EMF North West Conference – Why Mission?

The European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) held its third annual North West Conference on 19th February 2011. Once again it was hosted by Chorlton Evangelical Church.

Walter Johnston, pastor of the church, began the first session by posing the question ‘Why mission?’ He reminded us that Christians are to be involved in mission, so that God is glorified as souls are saved and local churches built up spiritually and numerically.
He also reminded us of the importance of having indigenous workers, where possible, involved in mission.

EMF worker Istvan Salanki, from the Hungarian Reformed Church in London, reported that he sees 5-10 newcomers each Sunday at their services and has seen people saved. However, their congregation is constantly changing as people come to London for a short time, before moving back to their home countries.

After a break, Spanish worker Demetrio, managing director of Editorial Peregrino, told us how this publishing house has produced more than 160 Christian titles in Spanish, along with magazines and tracts, since 1979. The work is being appreciated in central and South America and Africa too, where he co-operates with Christian Books Worldwide.

The final three speakers were Josh (Israel), Gyula Mikolicz (Hungary) and Filipe Rodrigues (Portugal), students on the EMF’s School of Biblical Studies course. Each told of their conversion and how the Lord had led them to study at EMF.

A fitting close to the afternoon was the final hymn, ‘To God be the glory, great things he has done’.

by David Butler

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