Suffering, Risk and Joy
through Biblical Eyes
An Interserve One-Day Conference | Saturday, July 10
What can followers of Jesus offer to suffering people?
What place does suffering have in our calling?
Join us for a one-day conference as we wrestle with these questions, hear from Partners serving in difficult places, pray, network and reconnect to God's mission. We hope you'll join us!
We're meeting this year at The College Church in Northampton, about an hour and a half from both Albany and Boston. We're looking forward to our first chance to gather since the Covid shutdowns.
Our plenary speaker, Dan B, a veteran pastor and renowned expert in Islamic studies, and his wife live in the Middle East. They have taken in refugees and counseled the hurting. They will help us distill what the Bible says about suffering, guiding us through passages in Job, 1 Peter, and 2 Corinthinians, as we consider: The suffering of the world we're called to serve, the cost of following Jesus, the suffering of the ones sent, and the anticipation of a world without tears.
Mark H, Interserve USA's new Executive Director, served for ten years in Ukraine where he taught English and Business Management at a local university, planted a church, and trained over 100 Ukrainians to work cross-culturally. He'll be sharing his own story of following Jesus and what drew him to Interserve.
Panel Discussion on What Religions Say about Suffering will explore viewpoints from the major religions and compare them to our hope in Christ.
Special reports will be given from Partners from Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.
We are planning for a mask-optional event, but will be following whatever the current guidance is from the CDC and the leaders at The College Church.
The day will begin at 9 am and conclude around 4 pm. We will have an hour-and-a-half break at noon so people can pick up lunch at local eateries or bring their own food to eat on the church lawn. We will post the full schedule once we have the kinks worked out!
The conference is our free gift to you, though contributions to help defray expenses are appreciated.
We do ask that you register so that we know how many to expect and how to reach you if plans change.