Missions Emphasis Week to Exhibit Worldwide Ministries

Exposure to international programs and ministry efforts across the globe is the basis for Oklahoma Baptist University's 2000 Missions Emphasis Week, Nov.1-3.

Featuring lectures by leaders of international service organizations, performances by missions worship ministries and an exhibition for mission organizations, the event will enable students to meet with career missionaries, short-term mission groups and become aware of OBU's own international opportunities.

The week will begin with a missions emphasis chapel service Wednesday, led by Dr. David E. Crutchley, dean of the school of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and former career missionary.

Dave Mutchler, campus mobilizer for Wycliffe Bible Translators, will deliver the Friday chapel address.

The 10 a.m. chapel services will be in the university's Noble Complex and are open to the public.

Other activities of Missions Emphasis Week will include a presentation of "Music Missions in East Asia" by guest lecturer George McDow, a fine arts coordinator for East Asia, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, in Raley Chapel 203.

McDow is a 1968 OBU graduate and previously served as the string program coordinator at Norman Public Schools.

"Musicians On Mission," will be in concert, Thursday, at 8 p.m., in the Geiger Center.

The group represents a missions worship ministry focused on the realization of students in every nation worshiping Christ. The band recently traveled to Southeast Asia.

Representatives from Wycliffe, Awestar Ministries, and the North American Mission Board, the International Mission Board, will be available to visit with interested students at the missions fair Wednesday and Thursday in the Geiger Center.

Prior to taking the position at SWBTS this summer, Crutchley served in Cape Town, South Africa, by appointment of the International Mission Board.

He and his family lived in South Africa for sixteen years involved with a variety of ministries. Crutchley's most recent position was acting principal of the Cape Town Baptist Theological College.

Crutchley also founded and edited The South African Baptist Journal of Theology.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhodesia and his master of divinity degree and doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Seminary.

He and his wife Carol have three children, Rustin, Matthew, and Kristen.

Mutchler, who has served with Wycliffe since 1983, was first assigned to Papua New Guinea, where he taught missionary children at Aiyura International Primary. He also served as administrator at Ukarumpa High School.

He also served for two years as principal of the Christian Academy of Guatemala, a school of missionary children.

Mutchler was reassigned to Wycliffe U.S. in 1997, where he is responsible for developing and implementing a campus mobilization program in an eight-state region. He speaks at university and high school chapels and classrooms as an advocate for Bible-less peoples.

He and his wife, Linda, have four children.