Sydney Witbooi and his wife, Andrea, were both born in South Africa, though Andrea is of German descent. They joined OMF International in 1984 and have lived and served the Lord in five countries over the years, the most recent being Singapore. At present, Sydney is OMF’s International Director for Southeast Asia, with pastoral and strategic oversight of the ministries in five countries in the region. They have three married daughters, each of whom lives in a different country. They also have three granddaughters, two of whom are in the UK while the third resides in Jordan.
Darrell is an ordained Baptist pastor, with missionary experience in Europe, short-term mission experience in Africa and Asia, and serves as Associate Professor of Missiology, Morling College. His wife, Beth, is a former missionary and is now the lead Pastor at St Ives Baptist Church. They have two children who attend Covenant Christian School, Belrose.
He is the Secretary of the Australian Association for Mission Studies, a Mission Commission Associate of the WEA, a member of the National Leadership Team for Missions Interlink in Australia, a consultant to Global Interaction, and is a Board member of European Christian Mission International. Darrell is passionate about Jesus, mission, and Jeeps (in that order!) and likes to remind his students about this – often!
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What are the challenges and opportunities involved in starting a business or not-for-profit organization in cross-cultural mission?
What are the unique challenges and what are some helpful and practical tips for doing ministry well amongst these communities both in Australia and in overseas contexts?
People say you should not ‘go on mission’ unless you are ‘called’. What does this mean? How do I know if I’m ‘called’? And how should I respond?
You feel convicted to be involved in cross-cultural ministry but where to go, what to do, with whom? A practical workshop on seeking, discerning and navigating choices and opportunities ahead.
How does one respond to one’s host culture in a gospel-shaped way without causing offense/losing local friends but also maintaining the distinctness of being a Christ follower? How much do we embrace?
What are some helpful principles for guiding our attitude and thus response in confronting situations and contexts?
We seem to live in an age when the ‘missionary’ feels called to go and tries to persuade their church to send them. The result is often a mixed bag. How do we partner properly and well with our church so they send us with enthusiasm and unity in purpose and mission?
Hebrews 13:3 tell us to remember those who are imprisoned or mistreated as though we were with them. But how can we when we live so far away, in a place of physical comfort and dare we say complacency when it comes to being a follower of Jesus?
0800 - Mission Stands Open
0900 - Session 4
1030 - Morning Tea
1110 - Session 5
1300 - Close Conference (Lunch Provided)
0800 - Registration Open
0830 - Mission Stands Open
0930 - Session 1
1115 - Morning Tea
1145 - Session 2
1320 - Lunch
1445 - Workshop Session 1 (Mission Stands Closed)
1600 - Workshop Session 2
1730 - Dinner (Mission Stands Reopen)
1830 - Session 3
2100 - End of Session