Prayer Vlog for June


Father, we thank you and pray for ICOM, Executive Director Dave Empson, President Enoch Nyador, the keynote and session speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees, especially the missionaries.  We pray that You will use ICOM to equip men and women around this country and world to be Your ambassadors, making Your appeal through them.  Empower everyone associated with ICOM to equip these women and men to be Your representatives to guide those who don’t know You and need to be reconciled to You.  Use what happens at ICOM to prepare them to minister so that others come to know that You, Jesus, the One Who knew no sin but was made sin so that in and through You they might become Your righteousness—approved and acceptable and in right standing with You.  

May the attendees be reminded that it is You who motivates and fits and works effectively through them.  That it is not in their own strength that they serve You, but it You Who is effectually at work in them—energizing and creating in them the power and desire to will and to work for Your good pleasure.  

Holy Spirit, use the activities and divine appointments to remind our missionaries that in their lives and work they have the strength to do all things in Jesus, Who empowers them; that they are self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.  Equip them with the passion and the strength to be bright lights in a dark world, holding out and offering the Word of Life.  

Use the fellowship of ICOM to equip and challenge all of them to be energized by faith and motivated by love and to maintain an unwavering hope in the return of Jesus Christ.  Lord, may these men and women be reminded that You are their Potter and they are the clay, and that they are the works of Your hand.  

Raise up fellow Christ followers at ICOM and in our churches to pray for these missionary-driven women and men to be filled with the full, deep, and clear knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom, having comprehensive insight into Your ways and purposes.  And may many pray for these missionary servants that they may walk and live and conduct themselves in a manner worthy of You, pleasing to You and desiring to please You in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of You.  

And we pray that they may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of Your glory to exercise every kind of endurance and patience and perseverance and forbearance with joy, giving thanks to You, Who has qualified and made them fit for their work.  And may prayers be lifted up for them to continue to stay with and in the faith in Christ—well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope which rests on and is inspired by the glad tidings of the Gospel—which is what they are sharing around the world.  

In the ICOM prayer room, Holy Spirit, direct and guide and equip the attendees to be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in their prayers for themselves and others—being alert and intent in their praying with thanksgiving.  

Use the breakout sessions for the missionaries to be reminded how to make the very most of the time and seizing up opportunities; and how to let their speech at all times be gracious, pleasant, and winsome, seasoned with salt, so that they may never be at a loss to know how they should answer anyone who questions them.  

Use the keynote speakers to help the attendees grow so that they will be known by Your fruit, Holy Spirit–love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control and use the speakers to give instruction on how the attendees can be good farmers in planting the seeds of the fruit we all wish to harvest.

Equip them through all means to understand and embrace that they are not wrestling with flesh and blood, but against the spirit forces of wickedness and then how to stand their ground and how to put on and tighten the belt of Truth—and Jesus, You are our Truth; how to take up and put on the breastplate of integrity and right-standing with You; how to shod their feet in preparation to face the enemy with firm-footed stability, which is produced by the Gospel of peace; how to lift up and use the shield of faith to quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked one and sometimes of their own brothers and sisters; how to put on the helmet of salvation; and to take up and effectively use      the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word, O God!  

Lord, use ICOM to equip and prepare them like horses that were prepared for battle, but imprint on them that they always can rest in knowing that deliverance and victory are of You!  

Jesus, when our missionaries are weary and want to give up, equip them with what they need to finish their course and their ministry, which has been entrusted to them by You.  

And in closing, for our missionaries and all of us, please strengthen and make us what we ought to be and equip us with everything good that we may carry out Your will, and that You work in us and accomplish that which is pleasing in Your sight.  Through You, Jesus Christ, our Messiah, to Whom be the glory forever and ever.  




Prayer Vlog for May

Greetings from Bloomington, Indiana.

I am excited to share with you in this month’s Vlog my recent visit to the Peoria Civic Center and Arena, which is the venue for 2017 ICOM. I am visual, so I needed to see the site, most especially the room designated to be our Prayer Room.  You will see in the Vlog Enoch Nyador, the 2017 ICOM President, prayer walking the room. We then went outside to walk and pray around the whole building.

