Summer Forums 2017
June 4--Leaving a Legacy with Shanon Roberts
Shanon Roberts is the co-creator of Live, Eat & Sweat, a blog and resource for women looking to become whole in spirit, soul, and body. Shanon shares all aspects of her journey consisting of God’s word, eating whole foods, training for various fitness endeavors, parenting, going through marital turmoil and dealing with skin cancer (to name a few!) She has grown passionate about encouraging, edifying, and supporting other women on their Christ-centered journey and wrote Rise Up! devotions to help deepen Biblical understanding and spark a new passion for a life with Christ.
June 11--Alicia of Brickhouse Family Ministries
Brickhouse Family Ministries is a Christian residential home, school and farm for teenage boys, ages 13-17, in Bluffton. They provide a Christ-centered home, on a farm setting, where teenagers in crisis are healed and restored to their families.
June 18--Global Women's Project with Carla Kilgore
Global Women's Project is an organization of Church of the Brethren people on a mission to offer support to women around the world, from India to Wabash, Indiana.
June 25--Christy Cabe
Local author, Christy Cabe, will be here to discuss some messages and stories from her book, Brownie Crumbs and Other Life Morsels. Christy will share why she believes life can be savored through heartache, joy, and the moments in between. She will share some of her own heartbreak over the loss of her mother, the cancer diagnosis of her toddler son, and more. She will also share some “life morsels” she’s learned along the way, and ultimately, why her faith is what gives her a purpose and a peace that exceeds any circumstance. Christy is married to Kraig, and they have three children.
July 2--Annual Conference Livestream (details to come!)
July 9--Syria: The Ongoing Crisis
We speak about (1) the history and demographics of the country, (2) the history of the conflict and the resulting refugee problem, and (3) conclude with how you can help.
July 16--Aaron Brown of Destiny Rescue
Destiny Rescue is an international Christian-based non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Aaron Brown is the National Director of Operations and works out of the US headquarters in Syracuse, Indiana.
July 23--Rachel Brink of the Food Resource Bank
Rachel Brink will be speaking about Foods Resource Bank, an organization that brings together churches, farmers, business people and communities to address world hunger. FRB facilitates growing projects in the US that help to provide funding for food security programs around the world, helping families to help themselves and provide for their own needs, bringing about lasting change.
July 30--Annual Conference
Heather Grady will share information about the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Grand Rapids. This year's theme is "Risk Hope."
August 6--Hannah and Steven Skinner
Steve and Hannah Skinner are One Mission Society missionaries to Ecuador. They previously served in Quito as Guesthouse Coordinators and in Manta helping with Earthquake Relief. They are currently on home assignment. They do not have a timetable established yet, but they are in preparations to return to Ecuador to serve in 3 ministries: 1)Treasurer 2)Billion.global 3)Train and Multiply
August 13--Chandler Gerber On Forgiveness
Chandler Gerber will recount how an accident changed his life irrevocably and led him to a new understanding of the power of forgiveness. He has written a book, The Irony of Grace: A Journey of Forgiveness, about his experience. Here is a link to a video I was a part of a few years ago that is helpful too. From One Second To The Next, A Film By Werner Herzog - It Can Wait | AT&T.
August 20--A Mother's Hope
A Mother's Hope is a refuge for homeless, pregnant women that strengthens their opportunies for stability. Safe shelter and training is ofered to pregnant homeless mothers to help them improve their lives. A Mother's Hope is a place for mothers and their babies to meet their physical needs of safety, food, and shelter.
August 27--David Sipe on Nigeria Workcamp
David Sipe traveled with five other COB partner from Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Florida/Haiti. We worshiped in five different churches. Visited briefly five or six churches that were destroyed by Boko Haram. Visited schools, villages, displaced persons camp, and met many friendly and loving Nigerian Brethren. Worked six days with the construction of a new COB/EYN office building with many Nigerian church volunteers. He will share ideas for supporting our brothers and sisters who are enduring severe hardship in Nigeria.