In this session at #CROSS2016, we hear from Elias Medeiros, who spoke about the importance of not wasting our geography; we hear from Zane Pratt, who spoke about how we are to live as missionaries in a hostile world; we hear from Afshin Ziafat who spoke about how the gospel compels us to go in spite of the cost; and lastly, we hear from a panel comprised of Mack and Leann Stiles and Zane and Catherine Pratt, who talked about their experience and gave wisdom about missions from years of experience on the field. Make sure to watch the other sessions, and thank you for joining us for #CROSS2016.”
Born in Houston, Afshin moved with his family to their native country of Iran when he was two years old. In the midst of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Afshin’s family moved back to Houston at age six. In the second grade, he was given a Bible by a tutor who was teaching him the English language. He read that Bible 10 years later as a senior in high school and came to faith in Christ. Ultimately, his family would disown him because of his faith in Christ, and He began to understand the call of Christ on each of our lives—to follow Him regardless of the cost.
Afshin received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages degree from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 2008, he married the love of his life, Meredith. He is the lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, TX.
The Sending Gospel
Catherine Pratt is a North Carolina native. She met her husband, Zane, at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). She served with Zane in Central Asia for twenty years. A short-term trip to the Muslim world with a student team from GCTS confirmed her prior calling to unreached people groups. Their two children were born in a mission hospital at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Before leaving the States, Catherine worked in outreach family counseling.
Dr. Elias Medeiros is the Harriet Barbour Professor of Missions and the Missions Department Chairman at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil since January 1975. Prior to come to RTS in 1993, he worked with youth camping ministries in Northeast Brazil; “church planter missionary” in the Amazon jungle; as an urban church planter in Northeast Brazil; pastored churches in the State of Paraiba, Brazil; taught at the Presbyterian Seminary in Brazil; and worked as Academic Dean at the Evangelical Missions Center in South Brazil. He is also a member of the “Global Diaspora Network Advisory Board” of “Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization” and of the “Evangelical Brazilian Diaspora Movement.” He is happily married to Fokjelina, and they have three children and six grand-daughters.
Don’t Waste Your Geography
Leeann Stiles is an educational consultant in Dubai, UAE. She holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. She grew up in Louisville, KY. Leeann and her husband, Mack, have been married for 34 years and have three grown children and one daughter-in-law. She enjoys writing and leading Bible studies, and discipling women from many different countries. In the past she has directed a number of short term missions trips for students and saw how the Lord used these in incredible ways among nationals and students alike. Leeann has lived in Dubai for 12 years now and attends a church with over 50 nationalities.
Zane served as dean of the Billy Graham School at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2011 until 2013, before returning to the IMB where he now serves as the Vice President of Training. He previously served 24 years in an Islamic context with the IMB as a church planter and regional leader in Central Asia. Pratt also has experience as a church planter and pastor in New England and as an Army Reserve chaplain. He is a co-author of Introduction to Global Missionsand a contributor to Theology and Practice of Mission, both published by B&H Academic. Zane holds a BA from Duke and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell. He is married to Catherine with whom he has two grown children, Charlotte and Greg.
Talk Title: Missionary Living In A Hostile World (Acts 4)
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