We invite you to join us in this prayer adventure! I apologize for the quality of the video. Something about my phone flipping the video, which then had to be reflipped, which affected the quality. Maybe by the time of my last Vlog in October, I will be more proficient!

Thanks for watching the Vlog and for praying!


Prayer Vlog for April


Deut 1:38  But Joshua son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there.  Encourage him for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.

Deut 3:28  But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over before this people and he shall cause them to possess the land which you shall see.  

Joshua 1:9  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous.  Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Judges 20:22  But the people, the men of Israel, took courage and strengthened themselves and again set their battle line in the same place where they formed it the first day.

I Chron 16:11  Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually.  

II Chron 35:2  He appointed the priests to their positions and encouraged them in the service of the house of the Lord.

Acts 4:36  Now Joseph, a Levite and native of Cyprus who was surnamed Barnabas by the apostles, which interpreted means Son of Encouragement.

Acts 15:32  And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, urged and warned and consoled and encouraged the brethren with many words and strengthened them.  Acts 16:40; Acts 20:2

Romans 1:11-12  For I am yearning to see you, that I may impart and share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen and establish you; that is, that we may be mutually strengthened and encouraged and comforted by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.

Romans 15:5  Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Thess 5:11  Therefore encourage, admonish, and exhort one another and edify, strengthen, and build up one another, just as you are doing.  

II Thess 2:16 17  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and gave us everlasting consolation and encouragement and well-founded hope through His grace, His unmerited favor, comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Titus 1:9  He must hold fast to the sure and trustworthy Word of God as he was taught it, so that he may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement in sound wholesome doctrine and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it.

Please join me in praying for ICOM, Dave Empson, and Enoch Nyador.

Father, we thank you that in 1948, missionaries and people who love the work of missionaries gathered as a community to encourage each other.  And that assembly is still happening every year.  So, we pray Your Word for this 2017 gathering…everything that is leading up to it and then those days in November.  

Lord, Paul tells us that You are the One Who gives the power of patient endurance and supplies encouragement.  Thank you!  But You allow us to be Your instruments of encouragement.  And there is even the gift of encouragement, but we each are charged to be encouraging and at times, we each need to be encouraged.  Help us to give and receive.

In the Hebrew Testament, the people of Israel were called on to encourage Joshua to go into Israel.  They were to encourage and strengthen him for the work You had given him.  And Joshua later issued an encouragement for the Israelites to be strong, vigorous, and very courageous.  To not be afraid or dismayed, because You, their God, would be with them wherever they went.  Lord, we pray for the men and women who serve You on mission fields and who need encouragement to go; who need Your strength; who need to be reminded that they are not to be afraid or dismayed, because You are with them wherever they go.  

In Judges, the men of Israel took courage and strengthened themselves and prepared for battle.  O God, all those who serve You abroad and at home are doing battle…not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  May they be daily be suiting up in Your armor.

In II Chronicles, it is stated that priests were appointed to their positions and were encouraged in their service.  May we each be aware of how You are using us, but may we also be aware that we are to encourage those around us who, too, are serving You.  And we pray that You will use ICOM 2017 to encourage Your missionary servants in their service.

Lord, thank you for using Barnabas, Son of Encouragement, in Paul’s life as an encourager and fellow servant in the spreading of Your love and grace.  We ask that You provide Barnabases in the lives of our missionaries.  Friends abroad and at home to help hold up them up, especially when they are fatigued and weary.  Please use ICOM to inspire us how to be a Barnabas, and how to come along side those who have been called to serve You as missionaries.  

Father, as Paul wrote to Titus about the overseers of the Church, we pray the same for our missionaries that they hold fast to the Your sure and trustworthy Word as they have been taught, so that they may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement in sound wholesome doctrine and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it.

