Saturday, November 22, 2003

Hundreds to meet for missionary convention


Faith Matters

By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

Kay Moll, 56, of Mason, served as a missionary in Zambia, Africa, for six years in the 1970s.

"I wanted to feel like I could make a difference in people's lives," Moll said. "It was a wonderful opportunity and it's something that will always be a part of my life."

This weekend, she and 300 missionaries like her, including those currently serving all over the world, will gather at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center to share their stories with teens, college students and adults from all over the U.S. for the National Missionary Convention.

"I'm hoping to leave some inspiration with them," said Moll, who will be this morning's speaker on the topic "The Heart of the Volunteer."

"As you hear stories of people from around the world,'' she said, "it rallies you to get involved."

Over the National Missionary Convention's 56 years, Cincinnati has become a regular stop for the multi-denominational Christian organization because of the number of strong responses to mission work at the Cincinnati Bible College and area churches.

"This is probably the largest convention we've ever had," said Walter Bierney, a Kansas minister who has served as coordinator of the convention for more than 40 years.

And the turnout couldn't come at a better time. With Christian missionaries being killed and imprisoned around the world there is a shortage of volunteers.

"The way we see it, there are 6 billion people in the world and 2 billion claim to be Christian. That leaves 4 billion we believe deserve to hear the gospel," Bierney said.

The convention, which boasts 120 workshops about being a missionary, is open to the public and ends with a service Sunday.

Eid celebrated next week

About 15,000 Greater Cincinnati Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr one of Islam's major holidays, next week. The day, known as the feast of the fast-breaking, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is expected on Tuesday, depending on the sighting of the moon.

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is observed with a monthlong dawn-to-sunset fast, with prayers and the reading of the Quran. On the Eid, Muslims have community and social gatherings and greet each other with "Eid Mubarak," or "Blessed Eid."

Singles event Friday

The Vision One Singles' Ministryis sponsoring an "After Turkey Workout" for singles Friday at 6 p.m. at the Mercy Healthplex in Fairfield, 3050 Mack Road. Admission is $5 for access to the entire fitness facility and fellowship with other Christian singles.

To submit religion news, e-mail kvance@fuse.net or send a fax to 755-4150.




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