This is the annual event for all Apostolic Christians who have interest in missions
Come join us on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church for a full day of presentations, breakouts, and small group discussions on a wide variety of mission-related topics. This conference is not just about what HarvestCall is currently doing. It’s also about learning together how we as individuals and as a church can better understand and apply the Great Commission.
Interactive 2-3 hour long workshops are offered on Friday evening, July 19.
This is not just for people in central Illinois. Everyone is invited from anywhere in the country. Overnight accommodations are available – just indicate that on the registration form. (If you prefer staying in a hotel, the nearest is Day’s Inn in El Paso.)
Registration will close Weds, July 17 at midnight Eastern
We need a couple days to make final preparations for the big event
It’s a full weekend jam-packed with stirring content presented in a variety of formats and styles. Seating is limited for the workshops, breakouts and discussion groups and seats will be given out first-come, first-served. Advance registration is expected. If you do not register in advance, you may not be able to attend your preferred sessions.
PRE-CONFERENCE – Friday, July 19
6:30 pm Registration / check-in
7:00 Pre-conference Workshops
MAIN CONFERENCE – Saturday, July 20
8:00 am Registration / check-in begins
8:30 Opening comments, housekeeping items, prayer
8:50 Main Sessions
10:30 Ministry Info Breakouts 1 and 2
12:50 Topical Breakouts
1:50 Main Session
2:50 Discussion Groups 1 and 2
4:30 Main Session
Ready to go deep on a topic? Choose one of these 2—3-hour Friday evening sessions for some intense and highly interactive teaching. Advance registration is required. NOTE: in order to preserve the interactive nature of these sessions, we are limiting attendance in these sessions. Spots are given out first-come, first-served in order of registration, so if interested, don’t delay.
Living as Christians in a post-Christian America
A large majority of the Christian church today lives under persecution, while hostility towards traditional Christianity in the United States seems to be growing. This is not unusual in the long history of the Church. How can we faithfully witness to the truths of Christianity in a culture that wants nothing to do with Truth? We will seek answers to that question in the histories of the Apostolic Christian Church and the global church more broadly.
Speaker: Fred Witzig
What the Book of Acts tells us about missions
The early church literally wrote the book on how to spread the gospel, reach across cultures, establish churches, and work through conflict. What can we learn from the text in Acts and also from reading between the lines? Is this first-century model readily transferrable to 21st century evangelism? Is our approach to missions grounded in scripture or has it evolved over time? Join this in-depth study and discussion as we refine our perspective on missions.
Speaker: Arlan Miller
The Cost of Poverty Experience
This is a 2.5-hour experiential training, designed to give participants a glimpse into the lives of low-income persons in their community by walking in their shoes through a simulated month. Feel what it is like to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors, navigate government agencies, try to get help from a church, avoid being evicted, and struggle with broken-down cars or costly medical bills while trying to find or hold down a job. You come away with more empathy for those in material poverty and greater insight into how to effectively minister to them.
Want to learn more about this simulation? This video provides an excellent overview of what to expect.
Facilitated by: Think Tank, Inc.
Caring for our missionaries (for active and prospective Mentors and Advocates)
This session is for those interested in providing purposeful missionary care. While primarily designed towards active missionary mentors and advocates, those interested in potential opportunities to serve in missionary care are also welcome to register. We will discuss what has worked, what has not worked, and ideas for developing church support further. The workshop will be interactive and practical.
Speaker: Kirk Plattner
Held in the church assembly room, these are plenary sessions, meaning they are broad interest topics intended for everyone.
Living as sent people
Jesus said, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world” John 17:18. Was Jesus speaking only of his disciples or of us all? Learn what the Holy Spirit has to say about this question through the writers of the New Testament and how his presence and gifts enable us do life as “sent” people regardless of our occupation or where we live.
Speaker: John Huber
"Because you came, I met Jesus"
When you look at all the time, effort and money that goes into missions, you may sometimes wonder, “Is it worth it?” We believe it is making an eternal difference for many. This speaker will share how grateful she personally is that as a result of Apostolic Christian outreach, she has been called out of darkness and into Jesus’ marvelous light.
Speaker: Gloria Gonzalez
Our missionary experience
Listen to the perspectives of those currently serving on the mission field in Haiti. Hear about their struggles and joys and ways you can support them in this work.
Speakers: Les & Christine Kaeb
Why is sharing the gospel so difficult?
Admit it. For most of us, the idea of sharing our faith with a stranger gives us cold sweats. Even talking about Jesus to people we know can be uncomfortable. Why is that, and what are ways to overcome this fear and reluctance? While not all of us have the gift of evangelism, we can all learn how to be a more effective witness — and to do so with less stress.