There are many places in Your Word that urged, warned, consoled, strengthened, comforted, and encouraged are used together. Holy Spirit, we ask that You be present at ICOM to meet each of us where we are in what we need.  May ICOM 2017 be a place that all those attending be used in different ways to minister. Give us divine appointments to be used as urgers, warners consolers, strengtheners, comforters and/or encouragers.

Paul tells us that he was yearning to see the Romans so that he could impart and share with them some spiritual gift to strengthen and establish them; that they would be mutually strengthened and encouraged and comforted by each other’s faith.  Lord, may the faith of all the attendees at ICOM mutually strengthen and encourage and comfort each other.

So, in closing Lord, I use Paul’s exhortation and encouragement to the Romans and Thessalonians:  

Now O God, You Who gives the power of patient endurance and Who supplies encouragement, grant us—our missionaries, the leadership of ICOM, those praying for ICOM, and all the attendees–to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together we may with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify You, our God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

And may You Lord Jesus and You, God our Father, Who loved us and gave us everlasting consolation and encouragement and well-founded hope through Your grace, comfort and encourage our hearts and strengthen us in every good work and word.

Holy Sprit, encourage, urge, exhort us to seek the Lord and His strength; may we yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually.

And I pray with all my brothers and sisters In the Name of the Great Encourager.  Amen



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We are leading a trip to Israel!

From David Empson:
My wife, Sherree, and I are leading a trip to Israel! This is an unexpected trip for both of us. We hadn’t really considered going to Israel until Dann Spader asked us to lead a trip with him. As soon as he asked us – we were all in! We have become more excited about this as we’ve begun preparing to announce this trip. Dann Spader is an amazing teacher, mentor and friend.

That is the key difference about this trip for us – Dann. I attended a series of classes over a 9 month period taught by Dann Spader about the life of Jesus that challenged me to the core. I wish I had $50 for every time Dann said to me, “Dave, I need to take you with me to Israel”. I tended to write it off when he mentioned it. By the end of studying the life of Christ during these classes, I had done a complete 180 degree turnaround in my attitude. Now I can’t wait to go. Seriously! I have never had the life of Christ given to me the way Dann has taught me.  I have always heard of people who have gone and experienced some things being near the place where maybe Jesus might have sat or stepped. One of the real joys for me will be to get to experience it all with my wife!

There are some things to note about this trip:

  • This trip will be a financial commitment.
    • The cost for the trip is $2,600 for a double occupancy room. There is an additional cost for a single occupancy room. This does not include the cost of your flights.
      • The good news is that we have a “payment plan” of sorts set up where we take payments for the trip in 4 installments!
  • The bus only holds 45 people.  I know of 14 going already!
  • Registration is open now! Your first payment of $600 is due with registration.

You can see the info on our website,  Read all the details, talk it over with your spouse, your church missions team, your friends – anyone who would help you go or who would want to go with you!

Let me repeat the words of Dann, “Come and go with me to Israel”.  Come with us! Come ready to be blessed and the land of Israel will come alive with the times and teachings of Jesus. We would love to have you join us on this trip!

David Empson

Executive Director, ICOM


Prayer Vlog For March

Spend some time in prayer for ICOM with 2017 Prayer Chair Peggy Welch as she prays for the conference, the president, the staff and the people coming to ICOM. Thanks for your encouraging words, Peggy! Join us here the 3rd week of each month for a dedicated prayer time leading up to ICOM.


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Enoch Nyador

Pastor Enoch Nyador – President – ICOM 2017

Pastor Nyador invites you to the International Conference On Missions – 2017, in Peoria, IL




Join the ICOM Volunteer Team!

In December, I joined the ICOM team as an Administrative Assistant. My three main responsibilities are helping with the development aspect of ICOM, recruiting volunteers and assisting with bulk mailings in the office. I am humbled to witness many hands and many hearts to make ICOM possible to Encourage, Equip and Enlist missionaries for Kingdom service. ICOM’s prayers were answered recently with the merging of The Missions Network.  This will help do two things. One, it will help further our knowledge of on-the-field activities and give us opportunities to share stories from across the world and highlight global missions within our network. The second thing is that we will continue to prepare and send out newsletters to missionaries. That is what part of my new role will be, helping put together the mailings for missionary newsletters and sending them out!

