We (Mark and Lynn Pratt) had not been missionaries to Japan since 1985. And had not attended ICOM after that. But I was asked to speak at the Ladies’ Tea at the 1998 convention. I’d just assumed that current missionaries from Japan were regularly exhibiting–but was terribly shocked to find that Japan was not represented.
By Keith Wood If I had to sum up my recent trip to India in one word, that would be it. There were 12 of us total in the ICOM contingency that attended the World Convention/Global Gathering in Damoh, India, on January 12-15 (5 from White Oak Christian Church in Cincinnati and 7 from churches
By Keith Wood When I was a kid, I admit, it was all about the presents. Couldn’t wait for Christmas morning to see what my parents had wrapped for me under the tree. I would venture to say that is true for most of us. I mean, what kid doesn’t get excited about presents at
In each main session at ICOM 2016, a powerful testimonial is shared. Check back here throughout the conference to see those testimonials. #ICOM2016 #MobilizeDMD #Testimonies sergei golovin icom (1) from the ICOM on Vimeo.
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The days left until ICOM 2016 begins are numbered. As we prepare to meet together in Lexington and MOBILIZE as disciples making disciples, I’d like to announce the release of The RISE Project’s small group study be∙coming∙us: Enlarging the Circle to Welcome Everyone. It’s time for us to stop thinking in terms of us and
If someone were to ask you the question “Where would you go to find God?,” what would your answer be? If you were asked where to find light bulbs, you would possibly say Home Depot. If were you asked where to find a burrito, you would probably say Chipotle. But, where do you find God?
Last month we examined and prayed for RELEASING LABORERS into the hard places among the nations where the harvest is still to come. This month it is imperative we examine how we CARE for those LABORERS in the most helpful and essential ways. It is an honor God has given us. The two dimensions that
The RISE Project seeks to engage our churches, campus ministries, and university students with the international students who are here to study in the U.S. Greg Swinney tells us more in this video. At the National Student Conference in August, university students took up a sacrificial offering for The RISE Project. For many, their summer
HeartandSoul90 | Bouyei People from Heart and Soul90 on Vimeo. Each month, we’ll feature a Heart and Soul90 video post focusing on an unreached people group. This month, the featured people group is the Bouyei in China. The Bouyei are one of the ancient peoples of Guizhou, having inhabited the province for more than 2,000 years.
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Today we stand at the threshold of a new revolution in modern missions. The world is at our doorstep. American families who are unable travel to China or India or Kenya now have the opportunity to reach people from these countries and over 230 other nations. We can share the good news from our own
There are a host of strategic reasons why ICOM exists. In this month’s blog and next, we will be focusing our emphasis on two of those reasons. The first is to release hundreds of Jesus-filled LABORERS for the harvest. Next month will be about how we, as the church, must take dedicated ownership of the
Seeking opportunities to welcome newcomers is a godly trait, and hospitality is a spiritual gift. Refugees have a story of incredible perseverance and resilience in the face of unimaginable persecution, trauma, and loss. They were forced to leave their home countries, displaced out of necessity, and separated from their family units. They ache for security and
Each month, we’ll feature a Heart and Soul90 video post focusing on an unreached people group. This month, the featured people group is the Amdo, Hbrogpa in China. Most Amdo are semi-nomadic herders of sheep, yaks, and goats. They move to new pastures whenever their animals have made good use of the land. Graydon Jessup leads us in this
Earlier this year we told you about The Trumps, a family that went from living in rural Indiana to working in New Zealand as missionaries – and it all started at a missionary lunch at ICOM 2013 in Kansas City. The Trumps left this year to serve and as you can see from the photo are
Word usage is quite fascinating. It astounds me that the original meaning of a word can so quickly and radically change into a different and more modern meaning. This change can happen so smoothly and unnoticed that, before we even realize it, we find ourselves using words in ways that we hadn’t used them in
Every Monday morning, the Honduran AJS* staff gathers for prayer and worship beneath this mural, which reads: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.” I John 4:8 The man pictured is Dionisio Garcia, a lawyer who worked for AJS, defending poor security guards and cleaning women against exploitive employers. His
The Refugee and International Student Engagement (RISE) Project calls on the Church to mobilize and seize the unique opportunities we have in our own country. Through awareness, education, and implementation, the Church can go and make a difference without a passport or learning a new language! This opportunity is growing larger and greater every year.
