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
0716_icom_update from the ICOM 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 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,
Probably one of the most famous meetings with a missionary occurred when Henry Stanley, a British journalist who was well known for his exploration of Africa, found Scottish missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone in what is now present day Tanzania. Livingstone was known to be in Africa, but had not been heard from in
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
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 Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan. Graydon Jessup leads us in prayer for the more than 4 million Kyrgyz people who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus! To learn more about the ministry of
by Mark Whited Last month we set the stage concerning the need for us as followers of the Lord Almighty to do more than merely care for those who have been left in the ditches by various robbers. We must have “eyes to see” and also the “will to go” upstream into the chaos, to
Dear Friends, I am sorry to inform you that ICOM has decided not to hold the “Night of Missions” on Monday night or the workshops on Tuesday morning at this year’s NACC in Anaheim, CA. We have really put out effort to try and raise an audience for this event through mailings, postcards, emails, face
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
The 19th Global Gathering of the World Convention of the Churches of Christ and Christian Churches (Independent and Disciples) will take place on January 12-15, 2017. President Ajai Lall of Central India Christian Mission cordially invites you to join believers from around the world to join together in Delhi, India! ICOM will be present at
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers… Seeking opportunities to welcome newcomers is a godly trait, and hospitality is a spiritual gift. With over one million international students and visiting scholars in our country and potentially 85,000 arriving with refugee status in 2016, what is the Lord’s expectation of His Church regarding this opportunity?
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 Hazara people of central Afghanistan. Graydon Jessup leads us in prayer for the more than 2 million Hazara people who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus! To learn
The International Conference On Missions is returning to Peoria, Illinois on November 16-19, 2017! Location: Peoria Civic Center 201 SW Jefferson Ave. Peoria, IL 61602 President: Enoch Nyador, the first Director of Ghana Christian Mission.
PRAYING INTO THE CHAOS by Mark Whited One of the most well known stories of Jesus is about a man who was beaten, robbed and left in the ditch. The story was shocking to all who heard it because the hero was a Samaritan and not one of their own people. This story has been
You may not know it, but since 2011, each January has been proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month. As believers, we feel the call to be the hands and feet of Jesus by fulfilling his call, “to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for
I have been studying the whole process of making disciples for many years and this thought recently came to me. How much of this is me and how much of this is God? Romans 8:29 (NLT) says that “he (God) chose them (his people) to become like his Son”. The NIV uses the words “conform
It’s almost Christmas, and we are still hearing stories from ICOM in Richmond. It’s really weird when you hear of a story that took place at conference – which, coincidentally, has taken you years to organize and plan! And then comes a story from someone who came to ICOM in a rather unusual way like
2017 Housing Information Peoria Civic Center – Hotel Map Click Here to download the Map! ATTENTION: If you recently received a letter from Marriott regarding your reservation in Peoria please read the information below, provided by the hotel in response to the letter and know that NO ACTION IS REQUIRED by anyone who received
ICOM’s Mission Statement: ICOM exists to encourage, equip, and enlist new workers for the Harvest. The International Conference On Missions (ICOM) exists to encourage, equip, and enlist workers for the harvest. Our extensive international conference serves as a connection point for global missions but we are more than a five day event. ICOM is 365
by Aaron Saufley Back in the spring of this year (2015), I saw multiple reports from different sources on persecution of Christians in three different regions of the world. I knew persecution was increasing, but I did some research just to check. What I discovered shocked me: persecution of Christians is at its highest level
by Mike Schrage The theme for ICOM 2016 is “MOBILIZE: Disciples Making Disciples.” When I looked up the word, mobilize, in an online dictionary, the three big ideas were: To call up reservists for active duty. To encourage people to act in a concerted way. To make something capable of movement again. This word beautifully
If you are unable to make it to the 2015 ICOM conference, we will be broadcasting each session live online. Use this link to be directed to the viewing site.
I’m excited about the theme for this year’s ICOM: “The Away Team.” As a football fan, I know the advantage that the home team usually has during a game: their own fans, their own field, maybe a little edge with the officials. For centuries, the church has been the “home team” in North American culture.
SICOM students are encouraged to stay at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington. Details can be found on our housing page. Registration is currently closed. If you have not registered yet, you can still register onsite at the SICOM Registration Desk! Hope to see you there! Students will be divided into groups. Each color