Speaker: Brad Metz
Ministry Info Breakouts
Find out what God is doing through the various ministries operating under HarvestCall. Choose the two that most interest you.
A spiritual Lifeline in Haiti
Many people are aware that HarvestCall’s Lifeline program builds houses and provides a medical clinic for Haitians in northern Haiti. But through that, God opened a door to assist with the spiritual development of Bethel Church leaders and help reach many for Christ. Hear how from this Bethel Church pastor.
Speaker: Nathan Dieudonne
Church planting and bolstering update
Curious about what is being done to start new churches and support our small congregations? In this breakout, you’ll hear about progress and opportunities in current bolstering efforts and how the Church Establishment Committee of HarvestCall is working with the Elder Body to explore potential locations for new congregations as together we wait upon the Lord to open doors.
Speaker: Duane Rocke
Healing souls at Hospital Lumiere
All hospitals diagnose and treat medical conditions, but the ultimate goal of Hospital Lumiere is to see people be reconciled to God — in additional to healing of the body. Find out how the gospel is never secondary in this medical mission, as told by the hospital’s chaplain.
Speaker: Smarth Etheard
Aiding the elderly and enabling the youth in Eastern Europe
The Brethren in Eastern Europe have gone through much persecution and hard times. Hear how these hard times and a broken communist society have affected the believers and how HarvestCall is trying to understand their situation and work beside them to provide opportunities for the youth to provide for and teach their families.
Speaker: Christopher Indermuhle
Touching hearts while building homes
Building or remodeling homes for disaster victimes provides an opportunity to demonstrate the gospel and opens the door for sharing the gospel with the homeowners and their neighbors. Hear about the personal stories of lives touched in Hardin County, Texas and the spiritual component of this annual ministry.
Speakers: Chris & Sharon Huber
Milk, mercy, multiplication and Malachi
The prophet Malachi challenged Israel to test whether God can rebuke the devourer and make their land prosperous so they would be called blessed by all nations. The HarvestCall Haiti Dairy Program is called to a similar vision for Haiti. Learn how milking cows and showing mercy to your neighbor is beginning to multiply to God’s glory in south Haiti.
Speakers: Art Mueller, Brent Hodel
Ministering in Mexico
Get an overview of HarvestCall’s major ministries in Mexico from those involved in each. Learn about the Ixtlan church and school, the CVE children’s home and school, Magdalena church. Also learn about our small church gathering in Barra Vieja and opportunities to support it.
Speaker: Gloria Gonzalez, Jason Stoller, Nicole Knobloch, Todd Stoller
The hardest part will be choosing the one you most want to attend, because sadly, there isn’t time in the day to repeat these.
Lessons learned from early AC evangelism
Our early Apostolic Christian church was phenomenally successful at evangelism and church planting, in Europe and America. While it was a unique time in history, we can learn things from their success and apply them to our outreach today.
Speaker: Fred Witzig
What is a culturally relevant gospel?
Ok — trick question. We shouldn’t try to make the gospel “culturally relevant.” It is already a perfectly relevant gospel for all times and ages — and it is unchangeable. But we DO need to think about how to present it in a culturally relevant way. Finding that balance (or . . . managing that tension) can be difficult and it’s easy to feel pressure one way or the other. Let’s examine scripture to find the right approach.
Speakers: Nick Gutwein
The challenges of missionary reentry
Coming back to the USA after living in a foreign country as a missionary is more difficult than you might think. Find out what missionaries experience on reentry and how we as a church can better support this transition.
Speaker: Scott & Mandy Yordy
Making yourself ready and available
What should we be doing in our daily lives to cultivate a willingness to be used for missions and to be prepared in case we do feel the call? And remember — that call could just be to reach out to our next door neighbor.
Speaker: Matt Knapp
How to help without hurting
Our church family continues to become more and more aware of poverty in the world and the opportunities to make a difference are greater than ever before. However, over the past years we have learned that poverty alleviation is hard. How do Christians meaningfully reflect Christ’s grace when the disparities of wealth and power in our world are so great? Why do the good but uniformed intentions of North Americans who engage the poor sometimes lead to unintended consequences than can be damaging to everyone involved? When does our culture and heritage lead us to make wrong assumptions when preparing and engaging in a cross-cultural mission’s trip? If you interested in learning together about ways we can serve the poor in God honoring ways that make a lasting difference, join us for this topical breakout session as we review engaging the materially poor in positive ways.
