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THE OKLAHOMA SYMPOSIUM: FOREIGN MISSION METHODS TODAY
Character Inn Conference Center, Oklahoma City, USA
Date: March 21 - 25, 2011

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS AND PAPER PROPOSALS

The challenges of foreign missions are diverse. They range from cultural, linguistic, economics, administrative, interpersonal contact, conflict and resolution.  What are the viewpoints of those in the academy? Such as how to deal with these challenges?  What do people in the field say are the real challenges and repeatable outcomes?  Interdisciplinary understanding of this polarity represents a problem of great importance for both academics and practitioners in missions flow.  Through Workshops and theoretical presentations, the symposium will explore what works today in the mission field- from the academy to the rural spaces- and what does not work in age-specific, ethnic-specific, or the global market place of ideas.  We plan to divide the symposium sessions into Asia, Africa, Europe, South and North America missions.  We are accepting proposals from missionaries, scholars, psychologists, arts and cultural practitioners, oral historians, and interested others from around the world. 

Proceedings from the symposium will be publishing a DVD and e-book format.  We seek to commission an expert in filmmaking or the media arts to do the DVD and create the e-publication; the commissioned participant’s registration fee will be waved.  Submit the abstract of your paper or workshop proposal with a brief biography of the presenter to info @nkafoundation.org.  The full paper (6,000 words maximum) should also be submitted electronically to info@nkafoundation.org and/or nkaprojects @gmx.com.

Important Dates

  • Symposium will be held from 21st to 25th of March, 2011
  • Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2010 - January 15th, 2011
  • Early Registration Deadline: November 15th to February 15th, 2011
  • Full Paper Submission: Until March 15th, 2011

Rates & Registraton:

  • Registration fee $499 and $690 after March 15th (registration fee includes conference publication, lunch, and admission to all programme activities)
  • Hotel Group Rate: $40 single or double occupancy
  • Venue: Character Inn Conference Center (Institute in Basic Life Principles Oklahoma Training Center), 520 West Main Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.
  • Phone: +1 (405) 526-0001.  Fax: +1 (405) 526-0002


Character Inn Conference Center

More Information: For details on the symposium venue and to book accommodation go to www.conferenceokc.com.  The project organizer’s web site is www.nkafoundation.org.  Additional information related to the symposium will be sent to all participants well in advance of the conference.  Come with your instruments of mission.  If you play a musical instrument, or create with another tool, bring it along for impromptu performances, Short Takes, or large audience performance.

Symposium Coordinator: Barthosa Nkurumeh, PhD, Oklahoma City.

Next Stop:
AFRICAN MISSION LABORATORY: A SHORT-TERM MISSION TO GHANA
(Voluntary Work Abroad / Volunteer Abroad in Africa / Service Learning Abroad)

Results from The Oklahoma Symposium will be tested through a mission methods laboratory in sub-Sahara Africa.  The mission methods laboratory seeks people to work side-by-side with local people on a design and construction project and their community goals.  There is room on our mission field for all.  

Join
The voluntary project seeks individuals and teams of engineers, builders, architects, artists, after school teachers, development partners, interns, gap year students, and interested others.  Participant can stay for a few weeks or the whole year from June 2011 through August 2012 according to own project.  Participants will be provided with project site and housing.  Housing will be at our Arts Village in the Abetenim traditional area (15 kilometers from Kumasi) and homestay for cultural immersion is another option. Food will be by cooperative kitchen at $7 per day; participants will also have to raise funds for own travel costs and proposed project.

Come to Abetenim and help us! You will have memories of a lifetime.  We will use local schools, churches, market places and other spaces as sites for implementation of our projects. 

Volunteer
We are seeking a volunteer Site-Program Coordinator, who has knowledge about fundraising to help on our After-School Community centers, and live-in cottages. 

If you are unable to go now, but would like to support this trip financially or in some other way, please contact us at info @nkafoundation.org.  Thank you.

 
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