Grace U to host Carl Medearis

jtbcgeLThe Department of International Studies and Grace University Student Body Association are honored to host Carl Medearis as the keynote speaker of the 2014 Jared T. Burkholder Conference on Global Engagement.

The conference will be held on the Grace University campus Feb. 24-26, concluding in a Day of Prayer on Feb. 27.

Medearis has 30 years of involvement in the Middle East. He lived in Beirut, Lebanon, for 12 years with his wife and children. Medearis’s latest book, Tea with Hezbollah, tells the story of a recent trip during which he spoke with leaders in Hezbollah and Hamas about the teaching of “love your enemies.” He is currently involved in a movement in the Middle East to promote peace-making, as well as cultural, political and religious dialog leading toward understanding and reconciliation.

Dr. Mark Christian will also be a featured speaker at the conference. He is the founder of the Global Faith Institute, and a former member of the Islam faith. Dr. Christian will be speaking on the pursuit of truth in Middle Eastern history and current world events.

Conference guests include Send International, TEAM, Avant, Interact, AIM, Teach Beyond, Child Evangelism Fellowship, World Vision, and Encouragement International.

The event is free and open to the public. A full schedule of events can be found at:

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.