything we do.”

With these words, President Don Meyer launched one of Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) community’s favorite traditions – Missions Convention. Every fall semester VFCC sets aside three days to focus intensely on the global work of evangelism. During chapel, in the classroom and in their free time, students and staff engage in the important discussion of missions with ministers and leaders from around the world.

These discussions were led in part by Rev. Bill Snider. He and his wife, Dr. Kim Snider, have served in the Southeast Asia region for 25 years (primarily in Manila, Philippines). Rev. Snider is the area director for Assemblies of God World Missions personnel in the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia; he is also the director for Asia Pacific Media Ministries (APMM), the regional media ministry of Assemblies of God in Asia. APM produces videos, television shows and radio programs as a means of outreach; the ministry also offers media training in the Philippines as well as supporting APMM-China. Furthermore, Dr. Snider is a published author and educator working with APMM.

Over the course of three days, Rev. Snider encouraged students and staff to “go beyond” – stepping out of their comfort zones in order to do amazing things in the name of God, things that only He could facilitate. With a running theme of selflessness, he urged all listeners to offer their resources, dreams and lives in order to fulfill the callings that God has placed, or will place, upon them.

This inspiring series of sermons was echoed within the walls of Cardone Hall. There, Rev. and Dr. Snider spoke to students about the importance of using their talents to spread the Gospel of the Lord. In particular, Dr. Snider relayed her own journey as an author. “When I was just eight years old … God spoke in my heart: ‘Go into all the world and write,’” said Dr. Snider. As of now, she has written two books ("Moments for Mothers" and "Welcoming Jesus Into Your Home") and has been instrumental in publishing another book.

Dr. Snider is also the founder and editor of "MOMS," a quarterly magazine that reaches Filipino women with the topics of parenting, family life and health. In addition, she conducts writer’s workshops, training participants who want to publish their writing. In recounting these experiences, she encouraged students to use the gifts God has given them with confidence and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

Opportunities abounded during Missions Convention for each student to get involved in the work of God around the world. Students were given the chance to connect with a number of missionaries and ministries in order to learn more about global evangelism and how to get involved. The event, Praying Beyond So All Can Hear, was also hosted in the Flower Chapel, giving students a chance to join together in intercession as they prayed specifically for the needs of foreign regions and countries. Students were given the opportunity to make a “faith promise," which is a pledge to give a certain amount of money to missions on a weekly or monthly basis. Faith promises encourage ongoing participation and investment in global evangelism.

At the opening of Missions Convention 2013, the VFCC Missions Team announced the 2014 missions trips. During spring and summer breaks, groups of students, faculty and staff will venture to various countries. This year's missions trips will include China, Greece, Indonesia, Macedonia and Albania, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Romania, Russia and Turkey. Please pray for our students as they consider these opportunities and prepare to serve the church internationally.