Elias Medeiros, Thabiti Anyabwile, & Tim ByrdMobilizing Minorities: Overcoming Obstacles to Getting on the Field

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In this talk, we hear from Thabiti Anyabwile, Tim Byrd, and Elias Medeiros as they share the importance of finding our identity in Christ. They share ways in which as a missionary, we become a minority in whatever new culture we are confronted with and the necessity of focusing on who we are in Jesus.

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    Elias Medeiros

    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.

    Talk Title: 
    Don’t Waste Your Geography

  • Thabiti Anyabwile

    Thabiti is the church-planting pastor of Anacostia River Church (2015) in southeast Washington D.C. He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He is the author of  Reviving The Black Churchand The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of three children. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.

    Talk Title:
    Genesis: Foundations for Missions

  • Tim Byrd

    Tim Byrd has been serving with Campus Outreach in Johannesburg, South Africa for the nine years. Tim holds degrees in both African-American and African Studies and English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Due to his father being in the US Army, Tim grew up in both Europe and the States. Tim and his wife, Niai, have two daughters and are expecting their next child. He enjoys reading, playing and watching sports, working out, cooking and enjoys casual time with family and friends. Tim’s vision is that through the lives of passionate universities students within the local church, South Africa would become a gospel saturated launching pad into the nations of Africa and beyond for the glory of God.