Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2009

International Crisis Response Leader to Present Lecture at Whitworth March 11

Disaster management expert's address to be part of university's Missions Week 2009

Eng Hoe, director of crisis response and community development at Spokane-based Partners International, will present a lecture "Poverty and the Kingdom of God" as part of Missions Week at Whitworth University. Eng Hoe’s lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the Seeley-Mudd Chapel. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 343-4061.

In the last decade, Eng Hoe has been on site for nearly every major international disaster. He left his legal practice in the mid-1990s to establish a crisis relief ministry. In 2005, he joined Partners International to lead their crisis response effort. Through Partners International, Eng Hoe has provided disaster relief to nations around the world by training leadership teams that minister to survivors and refugees in the world’s poorest countries.

"The least evangelized people of the world are among the poorest people of the world," Eng Hoe says. "But, they are not poor simply because they lack money. Poverty is when you do not have the luxury of choice. You have no choice where to live, what to eat, what clothes to wear, what career to choose, or how to spend your money. You never have any extra money, let alone enough to live day to day."

Partners International is a global ministry that works to create and grow communities of Christian witness in partnership with God’s people in the least Christian regions of the world. In 2008, their 50 ministry partners planted 2,290 churches, won 73,200 lives to Christ, trained 19,690 leaders for Christian service, and assisted 397,960 people through holistic community development.

Whitworth's Missions Week 2009 will be held March 9 through March 16. This year’s theme, "Where Are Your Feet Going?" is derived from Isaiah 52:7, which says, "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!"

Missions Week is designed to help students discover ways they can serve God in the mission field and to encourage them to be aware of God's work locally and globally. In addition to Eng Hoe's lecture, the university will host a Missions Fair on Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building's Lied Square and Multipurpose Room. Participants will include representatives from local and international mission organizations who will be available to talk to students. In addition, a Wycliffe Bible Translator's Workshop will be offered Saturday, March 14, from 8:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the HUB ASWU Chambers.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Dennis Reaser, special events manager, Partners International, (509) 343-4061 or dennisr@partnersintl.org.  

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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