ICOM is like a huge puzzle of many pieces being put together throughout the year.  A very important piece is the awesome group of volunteers that have served in many different ways. That’s how I got my start at ICOM – volunteering at conference! With the merge of The Missions Network, the mailings will greatly increase. ICOM is needing more volunteers who are willing to serve the Lord in this area. These mailings consist mainly of stuffing and labeling envelopes. Part of the time while working, we will listen to stories of missionaries on the field and also take time to pray for them.

If you or your friends want to serve, please contact me.  I will be happy to be flexible with your days or hours of availability.  The time and energy spent for this important piece of the puzzle will be greatly appreciated and also is a lot of fun!!!! ICOM is located in the little town of Hazelwood, Indiana but your volunteer service will have a huge impact on missionaries serving here and around the world.  I hope and pray you will join the ICOM VOLUNTEER TEAM!

Our theme for this year’s conference is “TOGETHER.”  We CAN do more TOGETHER to further the message of Hope of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Vicki Hacker
Office: 317-539-4231
Cell Phone:  317-697-1067


2017 ICOM Prayer Chair

Peggy Welch

Greetings from Bloomington, Indiana. I am Peggy Welch and I have the humbling privilege of serving as the 2017 ICOM Prayer Chair. Thank you for joining the ICOM blog to stay connected and prepared for our time in Peoria.

When I meet someone new, I ask lots of questions, so I thought I would answer some questions I would ask if I was just meeting me.

Peggy, tell us a few things about yourself.
I am a girl from Mississippi, who met an Indiana boy on a blind date in Washington, DC, and became a Bloomington Hoosier—many years ago. Still married to that boy and with him, we have one beloved son, who has blessed us with a wonderful daughter-in-law and three incredible and delightful grandchildren. I grew up in a Christian home; came to understand the difference between just being saved and Jesus being Lord at the age of 14—and of course, still learning what that means; and my husband and I are active members of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church (SOCC). My professional life has been varied, but in each position I have known that the Lord placed me to work as unto Him and to positively reflect Him to others. If you really want to know more details, you can go to:

How did you come to be the ICOM Prayer Chair?
Great question, which I can only answer with “it is a God-thing!” I have done various mission trips, but my heart is drawn to Africa. I have traveled to Africa five times, with three of those being medical mission trips to Ghana. My first trip was with FAME, and the last two have been with Global Health Outreach (GHO). Each time we connected and worked with Enoch Nyador and his team at Ghana Christian Mission. As you may know, Enoch is the 2017 ICOM President. Over the years, Enoch and I have come to know and trust each other. In August 2016, after returning from Ghana and having lunch with Enoch and friends in Bloomington, Enoch surprised me with an invitation to serve as his prayer chair for the 2017 ICOM. To be completely transparent, I knew nothing about ICOM, even though many members of my church have attended the conferences. I told Enoch I would need to learn about ICOM and ask the Lord what He wanted me to do. After prayer and consideration, I accepted the invitation, and the leadership of ICOM has kindly embraced me and is educating me.

What have you been doing to prepare for the 2017 ICOM?
I love praying the Word, so I purposed that I would pray a section of Scripture each Sunday for Enoch and Dave Empson, the ICOM Executive Director, and email it to them. On Sunday, January 1, 2017, I started this weekly missive by praying all of Colossians for them, and each subsequent Sunday, they have received a prayer of Scripture that I have been led to pray or they have requested.
Dave Empson did a virtual introduction of me and several past prayer chairs. I am still in the process of “interviewing” them about what they did and how they did it. Their passion and insights are continuing to inspire me, and ideas are coming!
I have requested that a small group of friends be committed to praying for me, specifically, as I lead intercession for ICOM.