Facilitator: Paul Streitmatter
Interactive discussions in a small group format. Choose the two topics you are most interested in and come ready to participate!
Simple methods for presenting the gospel
Knowing some practical techniques can help us overcome our fear of sharing with others. Learn about some great spiritual conversation starters and helpful props for explaining the gospel from our facilitator and other participants.
Facilitator: Brad Metz
Things we did to help our children understand the gospel
We all desire that our children walk in truth. We can learn from each other, especially when it comes to parenting and the all important task of imparting truth to our children. We must be intentional when it comes to helping our children understand the revelation and teachings of Christ. As Deuteronomy 6:6,7 says, “And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart; And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou riseth up.” We want to encourage one another in this all-important responsibility!
Facilitators: Ron & Edie Bollier
Helping new people feel welcome and integrate into our church
Walking through the doors of an AC church for the first time can be an intimidating culture shock for some people. Find out ways to alleviate that discomfort and help people feel welcome and begin to fit in. This issue isn’t just for the first few visits. It actually can get harder after a new person becomes a member.
Facilitator: Fred Janssen
How God can use your suffering to help others
In this world we experience disappointment, loss, and hardship. Often we wonder why. Why, when it seems like we would be so much more effective to the Lord without our bumps and bruises. In this session, explore how God can use us because of our wounds (not in spite of them) and how our response to suffering can bring hope to a broken world.
Facilitator: Amber Miller
Does everyone have a responsibility to share the gospel?
Some of us read the list of roles in Eps 4:11 and say “That’s not me.” So if we are not an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher but as just an “average Christian” what is our responsibility when it comes to evangelism? Let’s discuss, roles, gifts, and Christ’s commands.
Facilitator: John Huber
Ways the church can respond to the drug epidemic
Drug use affects people from every class of life — from big cities to small towns — yet many individuals and their loved ones hesitate to reach out for help. This is unfortunate as Christians and the church have an unique ability to support this vulnerable population in helpful ways. How can Christians and the church be better equipped to understand and thus assist those affected by drug use? Let’s discuss ideas and share experiences.
Facilitator: Aaron Plattner
How to tell if you are really being called to the mission field
What is a calling to be a missionary? How do you discern whether or not you are being called? This session will be focused on how to think about calling and a discussion of the necessary ingredients. The discussion will review a biblical framework for calling and how to have a right outlook on discernment and stepping forward in faith.
Facilitator: Kirk Plattner
Reaching international college students in your community
Universities bring “the ends of the earth” right to our communities. Come learn and share practical ways to reach out and share Christ with this diverse — and often very receptive — audience.
Facilitator: Tofig & Amy Mammadov
Help! My child wants to be a missionary
Sure, we support sending missionaries. Just let it be someone else’s child who goes, right? If you have a child who may be feeling the call to go, it can stir up many conflicting emotions as parents. This session will help you process those, answer some of your questions, and hopefully give you the confidence to trust God through this situation.
Facilitators: Rod & Beth Steffen
Blessings and challenges of small church living
Ever wonder what it would really be like to attend a small church? And what is it like when suddenly several new families move in? Do increased numbers increase gospel-spreading effectiveness or just bring new challenges to the local body? Hear the story from those who’ve been through it in St. Louis and Austin and bring your questions.
Facilitator: Tom Waldbeser, Arlan Miller
Creative ideas for supporting missionaries (on the field and in re-entry)
Each of us are called to participate in The Great Commission. If you have not been sent to “proclaim & serve” away from your home, then you are a “sender” and your role is vital! In this discussion group we will explore the importance of the “sending role” and share creative ideas on how to better support our missionaries as they serve on the field as well as their re-entry back home.
Facilitators: Klint & Sarah Fiechter
Redeployment vs retirement
Come and discuss the opportunities to redeploy your skill sets, gained over a career, into the mission fields that are so ripe for harvest. We’ll visit about the call to redeploy, opportunities that exist, discerning God’s will, business as mission, and the rewards of redeployment versus retirement. God is such a faithful employer!
Facilitator: Stephen Baner
Sharing ways to embrace a culture of outreach and discipleship
In Matthew 28:19-20, we’re called to spread the gospel, baptize and then teach to “observe all things” pertaining to Christian life. Come prepared to brainstorm and share what you are doing to impact our church’s faithfulness in fulfilling the 4-Pillar mission to reach the unchurched and then disciple them with sound doctrine. Ideas and thoughts gathered will be shared with others who desire to be more effective in the Lord’s work.
