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Up Close with Dr. Daniel Bourdanné

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Blog, Latest News | 0 comments

Up Close with Dr. Daniel Bourdanné

One of the main people you will meet at IFES EARC 2014 is our main speaker, Dr. Daniel Bourdanné. Before you see for yourself at EARC 2014 just how tall he really is (read on to find out how tall!), we thought it will be great to get to know the man who will open up the book of Isaiah to us. We asked him a few questions. 1. Dr Daniel Bourdanné, we would like to get to know you a little bit better before we see you at the conference. Tell us some fun facts about yourself (e.g. hobbies, number of countries you have been to) I am the DIY (Do It Yourself) person in our home. I enjoy fixing things, gardening, working with my hands. I feel better living in a countryside and closer to the nature. Having a conversation and fun with friends under a big tree in a tropical warm region energizes and inspires me. I collect coins and vintage fountain pens. I travel a lot – I visited nearly 40 countries in the past five years – but I don’t like flying! Being tall as I am (1.91m) I need lots of legroom and that is not always possible on a plane. It would have been much easier for me to visit these countries and places without flying.     2. Can you share with us something about your family? What do you enjoy doing together? Originally from Chad, I am married to Halimatou (who is originally from Niger) and together we are blessed with four children (two sons and two daughters). I have two younger brothers and two younger sisters. My wife also has two brothers and two sisters. As a family, we enjoy welcoming friends, relatives and different visitors to our home. When we have an opportunity to travel together during holidays, we enjoy spending our days on the beaches.     3. Recalling your days as a university student, what inspired you in your personal journey with God? I will mention three things, among the many I could choose. 1) Being able to serve my local IFES group was inspiring As a student, I and some of my friends learned a lot by taking the initiative to lead our student groups. We had no staff visiting us on a regular basis. That experience forced me to take seriously the study of Scripture and I would say that most of my theological and biblical understanding was rooted and deepened in that period of my student life. I learned to trust the Lord more and to grow in my spiritual life. 2) Reading good books and watching committed and faithful Christian leaders was inspiring Written Christian resources were limited in my French-speaking Africa context, but I invested some of my limited money to buy books and build a personal library. I also was very much inspired by one particular lady: she was in her 20s but had left her country and continent and moved to our region to serve us. 3) I also want to underline the role of the Christian student community in my university. As a young believer coming to university, studying biology, I remember being challenged by my studies. I recall a biology professor saying to us, ‘You Christians, are...

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E.P.I.C. PHOTO CONTEST

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Blog, Latest News | 0 comments

E.P.I.C. PHOTO CONTEST

WHAT IS E.P.I.C. TO YOU? E.P.I.C. people! In anticipation for IFES EARC 2014, we invite you to grab your camera and see the world through the Awesome God’s E.P.I.C. lenses. Send us original photos (plus caption) from your country about ENGAGING ISSUES OF OUR DAY – issues that need rebuilding, renovating or reconciliation. Show your talent and you might be the winner of an ACER ICONIA B1 Tablet!   RULES Contest is open to all students of IFES East Asia movements. Participants who are not going for IFES EARC 2014 itself may join this contest. All photos should be originally taken by the contest participant. Photo entries should be accompanied by a SHORT CAPTION to explain why that photo was chosen. Original photos that have previously been published on the internet are acceptable as long as there are no copyright issues. Photo and caption should tell us what the problem/issue is, not the solution. Photos may be taken using any type of camera or camera phone. But please make sure the picture is clear enough. There is no limit to the number of entries per participant. Upload photo entries into the IFES EARC 2014 Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/ifesearc2014). Put a hashtag #epicphotocontest. Get as many ‘likes’ as you can. Winning photo will be decided based on a combination of number of likes and decision of our panel of judges. Decision by the panel of judges is final. Prize will be presented to the winner during IFES EARC 2014. If winner is a non-participant of IFES EARC 2014, prize will be given through the winner’s IFES movement representative attending the conference. The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the contest rules and contest prize only if necessary....

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C is for Christlike

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

C is for Christlike

God’s Purpose for Every Christian (This is the fourth of four articles on the four words that make up E.P.I.C.)   The ‘C’ in E.P.I.C. stands for CHRISTLIKE. Not much explanation required here. Obviously ‘Christlike’ means being like Christ! Yet we sometimes use this word as vague shorthand to simply refer to good Christian behaviour. The late John Stott wrote in his final book The Radical Disciple (2010), “What is God’s purpose for his people? Granted we had been converted, but what next?… It is this: God wants his people to become like Christ, for Christlikeness is the will of God for the people of God.”     What does it take/cost us to be Christlike in our generation? What form would Christlikeness take in our generation? What does an Old Testament book like Isaiah tell us about being Christlike? Join IFES EARC 2014 and explore what it means to be a Christlike...

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I is for Incarnational

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Blog, Latest News | 0 comments

I is for Incarnational

In the Shoes of Others (This is the third of four articles on the four words that make up E.P.I.C.) ‘Incarnational’ is perhaps the most difficult word in ‘E.P.I.C.’ Let’s try to get the sense of it since this is one of the things we are challenged to be at IFES EARC 2014. 1. ‘Incarnational’ is first and foremost a theological word. John 1:14 famously tells us that the ‘Word became flesh and dwelt among us’. That is the main meaning of ‘Incarnation’.  Jesus left his glory, became like one of us (but without sin) and lived among us. 2. For followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we seek to follow in His way of engaging passionately with our world – to put ourselves “in the shoes of others” and being among the people we are sent to. That’s what we mean by ‘Incarnational’.       How does being ‘Incarnational’ work out in the day-to-day, nitty-gritty of our lives? Join IFES EARC 2014 and explore what it means to be an Incarnational...

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P is for Passionate

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Blog, Latest News | 0 comments

P is for Passionate

The ‘P’ in E.P.I.C. is Passionate. It’s more than a feeling. Read on.

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E is for Engaging

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

E is for Engaging

E is for Engaging. The word ‘engage’ in English may mean a few things. Three of them may be found at IFES EARC 2014. Read on to find out.

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IFES EARC 2014 Video

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Videos | 0 comments

IFES EARC 2014 Video

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EARC 2011 Welcoming Video

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Videos | 0 comments

EARC 2011 Welcoming Video

EARC 2011 Welcoming Video

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Student Concert – EARC 2011

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Videos | 0 comments

Student Concert – EARC 2011

A concert by the Malaysia Team

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Welcome!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Blog | 0 comments

Welcome!

Welcome to the EARC 2014 website! We hope that this website will provide you with all you need to know about EARC 2014. We also hope that as you look through this website, it will move you to join EARC 2014. Do check this website from time to time as we will update it periodically. Don’t know where to start? We suggest you first discover “About EARC...

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