What are you praying for currently?
To have the Lord’s eyes, ears, and heart for what and how He wants these next nine months to be used in intercession and preparation.
For many prayer partners who will join me in regular prayer for ICOM. There will be frequent messages of prayer requests via this blog, emails, and possibly other social media. And as expected those messages will become more frequent as we get closer to November 16th.
For a core of prayer warriors…men and women who are committed to praying with fervency for ICOM 2017. It was suggested by a past prayer chair that I have at least 40 prayer warriors.
That the Lord raise up someone in the Peoria area who will help me with the ICOM Prayer Room….someone with Holy Spirit-directed creativity.
Direction to understand enough to know what questions to ask and what to pray for!!

What are you currently envisioning?
I would like to share the weekly Sunday prayer for Enoch and Dave with anyone who wishes to receive it.
I plan on leading a prayer preparation 40 days leading up to the conference. Unless the Lord directs another way, I will use Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle as our guide.
If you are familiar with spiritual retreats like Walk to Emmaus and the Great Banquet, you know that each retreat is covered by continuous prayer from the beginning to the end of the weekend. I would like to have brothers and sisters across the globe commit to a designated 30-minute period on a structured prayer calendar to cover the 2017 ICOM event, beginning to end, with continuous prayer.
In the prayer room, I would like to have a big world map with a small bowl of olive oil close by that a pray-er can dip a finger into and specifically anoint and pray for a country and/or missionary. At the end of the conference I would like to see a drippy map covered in dots of oil –a visual representation of all the prayers that were lifted up to our Heavenly Father!

Please let me hear from you with your suggestions, ideas, concerns, and/or if you wish to join us as a prayer partner or warrior. I want to hear from you!! My email is:

In closing, I want to share a suggested link to a wonderful presentation on prayer. I had the great privilege to attend the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. The keynote speaker was US Senate Chaplain Barry Black. Wow! His talk was about having your voice heard in heaven. I think you will enjoy it. Be sure to have pen and paper on hand because Chaplain Black references numerous Bible verses you will want to read for yourself.

Oh, Eternal Godhead, I look forward to joining with You and many sisters and brothers from around Your world as we pray for ICOM 2017 and all the details and challenges that go along with such an event. May we be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in our prayer lives, being alert, intent, watching, and waiting, as we pray with thanksgiving. And I pray this in the Name of the One Who is both alert and intentional regarding us. Amen (Colossians 4:2 and Psalms 5:2, Amplified)

Grace and Peace, Peggy



2017 Speaker Lineup

The International Conference On Missions Presents:
Together God’s Plan To Redeem The World.

Henry Burgea
I was born In Bukavu on April 27 1963. In Bukavu, Eastern DRC, I gave my life to Christ on August 2nd 1975. I studied Bible and spent some years in Theological Education then worked for 2 years training medical and nursing students in Katana, Eastern DR Congo. After more medical training, I went back to Bukavu and was requested to coordinate the medical program of my Church in the Country (DR Congo) where I served for 6 years.

My love for the Church and ministry was nurtured and developed by missionaries who devoted themselves to the cause of the Gospel amidst numerous challenges. In 1996, I started my Master’s in Communication with leaning on Intercultural Communication. After completion,  I joined Christian Missionary Fellowship International and was assigned a short term mission to Ivory Coast.

In 2011, I was called to help start LivingStone International University, a new project of the New Testament Churches of Christ for the Eastern Region of Uganda. I am serving now as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and a Volunteer Church servant with Mbale Church of Christ.

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program that will give me a specialty in Leadership, Policy, and Change. I am expected to graduate, God willing, early 2018. Africa and the world need “TRUE SERVANT LEADERS”. We are called by God so that through us He molds a new breed of leaders: TRUE SERVANT LEADERS.

I am happily married to Yvette Bisimwa Chibalonza. We have 5 children, and 2 grandchildren. My family and the family of my daughter are very stable and strong in faith.

