For the 2019 Mission Conference we are proud to once again welcome Steve Bender, Associate Director of the BBFI as our speaker
For our missionary guests we will be hosting:
Adam & Ashley Walz (Missionaries to Taiwan)
When I was 20 years old, I was offered a full-time job as a Children’s Evangelist. It was while in evangelism I had the opportunity to go on my very first missions trip. My eyes were opened to a lost and dying world that had never heard the name of Jesus Christ or what He came to do for them. Two years after my wife and I were married, we both went on a mission’s trip to Taiwan. Our hearts were burdened for these people as they worshiped their idols and false gods. It wasn’t long after the trip that we knew God was leading us to tell these wonderful people of Him.
Taiwan is steeped in Taoism and Buddhism which dominates the minds of most Taiwanese. Very little is being done to getting the gospel light to the millions that live in their cities and country side. Thousands upon thousands of grave sites are littered with a religion that kept their souls in utter
darkness. But there is still something we can do for those who haven’t entered into eternity. We believe God is going to big things in Taiwan, and we eagerly want to be part of it. Lord willing we want to encourage as many as we can to lift up Jesus and be apart of advancing God’s Kingdom in Taiwan.
Hidalgo Family (Missionaries to Scotland)
We joined as members of Cypress Creek Baptist Church in September 2014. Since then, our spiritual growth and responsibilities at the church have grown immensely. We started off working the nursery but as time progressed we began to take on larger roles. This includes teaching Sunday School and Children’s Church, managing the church website, videography, and overseeing our Youth Department. In all of this experience we knew that God was calling us to take a bigger step of faith. In March 2017, we joined our church on a missions trip to Honduras. It was on this trip that God broke our hearts to foreign missions, and we surrendered to this calling. We had the blessing of serving our missions internship at Cypress Creek Baptist Church. It was during our missions internship that God laid the people of Scotland on our hearts.
Scotland is known as “the most beautiful country in the world.” It is known for lush green landscapes, historic architecture, and the friendly Scottish people. Scotland was once known as the epicenter of the Protestant Reformation. In fact, historically Scotland has been known as “The Land of the Book” because of its rich Christian heritage. However, over the years this has all changed. There are an abundance of beautiful church buildings in Scotland but the majority of these churches are closed. These churches are often turned into night clubs, pubs, and even casinos.In the 2011 census, 57% of the Scottish population claimed no religious affiliation. By 2016, this number had risen to 72%. Scotland is a country of about 5.3 million people but only 3% of the population claim to be Evangelical Christians. It is clear that there is much work to be done in Scotland, but we believe that God’s Light shines brightest in the midst of darkness.