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A two-day intensive learning and networking event designed to encourage collaborative partnerships among the African diaspora to further expand gospel movements in Africa and the world.

Moving Beyond Mono-Cultural Identities

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Gospel-Centered Partnership

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Reconciling and Reconnecting the African Diaspora

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Engaging North Africa with the Gospel

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BRIDGE 2019 Plenary Speakers

  • Ghada Fakoury
    Ghada Fakoury Executive Coordinator, MANI North/Middle East

    Ghada Fakoury serves as the Executive Coordinator for the MANI Go North/Middle East Initiatives. She also serves on the team of the South to North Africa Partnership, as well as a Training Facilitator for the Go North/S2NAP Initiative.

  • Robert Gelinas
    Robert Gelinas Lead Pastor of Colorado Community

    Robert Gelinas is the founder of The Sankofa Experience where he hosts conversations about Black Christian Calling on the Remembering Tomorrow podcast.

  • Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko
    Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko International Director of SIM

    Joshua Bogunjoko is the International Director of SIM, an international missions agency. Joshua has held several leadership roles including Chief Medical Officer and Director at Galmi Hospital in Niger, West Africa, and Deputy International Director for Europe and West Africa at SIM International.

  • Sam Ogbonnaya
    Sam Ogbonnaya National Board Secretary (ACF), USA, Inc

    Sam is the National Board Secretary African Christian Fellowship (ACF), USA, Inc, and has served the organization in various capacities of increasing responsibility at the local, regional and national levels.

  • Dr. Mario Li HIng Board Chair for the Association of Evangelicals

    Dr. Li HIng is the Board Chair for the Association of Evangelicals in Africa. He serves as trustee for Africa International University, Chairman of the Fellowship of Christian Churches in Mauritius, and serves on the Advisory Team for the Movement of African National initiatives.

  • David Bempong
    David Bempong Executive Pastor at Downtown Hope Church

    David Bempong is the Executive Pastor at Downtown Hope Church in Annapolis, Maryland.

  • Dr. Carl Ellis
    Dr. Carl Ellis Senior Research Fellow with Reformed Theological Seminary

    In 2015, Dr. Ellis was appointed Senior Research Fellow with Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS). Carl currently serves as the Academic Dean of The Makazi Institute, which he co-founded in 2012 to train the next generation of high-level cultural analysts. He is also the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship.

  • Blake Wilson
    Blake Wilson Host Pastor

    Blake Wilson serves as the Pastor of Crossover Bible Fellowship, Houston, Texas.

  • Nosayaba Tukura
    Nosayaba Tukura Director of Training, Research and Development

    Nosayaba Tukura is the Director of Training, Research and Development at Missions Supporters League (MSL) in Jos, Nigeria. She currently serves as the Network Facilitator for the African Woman in Missions Network of MANI.

GHADA FAKOURY

Ghada Fakoury serves as the Executive Coordinator for the MANI Go North/Middle East Initiatives. She also serves on the team of the South to North Africa Partnership, as well as a Training Facilitator for the Go North/S2NAP Initiative.

ROBERT GELINAS

Robert Gelinas serves as the Lead Pastor of Colorado Community. He’s also the founder of The Sankofa Experience where he hosts conversations about Black Christian Calling on the Remembering Tomorrow podcast.

DR. JOSHUA BOGUNJOKO

Joshua Bogunjoko is the International Director of SIM, an international missions agency. Joshua has held several leadership roles including Chief Medical Officer and Director at Galmi Hospital in Niger, West Africa, and Deputy International Director for Europe and West Africa at SIM International.

Schedule

Day 1 – FRIDAY, August 23rd

8:00am – Check-in
8:45am – Prayer, Welcome & Worship
9:15am – Plenary Session 1: Rediscovering Missiological and Historical Ties – Dr. Carl Ellis
10:05am – Strategic Response
10:50am – Breakout Session 1:

  • “Building Partnerships to Impact Africa” – (Ogbonnaya // Adegoke)
  • “Gospel-Centered Partnership Among Africa & The Diaspora”- (Tukura)

12:05pm – Released to lunch
1:00pm – Panel Discussion
2:00pm – Break
2:15pm – Plenary Session 2: Go North Movement – Challenges and Opportunities for Muslim Ministry in North Africa – Dr. Mario Li Hing
3:05pm – Strategic Response
3:40pm – Closing Remarks & Directions
3:50pm – Released to Fellowship

Day 2 – SATURDAY, August 24th

8:00am – Coffee/Tea (Reception area)
8:30am – Praise & Worship
8:45am – Prayer
9:00am – Plenary Session 3 – Sankofa: Divine Intervention and Reconciliation” – Pastor Robert Gelinas
9:50am – Strategic Response
10:30am – Break
10:40am – Breakout Session 2:

  • “Engaging Youth In The Global Gospel” – (Bempong)
  • “Partnering with Indigenous Gospel Movements” – (Ilobi)
  • “Reclaiming North Africa with the Gospel” – (Ghada Fakhoury)

12:00pm – Released to lunch
1:00pm – Plenary Session 4 – God’s Mission – The North-South (African American – African) Collaboration for Global Impact – Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko
1:50pm – Strategic Response *Needs question submission channel
2:20pm – Break
2:40pm – Vision and Planning Discussions
3:40pm – Take Aways/Action Items/Vision Forward
4:10pm – Prayer/Benediction
4:20pm – Closing Remarks
4:25pm – Released to Mission!

Lodging

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20303 Chasewood Park Dr
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Learning and Linking for Life Change

In 2018, there were over 100 participants, representing 20 missions organizations spanning from North America to Africa. The participants gathered to engage in deep and strategic conversation to address the important topic of missional engagement among the African Diaspora in North America.

BRIDGE 2018 Impact

Here is what the participants of BRIDGE 2018 had to say about their part in moving through discussion to practical, international Gospel ministry!

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According to Revelation 5:9, God’s redemptive agenda through the Gospel is inclusive of EVERY race, color, and nationality as both beneficiaries and participants. If God is moving you to discover and join His work in Africa and among its Diaspora, you are invited and encouraged to come and participate. Register HERE, now – to join us in learning about God’s strategy for global outreach and how YOU can be a part of His work.

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