Vivert Lall
Vivert did his early education in the mission’s school in his hometown, Damoh. He did  his Masters of Science, (Mathematics) from Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar, India and Bachelor of Theology from Atlanta Christian College, (Point University) Atlanta, GA. U.S.A. He received his Doctor of Divinity from The United Theological Seminary, India

Vivert serves as Chairman of Mid-India Mission in Damoh. He focuses on planting churches and in preaching the Gospel. Other than this, God has also used him to do ministry for the persecuted in India. Vivert & Neelam have a ministry for children from persecuted families as well as for the children from their Church plants. He has recently put together a book/study in Hindi language which gives steps towards becoming a Christian. It is being published in several regional languages in India now. God has used Vivert to preach the Gospel throughout India, Nepal, the United States, Russia and Poland. He has also been asked to speak at Pepperdine this year.

He has also been Assistant Governor of Rotary and the President for the town. During his college years in India, he captained the cricket team of his University.  Now he serves as the Chairman of District Olympic and Cricket Associations of the town.

Vivert Lall is the son of Dr. Stanley Lalit and Dr. (Mrs.) Dolly Lall. He is married to Neelam for 22 years now. God has blessed them with two children, Monica (21) and Lae Stanley (19).

Mike Nichols
Mike was born in 1958 and raised in central Illinois as a “preacher’s kid.”  His father, Ed Nichols, has been involved in the preaching ministry and cross-cultural missions for over forty years.  Mike graduated with a B.A. degree from Lincoln Christian College (now Lincoln Christian University) in 1980 and a M.A. degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary in 1983.  Mike was youth minister at the Greenview Christian Church in Greenview, Illinois for about five years before becoming a missionary.

He and his family served as missionaries with ACM International in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, from 1983 to 1993.  From 1994 to present, Mike has been teaching at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois.  He is currently Professor and Director for the Intercultural Studies Program in the undergraduate school.  Mike has made numerous short-term ministry trips to over twenty countries.  He is a 2014 graduate of Trinity International University (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, TEDS) where he earned a PhD degree in Intercultural Studies with a minor in Education. Mike has published articles on missions topics in two different professional journals and has recently completed the manuscript of his first book, “Short Life: Living for What Matters During our Few Days on Earth.”

The Nichols’ family resides near Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. Mike and his wife Julie have been married for thirty-four years and have three adult children; Sarah (husband Jake), Jason (wife Chelsea), and Samantha (fiancé Josh).  Mike and Julie have two grandchildren; Mike has also been a spiritual father to several “spiritually adopted” children.

Jerry Harris
Jerry Harris is Lead Pastor of The Crossing, a multi-site mega-church, based in Quincy, Illinois and planted in several  communities ranging in population from 125 to 40,000. Under Jerry’s leadership, The Crossing has grown from 230 people to over 8000 at 11 locations in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Kentucky. Outreach Magazine has consistently named The Crossing among the top 100 fastest growing and largest churches in America.  Jerry is the author of Micropolitan Church (Crossbooks/Lifeway 2011), 50 Days (Crossing publications 2011), and Shifted: The Crossing Story (an Exponential E-book).  He is an original board member of The Solomon Foundation and also Chairman of the Board of Care India, a mission located in southeastern India.  He and his wife Allison have 4 grown children, all in ministry.

Enoch Nyador
Enoch Nyador is a native of Ghana,West Africa. He has been married to Lydia, a family doctor and ophthalmologist for 32 years, and they are blessed with a daughter, Yayra Odame-Akrofi, an optometrist, and two sons, Makafui and Jacob who are both college graduates. Eyram, the grandson has the most attention in the family. For the past 29 years, Enoch has served as the founder and executive director of Ghana Christian Mission, leading a team of 26 evangelists and 59 midwives, nurses and para- medicals in planting churches and treating the sick in the name of Christ among 11 unreached people groups in Ghana.  He taught at Ghana Christian College from 1986-1992 and continues to serve on the University Council for over 15 years. He served as a student minister (1978-1982) and later as the first minister of the Abeka Christian Church in Accra, Ghana where he was ordained into the ministry in 1982. He loves to read detective novels and play ping pong for recreation. He and his family make their home in Gbetsile, Tema, where they are active members of the Pistis Christian Church, Gbetsile, near Michel Camp on the Tema-Akosombo road.

