October is a special month here at Moody Bible Institute. Everyone has settled into the semester, the fall weather is usually lovely in Chicago, and we even dream every year that maybe this will be the year that the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs are still playing baseball.
Even better than all those things, though, is that October is the month when ourannual Missions Conference is held. Regular classes are suspended for a week, and our students instead attend seminars and chapel sessions focused on missions. We welcome dozens of missionaries to our campus every year to meet our students and talk about the reality of their ministry. Our department of World Missions and Evangelism—whose faculty has a combined 100+ years of missions experience— offers majors in Intercultural Ministries, Urban Ministries, Jewish Studies, Applied Linguistics, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Evangelism/Discipleship. Students also take their training in missionary aviation, Bible, music, youth ministry, and more into missions contexts around the world.
Since our founding in 1886 by D. L. Moody, Moody Bible Institute has trained students with a passion for reaching the world with the gospel. But we don’t expect every student to become an overseas missionary. In fact, part of our emphasis during Missions Conference is that every single follower of Jesus Christ has a role to play in sharing the gospel. Some of us will be called and equipped to evangelize an unreached people group in the Amazon. Others will minister to at-risk children in our nation’s large cities. And some will support their work through prayers and financial help. All of us are necessary for the work of sharing the news about salvation through Jesus.
Readers and supporters of Today in the Word are part of global missions, too. We recently received an email from someone inside a country that is closed to missionaries. For security reasons, we won’t reveal the details of his name or country, but here is what he said: “Your Internet site reaches our students here!” The government doesn’t want Christianity to spread in this country—but Today in the Word is still sharing the gospel and the Word of God with people there.
Your support of Today in the Word truly is a participation in global missions. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and gifts that allow our website, email, Facebook, podcast, and print editions to flourish. Please continue to pray that we will all do our part to share the gospel with a world in desperate need of knowing the love of Jesus.
To learn more about Missions Conference on Moody’s Chicago campus, please visit www.moody.edu/missions-conference.