Missions Conference 2016

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This year our speakers will be sharing about the exciting work of Bible translation.
Our keynote speaker will be Neil Anderson, a Wycliffe missionary who translated the New Testament for the Folopa speaking people of Papua New Guinea.  Csaba and Lisa Leidenfrost will share about their translation work among the Bakwe people of Cote d’Ivoire.
God’s Word is bearing fruit all around the world just as He promised.  Come and hear stories of how His Kingdom is spreading through the work of Bible translation in other lands!

Date: February 19-20, 2016 (5:00pm Friday – 12:00pm Saturday)
Location: Trinity Reformed Church, 101 East Palouse River Drive, Moscow, ID 83843
Schedule: see below
Cost: Free! Donations are welcome to help us cover the costs of the conference. Suggested donation is $20/person. If you can’t donate, come anyways — we want to see you there!
Speakers: Neil Anderson, Csaba & Lisa Leidenfrost
No childcare available
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FRIDAY – February 19
5:00pm – International Potluck with emphasis on African cuisine
6:15 – Singing
6:30 – 1st plenary talk: The Word Among the Folopaof Papua New Guinea (Neil Anderson)
7:30-8:30 – Fellowship
SATURDAY – February 20
8:15am – Coffee/Fellowship Time
8:45 – Choir performs
9:00 – 2nd plenary talk: The Word Bears Fruit (Neil Anderson)
9:45 – Break (coffee & snacks / visit book table and ministry tables)
10:00 – The Word Speaks Bakwé (Csaba Leidenfrost)
10:45 – Break (coffee & snacks / visit book table and ministry tables)
11:00 – Word and Life at the Edge of the Village (Csaba & Lisa Leidenfrost)
11:45 – Q/A & Closing
Other Weekend Activities
FRIDAY – February 19
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch Q & A time with Neil Anderson
SUNDAY – February 21
8:30am – Worship Service @ Christ Church (Sermon on Missions by Doug Wilson)
Neil was born in Baltimore, MD and moved to Spokane, WA as an infant. He graduated from John Rogers High School. He attended Biola College for almost four years as a Greek and Bible major, and eventually graduated with a BA in Humanities from Eastern Washington College. He became a Christian at Fourth Memorial Church at the age of sixteen and was active in church and camp ministries. In 1965 he married Carol and they have four children, Heather, Daniel, Bruce and Wendy, and 10 grandchildren.

In 1970 they joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and in 1972 Neil and Carol left for Papua New Guinea and were assigned to work with the Folopa speaking people. They continued with that work, as well as having assignments in administrative areas, until 2005 when the Folopa New Testament was completed. The dedication for the New Testament took place January 16, 2007. In February 2007 Neil and Carol received the Logohu National Medal of Honour for their service to the country of Papua New Guinea.

Neil has been a plenary speaker at Urbana Missions Conference in the US as well as other conferences. He co-authored with Hyatt Moore the book In Search of the Source, a Wycliffe publication. The book has been translated into a dozen languages and has been well received.

Following the time in PNG Neil served Wycliffe Canada as a chaplain at Canada Institute of Linguistics as well as speaking across Canada for Wycliffe Canada’s work around the world.

Neil served as the senior pastor of Fourth Memorial Church in Spokane for almost four years before being called to serve at as a part time pastoral associate at His Place Church, Post Falls, Idaho, in 2013. Neil also serves part time with Wycliffe Associates as a Minister of Encouragement.

Neil and Carol currently live in Spokane, Washington.

Born to missionary parents and raised in Liberia, West Africa, Csaba feels more at home in Africa than in the USA. He is an elder of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho and was commissioned by her for the work of Bible Translation. Csaba has a B.S. in Wildlife management from the University of Idaho. He also did graduate level studies in linguistics and translation.

Lisa is a full time wife and mother although she also has a B.S. in Wildlife management from the University of Idaho and did some graduate level courses in linguistics. Most of her time on the field was spent in teaching their four children and keeping Csaba balanced. Read her book At the Edge of the Village”, published by Canon Press, to see how she spent the rest of her time on the field.

Csaba and Lisa began their training with Wycliffe in 1984. After studying French in France from 1986-88, they arrived in Côte d’Ivoire to begin working among the Bakwé people. Since that date by God’s grace the Leidenfrosts have managed a Wild life, including: living without electricity for 10 years, studying the Bakwé culture, developing the Bakwé alphabet with its 13 vowels, analyzing Bakwé grammar, publishing books in Bakwé including many of their own folktales, training literacy teachers, raising four children in the village, and they are now nearing the completion of a translation of the New Testament into Bakwé.

More Wycliffe short videos:

Neil Anderson – Why Bible Translation (2:59min)

The Bible in Every Tongue: A God-Sized Mission (5:02 min)

The Word Connects With People (6:38 min)

The Strangest Place (6:30 min)