Worldgate conference provides a taste of missions

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By Blake Mayes
Staff Writer

From Feb. 13-15, the College of Missions and the College of Fine Arts hosted the sixth annual Worldgate conference.

This year’s theme was “So All Can Hear.” This corresponds with the purpose of Worldgate, which is to give students an experience of different cultures and bring awareness to what God is doing around the world.

“Worldgate is a few days of the semester that provide an opportunity to share how God is getting his people on the missions field in new, creative ways. It also challenges and invites students of any major to learn how to take part in missions within their own job field, “ said junior intercultural studies major Julia Pruveadenti.

Worldgate opportunities

One of the events was a free Thai lunch held in Liechty Hall on Thursday, during which intercultural studies professors and students shared ways that God has used them overseas.

On Friday there was a global art sale in the Word and Worship Center’s atrium that featured different pieces of art available for purchase.

Ray Hilsinger, missionary to Tibet, spoke in chapel on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as at a dinner hosted by the intercultural studies department.

The dinner was followed by a celebration concert, in which many different North Central musical groups performed, including North Central’s Chorale.

Senior music major and Chorale member Kelsie Marshall found the concert interesting and engaging.

“I think that it’s awesome that North Central has developed a great percussion ensemble. It was wonderful to have them join us in one of our African chorale songs; it made the music feel more authentic,” said Marshall.

Touching the world in one night

One of the main events was “Welcome To My World,” which was held in the Trask Word and Worship Center’s atrium. Different missionaries set up informational booths, and many students helped out as well.

“Out of all the events about missions, ‘Welcome to my World’ with the students and missionaries sharing about their experiences, was really great to go to. I would really like to see more missions conferences happen,” said senior youth development major Aaron Biddinger.