Facilitators: Matt Knapp, Gwen Leuthold, Duane Rocke
Pray for missionaries
Join us for a time of specific, focused prayer for our Apostolic Christian brothers and sisters serving in the mission field. We will take turns lifting them up to the Lord.
Facilitator: Jonathan Hodel
The role of fasting and prayer in missions
Some would say that trying to reach others for Christ without prayer and fasting is like driving a car without wheels: it just doesn’t go very well. Let’s discuss how we can support our missions with focused, intercessory prayer and examine the role fasting can play in orientating our hearts toward God.
Facilitator: John & Jill Bradle
Bible Distribution: a mission field close to home
HarvestCall has recently commissioned a new initiative to equip, empower, and assist our local churches and individuals to spread the gospel of Christ through the distribution of Bibles and other biblical resources. In this session, we will discuss improvements and developments already being made by HarvestCall as well as give you the opportunity to begin distributing Bibles in your community.
Facilitator: Wayne Laubscher
Making the most of inner-city ministry opportunities
Interested in how to get involved with a local ministry? What does serving in urban areas involve? We will discuss: how to raise more awareness of God’s work taking place, what are inner city neighborhood needs and how the church can come alongside inner city families, how to find a ministry to get involved with, effective ways of breaking inner city cultural differences, how to earn the respect of a different culture, and how to maintain consistency when serving families stuck in the poverty cycle and survival mode.
Facilitator: Heidi Bradle
Learning Spanish for missions
The Mexico Committee is moving forward with creating a Spanish Language Program and is seeking your feedback regarding it. As a committee, we see language as a very real barrier to fulfilling our role in bolstering the Mexico churches. We hope, by making accessible a way for our church family to learn Spanish, that long-term this barrier would be removed. Through this program, our students’ awareness and knowledge of our Mexico churches would grow and potentially remove a barrier for serving in some compacity in the future. Would you or someone you know be interested in taking Spanish classes through HarvestCall? For what purpose? What format, frequency, and duration would work best for you? What has prevented you from taking Spanish classes from other sources and what would need to be different about our classes for you to choose to attend?
Come and give us some insight into the needs and desires of the Brotherhood regarding a Spanish Language Program.
Facilitator: Sarah Fehr
Your donation to HarvestCall: where it goes and ways to give
Does HarvestCall really need donations? How much of what you give actually goes to ministry? Are there tax advantages with certain types of giving? We’ll review our HarvestCall ministries and the funding required to support them and discuss giving options that may save taxes in light of the higher standard deduction per the new tax law. We’ll also take your questions about planned giving.
Facilitator: Nile Bucher
For Workshops and Main Sessions.
Listed in order in which they present.
Church Outreach Director at ACCFS. Trainer and presenter. Minister. Mentors college students. Member of the HarvestCall’s Church Establishment Committee. Active on Brotherhood Communications Committee.
HarvestCall’s Outreach Manager. Minister. Served at Gateway Woods for six years and then was missionary in Jamaica for five years. Mentor to Purdue Young Group men.
History professor. Minister. Leads Bible-teaching tours to historically rich locations. Founder of Wit ‘n’ Wisdom Education, providing teaching podcasts, videos, etc.
HarvestCall’s Executive Director. Passionate about the Great Commission. Former volunteer member of several World Relief committees and Mission Committee sub groups. Chairman of Integration Steering Committee charged with integrating World Relief and Mission Committee.
Part of one of the first families in Ixtlán to respond to Marshall Heinold’s gospel teaching. Teacher at El Colegio de las Américas de Ixtlán, the Christian school supported by our Ixtlán church.
Les & Christine Kaeb
Les Cayes, Haiti
Administrator of Good Vision Farm, site of the Haiti dairy ministry. Sent from Francesville where Les was a minister. Owner of a dairy & manure equipment business.
Financial Advisor. Minister. ISU Young group director. Leader of multiple evangelism trips to New York City.
Other speakers or facilitators include: (more are being added regularly)
Listed in alphabetical order
Stephen Baner – Gridley. Former Minister. Redeploying for the Kingdom after retirement as a CFO and Treasurer. Now a HarvestCall Board Member, serving as Board Secretary, Finance Committee, Fiduciary Committee. Board member of Productos Carnicos La Mission.
Ron & Edie Bollier – Indianapolis. Ron was an elementary school teacher for 40 years and is a minister. They have had multiple children serve in foreign missions.
Heidi Bradle – Peoria. Teacher at a Christian school serving low-income families. Part of Peoria’s Sidewalk Sunday School in the heart of the city’s housing projects. Active in numerous community ministries. Also serves on HarvestCall USA Committtee’s urban outreach group.
