Paradigm Shift | Why International Students Are So Strategic to Global Missions
Identify, Recruit, Train, Equip, Send, and Follow-up
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