The ABC/Ohio Mission Encounters took place for two special days this summer.  The first Mission Encounter was held on July 11, 2009 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Chillicothe.  Rev. Walt White, an American Baptist International Ministries Global Consultant was the guest speaker.  He gave details of his experiences traveling around the world and consulting with church leaders as they reach-out to those in their communities who do not know Jesus. He is an excellent resource for American Baptist congregations who wish to understand Islam and some of the forces shaping world events today.  Recently Walt has been in Australia, Turkey, Singapore and other countries sharing with church leaders.

The second Mission Encounter event was August 8, 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Massillon.  Rev. Dr. Stan Slade, an American Baptist International Ministries Global Consultant for theological education was the guest speaker.  Stan joins American Baptist missionaries and partners around the world to strengthen their work of preparing church leaders.  Recently he has worked with national Baptist leaders in Mexico, Vietnam, Thailand and other countries.

The stories that both Stan and Walt shared helped us see and understand how God is at work around the world and also in our own lives as we grow as the disciples that God would want us to be.