Each month, we’ll feature a Heart and Soul90 video post focusing on an unreached people group. This month the featured people group is the Yadav Hindu of India. The Yadav are a caste comprising of milkmen, cowherds, cattle breeders and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling its products. The Yadav consist of both
ICOM can help enlist you in kingdom service. Just like our ICOM president, dozens every year decide at ICOM to pursue God’s leading to being involved in global kingdom service. We have a HUUGGEE Exhibit Hall! Visit 530+ exhibit booths with a wide variety
It is easy to think that the situation in South Sudan is hopeless. There have been so many years of war, strife and broken promises. What can ever change? I urge you to listen to the heart of our Sudanese Brother in the video. He is asking for us to pray for the only
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Each month, we’ll feature a Heart and Soul90 video post focusing on an unreached people group. This month the featured people group is the Bania. Their name came from the word “Vania” which means ‘trader’ in Sanskrit. Graydon Jessup leads us in this short video about the 30+ million people who have not yet heard
In lieu of World Refugee Day, we want to share 3 important things with you: ICOM is initiating “The RISE Project” in 2016: which stands for, “The Refugee & International Student Engagement Project.” You can read all about it on our website, (http://theicom.org/rise/). ICOM President Mike Schrage and a group of other folks have been
Going into the chaos was exactly what a missionary family did in the 1980’s. They targeted Hainan Island, off the southern coast of China. A large part of its 7,000,000 population at the time, included many ex-convicts and others the Chinese Government had exiled. Crime, abuse, and dishonesty were rampant. The family endured great hardships
Using Technology to Make Disciples from the ICOM on Vimeo.
KARAKALPAK PEOPLE GROUP from Heart and Soul90 on Vimeo. Each month, we’ll feature a Heart and Soul90 video post focusing on an unreached people group. This month the featured people group is the Karakalpak, known for the men wearing black hats, in Uzbekistan. Graydon Jessup leads us in this short video about the 717,000 Karakalpak
HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR THE “NIGHT OF MISSIONS” IN ANAHEIM YET??? If not, why? Some of the leading minds in missions are planning to gather on Monday night July 11 and Tuesday morning July 12 to share what God is doing around the world and how you can be involved. If you have a heart
by Mark Whited “I have found the Light! I am never going back to the darkness.” Powerful words when your Arab brothers have a knife at your throat, trying to force you to recant your faith in Jesus and return to following the Quran. This particular Christian miraculously escaped his brother’s grasp and fled
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by Mark Whited Being confident of the AUTHORITY Jesus has given us is essential for us to pray with expectancy and power. There are a number of scenes where Jesus liberally gives his authority to others. Whether it is the sending out of the Twelve in Matthew 10, or the initial giving of the Holy
Advertising will open beginning of May! Advertising in the conference program book is a great way to get your name out there for a small investment. We have ad sizes for all types of budgets ranging from $150 up to $2,500. Whether you’re promoting a summer program, a trip, selling a book, giving something away,
I learned about Rapha House from my mom. Every year she would buy my sisters and I wallets, a purse, a luggage tag, and put it in our stocking with a note that every time we carried it, to think and pray about the girl that made it…other than that I didn’t really think about
How does a family of seven from rural Indiana, make the decision to move to an island in the South Pacific? The Trump family never imagined where God would lead them when they began to ask where they should serve him. They believe that God knows us best and is true to His word, like
I got an email one day from Dennis Bratton, Executive Director and Founder of KORE Foundation. It said, “read this and call me”. The email went on to describe some work he had done. In short, Dennis and his team had somewhat independently funded a way to create a poultry industry in Haiti, that created
God’s call is as unique as a snowflake; each is different. So was the way God called us into missions. While still enjoying the newness of marriage and our first ministry, God was putting the pieces together; our first visit to ICOM (National Missionary Conference) in Lexington, Kentucky, friends praying for us on a return
ICOM has, and is, making a transformative impact with a people group in the United States that has known heartache and despair for almost two centuries. In 1863, the United States government established the Crow Creek Agency in central South Dakota as a “repository” for a Native American people, the Dakota, in the aftermath
In 2011, there were eight of us. One of us was single, seven of us were moms and wives, six of whom were stay-at-home moms. We had 21 children between us, two of us home-schooled, three of us had never had passports, and one of us had never been on an airplane. But, God called us
How the Schrage family, was impacted by a connection at ICOM… In 1982, a young couple traveled from Hays, Kansas, to the National Missionary Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, with the hope of finding a place to serve as missionaries. They naively put before God a five-point fleece. It was to join an existing team, working
How Emily Drayne was impacted by a connection at ICOM… As I was getting ready to graduate college, I was stuck with a nagging question that all of us are forced to answer: “What do I do now???” I was stumped. I had thought about that question for almost 8 years and had come up