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Missions conference changes hearts, minds

March 7, 1997

By Heather Arrott

Lariat Reporter

The organizers of Mpact '97 hope to change hearts and minds at Southwestern's 47th annual student missions conference.

Mpact is not a new computer program. It means 'No Excuses. The Revolution begins...,' which is this year's theme for the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Conference in Fort Worth this weekend.

'Times are changing, students are changing and missions are changing,' Mpact Promotions Director Kristi Lemoine said. 'This is not your typical conference.'

The program is designed to give students and directors information they need to minister to their schools, neighborhood churches and the world.

'We realize that there are 'No Excuses' for inactivity in God's work,' Lynda Dyck, conference student director, said.

Louie Giglio is familiar to some University students because of his work with Choice Ministries. Giglio plans to speak to conference participants throughout the weekend.

E.K. Baily, pastor of Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, opens the conference on Friday with his vision for inner city kids.

Mpact '97 provides no time for students to just come and sit.

Two sessions are available for participants with the first starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Students and church ministers can explore criminal justice ministry, sports evangelism and neighborhood evangelism. Circus of the King, a Christian circus, will spot the southwest Fort Worth community with bilingual messages of hope in English and Spanish.

'There will be countless opportunities to role up your sleeves and experience ministry,' Dyck said.

Penelope's Caravan of World-Wide Wonders, a wax museum exhibit with international style, is one chance for hands-on experience. This gives students a chance to walk through exhibits containing costumes, artifacts and music from around the globe.

The cost is $34, which includes meals on Saturday and Sunday. Housing will range from hotels to hostels. It just depends on your need for frills or no frills.

'This is the first conference of its kind. You won't want to miss it,' Dyck said.

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