International Student Ministry Conference


Begins in 05 days 05 hrs 11 min


Paradigm Shift | Why International Students Are So Strategic to Global Missions


Identify, Recruit, Train, Equip, Send, and Follow-up

Key Notes & People to Know

Anita Gaines, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, University of Houston, Association of International Educators, and ACMI Board members.


8:45–9a — Registration and gather in the chapel

9a — Welcome

9:10–9:50a — Dr. Michael Brzezinski | Dean of International Programs, Purdue University

Keynote Address: “Here I am Lord, Send Me … Better Yet, Send Them!: Reflections on a Personal Faith Journey and Reaching the World for Christ”

10–10:45a — Trae Vacek | National Executive Director, Bridges International. The leader of the largest annual gathering of international students between Christmas and New Years

11–11:45a — Paula Parker | ACMI Board Chairperson (Director, International Friends Meet, NAFSA Region XII Coordinator) and Dr. Beau Miller, ACMI Executive Director

12–2p — Luncheon – Celebrating Dr. Jack Burke’s 90th birthday

2:15–3p — Leiton & Lisa Espineli Chinn | Most popular award one can receive in ACMI is the Leiton Chinn award. Prominent leader in Lausanne movement. Leiton, ACMI past president, is actively engaged as a leader in the Lausanne movement. Lisa’s name is synonymous with InterVarsity leadership and a sought after ISM speaker. Both are recipients of NAFSA’s prestigious Homer Higbee Award for community programming.

3:15–4p — Nate Mirza | First NAVIGATOR minister to international students. First ACMI Board Chair. Along with Dr. Jack Burke Nate is a co-founder of ACMI. Now retired, is at-large speaker for ISM, author of books related to returnees.

4:15–5p — Dr. Jack Burke | Author of Paradigm Shift: Why International Students Are So Strategic to Global Missions; Career Director of International Student and Scholar Services, first the University of Pennsylvania, then until retirement at the University of Houston, First Baptist Deacon Emeritus; co-founder of ACMI; founder of NAFSA Christian SIG.

5p — Conclusion

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