Local church hosts global speaker

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On Sunday morning, the Craig Assembly of God church will present a guest speaker, Ron Iwasko, president of Global University.

Iwasko gives administrative oversight to the missions-focused university, which is a multi-faceted, technologically advanced institution offering evangelism, discipleship, pre-college, college, and graduate-level programs.

The university's mission theme, "Taking all the word to all the world," is being lived out through nearly 600,000 students studying materials in 179 countries and 149 languages.

In Finland, Global's basic leadership courses are well-attended at Pentecostal churches. The Finnish Free Mission also is using Global courses to standardize the Bible school curricula in its 40 mission fields.

These courses also are being used to train church leaders on both an undergraduate and graduate level in Guyana.

Because of a change of leadership in Brazil, Global now has a potential of reaching 85 million Brazilians and people in every Portuguese-speaking country. In the Republic of Georgia of the former Soviet Union, there were no Bibles and no training materials until just a few years ago. In June, 35 students will be graduating and moving onto ministry assignments.

Dave Ross, Craig Assembly of God pastor, met Iwasko at a general council in Denver and extended an invitation to him to speak in Craig.

"If you want to be informed about what's going on in Christian education around the world, this is the chance," Ross said.

He also noted that Craig resident Ben Longwell is currently a student at Global University.

Iwasko speaks at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Craig Assembly of God, 1150 E. Ninth St. For information, call 824-8224 or 824-0365.

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