John & Jill Bradle – Roanoke. Minister. HarvestCall volunteers. Passionate about prayer in furthering the gospel message, especially as grown children are involved with mission-work here in the states.
Nile Bucher – Bluffton North. Accountant who served as financial manager for several non-profit projects. He has also served as Treasurer and later as Financial Manager for HarvestCall for the past 9 years.
Nathan Dieudonne – Dumay, Haiti. Pastor in Bethel Church, the organization HarvestCall’s Lifeline program works through.
Sarah Fehr – Mexico Committee communications manager. Has spent considerable time in Mexico, working on Spanish skills and building friendships with believers there. Will be an implementer of the HarvestCall Spanish Language Program.
Klint & Sarah Fiechter – Bluffton. Lead the Missionary Advocate groups for Bluffton and Bluffton North churches. Have participated in missionary retreats and have a passion for raising awareness of missionaries’ needs within the church.
Nick Gutwein – West Lafayette. Elder. Retired global business leader who lived overseas. Counseling elder for HarvestCall Jamaica and planning facilitator for HarvestCall’s USA Committee. Serves on Elder Communications Committee.
Chris & Sharon Huber – Francesville. Retired Minister/General Contractor. Participant on numerous short-term mission teams to Haiti and Mexico. Privileged to be part of the 2019 long-term team as Spiritual Coordinators in Hardin County, Texas winter rebuild.
Matt Knapp – Peachtree City. Minister. Director of Rehabilitation. Serves on church bolstering and planting committee. Moved from central Illinois to Georgia in January 2014 specifically to support a small church.
Gwen Leuthold – Tremont, IL. Church Establishment Committee Communications Coordinator. Supported the Nashville, TN church for 18 years. Serves on HarvestCall HR Committee. Member of ALive 2019 Committee (Athens, AL). Member of Pekin, IL Outreach.
Jonathan Hodel – Roanoke. Owner of a geospatial solutions company. Minister. He and his wife, Megan, have had opportunity to support missionary couples sent by the Roanoke church.
Christopher Indermuhle – Akron. Has a heart for the brethren in Eastern Europe. Numerous trips and months of time spent in Eastern Europe laboring with believers there. Joined HarvestCall European Committee in 2017.
Fred Janssen – Roanoke. Retired Caterpillar worker. Not originally from church so has first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be brought into the fold. Serving as usher for many years gives him experience welcoming people and making them comfortable.
Wayne Laubscher – Washington. Active for many years in prison ministry. Leader of HarvestCall’s Bible Distribution task force. Retired minister.
Tofig & Amy Mammadov – Bloomington. Amy is on staff with International Students, Inc., leading outreach ministry to international students on Illinois State University campus. Tofig came as an international student to the US, where he became a Christian and was led to worship in our Apostolic Christian church.
Amber Miller – Champaign. Clinical Social Worker at ACCFS. Provides care for HarvestCall missionaries.
Aaron Plattner – Alto. An M.D. and Inpatient Psychiatrist caring for the chronically mental ill with a high percentage of co-morbid substance use. He also provides psychiatric care via tele-psychiatry with ACCFS.
Duane Rocke – Minneapolis. Elder. Chairman of Church Establishment Committee. Formed passion for establishing churches and planting new ones through worshipping in seven different small churches in first 10 years after his conversion.
Etheard Smarth – Bonne Fin, Haiti. A MEBSH pastor who serves as lead Chaplain for Hospital Lumiere.
Paul Streitmatter – Washington. Planning Facilitator for HarvestCall. Provided strategic implementation assistance to Mission Committee. Former World Relief board member and HarvestCall local church representative.
Rod & Beth Steffen — Cissna Park. Rod is a financial advisor and small business owner. Active in jail ministry. HarvestCall board member serving on the finance and executive committees. Their son and family just returned after 6 years of doing business as missions in Thailand.
Tom Waldbeser – Peachtree City. Elder. Long time employee of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Serves on HarvestCall’s Spiritual Oversight Committee and as Counseling Elder for HarvestCall’s Church Establishment Advisory Committee. Relocated to support a small church 24 years ago.
Scott & Mandy Yordy – Roanoke. Served as missionaries in Les Cayes, Haiti where Scott managed the construction department.
Proclaim & Serve 2019 is at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church, 2 miles west of Roanoke on Rt. 116, 1 mile south, 1/2 mile west.
Advance registration is expected. Seating is limited in the breakout and discussion group rooms and seats will go first-come, first-served based on time of registration. It is likely that many of the rooms will be filled prior to the day of the conference.
Please help us plan the day effectively and register online as early as possible.