Dwain Illman
At LaMoine Christian Service Camp in Western Illinois I became a “life recruit” and went to Lincoln Christian College to get my undergraduate degree in Bible. While a student, I served as youth minister of Webber Street Church of Christ in Urbana and preaching minister at Ripley Christian Church, Ripley, Illinois. During that time, I was challenged by a speaker to enter medicine. I spent 4 years at the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln College of Medicine in Chicago and graduated with my MD. Degree. I married my wonderful wife Marilyn while in medical school. We had daughters Christine and Julia while I was a resident in Dallas and our son Drew came later. After residency, we moved to serve at Mashoko Christian Hospital in Zimbabwe. For some of this time I was medical director as well as principal of the secondary school. Because of the civil war, we left Rhodesia after 3 years. Once back in the States, I joined a newly formed group of emergency medicine physicians in Bloomington, IN. For nearly 30 years I worked in the Bloomington Hospital emergency department as well as helping develop emergency and urgent care throughout Indiana. After retirement 13 years ago I took the challenge of short-term medical missions. I have now served on 45 teams, mostly as team leader and ministered in a dozen countries.



ICOM Trip to Israel: March 2018

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ICOM is thrilled to announce that on March 14-25, 2018,  David & Sherree Empson will be leading a trip to Israel with Dann Spader as our guide and leading the study and commentary for the whole trip.

I hadn’t given much thought about going to Israel until I took classes taught by Dann Spader a couple of years ago.  You are receiving this email because you have attended one of the 4 Chair seminars that have gone across the country in the last couple of years.  You have heard Dann and have heard about his knowledge and his passion for our Lord Jesus Christ.  So you know that this is going to be an incredible trip!

Where will we be going during the trip?
We will be traveling by coach during this whole trip, and there will be some hiking on some days as we visit particular spots where Dann will teach from. There will be a 120 page study guide given to every person.  We will spend 3 nights on the Sea of Galilee and 5 nights in Jerusalem as we trace the sites associated with the teaching and passion of Christ. We will see Bethlehem, the Wilderness (Masada, Qumran, the Dead Sea), the Philistine Plain, Galilee (Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Bethsaida, Capernaum, and more), and Jerusalem (Mount of Olives, western wall, Temple Mount, Garden Tomb, Gethsemane), and much more!

What’s the cost?

The cost is $2,600 for double occupancy, singles will cost an additional $925.00.  This covers: 10 nights lodging, deluxe bus transportation, daily breakfast & dinner, all entrance fees, the services of a professional guide and driver and all tips for drivers, guide and hotel staff. This does not include your airfare, which should be about $1,500.00 each. This will also NOT include your lunch every day and personal expenses.  This price is based upon maximum capacity of 45 participants.The total cost is about $4,100.00; the airfare & tour fees based on 45 ppl.  If less than 45 people go, this could raise the prices a little bit. This trip will only take place if at least 35 people sign up.

How & when can I register?

Registration will begin in March of 2017 with the first payment due of $600.00 with registration.  Final and full payment will be due September 15, 2017. NOTE: This does not include your airfare that you will have to secure on your own.  You will have to have a passport that is valid beyond October 2018.Registration will be done on the ICOM website. More exact details on that coming soon!  My wife, Sherree, and I will be dealing with all the details on behalf of ICOM.  We have some materials that will give you more details about this trip.  You can write to: for more information.

We hope you join us!

This is going to be an awesome adventure. Dann has a way of bringing Jesus to life. I can’t wait to learn more and experience Christ in a whole new way! I believe this is going to be a trip of a lifetime. 16 people have already reserved their spot – think & pray about joining us!

In Christ,
David Empson
ICOM Executive Director

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CLICK HERE  to Download a printed flyer with more details on the trip

CLICK HERE  for Instructions on booking your flight!

Want to see more about the trip?  CLICK HERE for the promo video that shows locations and footage from past trips. You must enter the password to view the video: Israel




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