February 28–March 4, 2018
Wednesday, February 28
5–6:30 pm Dinner Served
6:30–7:30 pm Youth Clubs with the Goodwins & Kristy Thomas
6:45–7:30 pm Lenten Service
Thursday, March 1
9:00 am Women’s Bible Study & Brunch
§ Rebecca Crutcher, North Star Initiative
Evening Home Fellowships
Friday, March 2
10:30 am Brunch & Encouragement Service for Missionaries
Evening Home Fellowships
Saturday, March 3
8:00 am Men & Boys’ Breakfast
3:30–7:00 pm Mission Fare (see page 5)
Ongoing Treasure Hunt & Mission Displays
4:00–6:30 pm Dinner Served, as supply lasts
4:00–4:55 pm Seminar I: Meet Westminster’s New Missionaries
§ Jeb Bland, MNA First Nations
§ Kristy Thomas, Good News Jail & Prison Ministry
§ Elizabeth, serving the Middle East (see page 45)
6–7 pm Children and Youth Activities (Nursery, infant–age 3)
6:10–6:55 pm Seminar II: King Jesus or Emperor Xi: Religious Freedom in China Today
§ Bob Fu, ChinaAid
Sunday, March 4
8:00 & 11:00 am Worship: Rev. Bob Fu
9:30 am Sunday School with our Missionaries
10:30 am Fellowship Time in the Activity Room
12:30 pm Lunch & Closing Remarks for Missionaries
6:30 pm Ministry Report: Dr. S.
Worship: Rev. Bob Fu
March 3, 3:30–7 pm, in the activity room. Meet Westminster’s missionaries and see what God is doing around the world.
Mission displays, CLC Ministries book table, & souvenirs (including items sent from Barbara’s ministry with at-risk women—see page 45).
Children of all ages are invited to hunt for treasure at the mission displays. Pick up a checklist at the Missions and Me table and you are on your way! All children who complete the activity will receive a prize.
A sampling of foods is served 4–6:30, as supply lasts ($6/person, maximum $20/household).
4:00: A Q&A session with Westminster’s newly-supported missionaries: Jeb Bland (coordinator of MNA’s First Nations Ministry), Kristy Thomas (chaplain to women at York County Prison), and Elizabeth (serving the Middle East).
6:10: Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid, speaks on the persecuted church and religious freedom in China today.
Seminars are held in the Reformation Room.
Children’s Activity 6–7 pm
Grades 1–6 meet in Rm LL9. Ages 4–K meet in Rm 121. Children who say their memory verse (Romans 8:36–39) at the M&M table beforehand receive a prize.
Youth Dessert Discussion 6–7 pm
Grades 7–12 meet in Rm LL11. We will hear from Tracy and Joy (see page 49) on their ministry and the church in a very difficult field, and discuss how the gospel brings reconciliation across ethnic divides.
Saturday Seminar and Sunday Worship
Rev. Bob Fu
Bob (Xiqiu) Fu is one of the world’s leading voices for persecuted faith communities in China. Born and raised in mainland China, Fu was a student leader during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations for freedom and democracy in 1989.
Fu graduated from the School of International Relations at Renmin University in Beijing and taught English to Communist Party officials at the Beijing Administrative College and Beijing Party School of the Chinese Communist Party from 1993–1996. Fu was also a house church leader in Beijing until he and his wife, Heidi, were imprisoned for two months for “illegal evangelism” in 1996. Bob and Heidi fled to the United States as religious refugees in 1997. Subsequently, they founded ChinaAid (ChinaAid.org) in 2002 to bring international attention to China’s gross human rights violations and promote religious freedom and rule of law in China.
As president of ChinaAid, Fu has testified before the Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the Foreign Press Association, and the European Commission and European Union Parliament. Fu also regularly briefs the State Department and members of Congress, including members of the International Religious Freedom Caucus, on the status of religious freedom and rule of law in China. In 2008, Fu was invited to the White House to brief President George W. Bush on religious freedom and human rights in China, and in 2011, the Nobel Prize Committee recognized Fu’s efforts with an invitation to attend the award ceremony for Nobel Laureate Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
Bob Fu is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Durham University, U.K. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree on Global Christian Leadership from Midwest University, where he has served as a distinguished professor on religion and public policy. Fu serves as editor-in-chief of the Chinese Law and Religion Monitor, a journal on religious freedom and rule of law in China, and as a guest editor for Chinese Law and Government by the University of California.
The Missions Conference offering will be equally divided between ChinaAid and Voice of the Martyrs. Use the cream-colored Missions Conference envelope in your box, or write “Missions Conference” on a pew envelope to designate your gift.
ChinaAid (ChinaAid.org) is an international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China. We believe that religious freedom is the first freedom, which lays the foundation for all other basic human rights. By exposing the abuses, encouraging the abused, and spiritually and legally equipping the leaders to defend their faith and freedom, ChinaAid strives to promote religious freedom for all.
Your gift ensures that ChinaAid can respond to emergency situations and provide uninterrupted assistance to persecuted Christians and other Chinese citizens. More than financial support, your gift is tangible encouragement that lets the persecuted know that they are not alone.
§ Families of the Persecuted: Families targeted by Chinese authorities for practicing their faith often experience as much difficulty as their loved ones in prison. Those left behind often struggle to make ends meet.
§ Advocacy: ChinaAid works closely with NGO and governing bodies such as the United Nations, U.S. Congress, and State Department to raise awareness and promote the rule of law and religious freedom in China.
§ Emergency: Quick action in the face of arising emergencies can make all the difference in the lives of those under persecution.
§ Legal Defense: Provide the means to secure the best legal defense possible for victims of religious freedom and human rights abuses.
§ Training Leaders: Host and sponsor training events for pastors and house churches throughout China.
The Voice of the Martyrs
The Voice of the Martyrs (persecution.com) is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned for 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ; his wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In 1965 they were ransomed out of Romania, and soon thereafter they established the global network of missions of which VOM is a part. The Wurmbrands based these missions on Hebrews 13:3, which instructs us to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”
The Voice of the Martyrs continues this mission around the world today through the following purposes:
§ To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
§ To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.
§ To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.
§ To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.
§ To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.