WMLS Theme: “The Church: Regaining its place in the changing global missiological landscape”
Speaker: Dr. Odendaal
Lecture series will Start Monday November 5th
Lecture Times are:
Monday: 10am & 6:30pm
Tuesday: 10am & 6:30pm
The Church is again becoming relevant in the world as it is waking up to its responsibility of obeying not only the Great Commission but also the Great Commandment. It is not enough to do evangelism and social action next to each other. Rather the gospel proclamation of the church must have social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And our social involvement must have evangelistic consequences as we bear witness of the transforming grace of Jesus Christ.
Gil serves as the Vice President of Integral Mission with World Relief (www.worldrelief.org) Prior to holding his present position he served as Global Director for PEACE Implementation with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and as Global Director for the HIV/AIDS Initiative under Kay Warren. He has thirty years of ministry experience as missionary, pastor, educator, and leader. For the past 15 years he has progressively immersed himself in community development and the church’s fight against HIV and AIDS, especially in the African context. Other professional positions held by Gil include Regional Coordinator for Africa with Medical Ambassadors International. He also served as Regional Coordinator for Russia and Eastern Europe for a period of two years. Deeply committed to unleash the untapped human resources latent in the church worldwide and to see health equity become a reality in the southern countries, Gil is committed to mobilize the global church to serve the most vulnerable effectively, spiritually and physically. He has developed innovative programs, projects and campaigns that empower the local church globally toward education, prevention, treatment and care for the infected and affected in the pandemic. Gil and his wife, Elmarie, were born and raised in South Africa. They have been married for 37 years. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.