Friends of the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center gathered Wednesday, September 22, 2010, for the formal opening of the Church of God Heritage Exhibit Into All the World. The new exhibit utilizes photographs, artifacts and video to tell how Church of God men and women have taken the Gospel to the nations. Along with our first international ministry to the Bahamas, the exhibit features the work of missionaries and national workers throughout the world. Their stories include testimonies of persecution and provision, the role of youth in spreading the gospel, the importance of education in making disciples, the explosive growth of the Church of God around the world, and the exciting development of mission fields becoming mission forces. The exhibit continues the year-long centennial celebration of World Missions.
Dr. Douglas LeRoy, General Director of Church of God World Missions, reminded the audience how the Lord led Edmond and Rebecca Barr, along with Robert and Ida Evans, to take the gospel to the Bahamas a century ago. Since that time the Church of God has expanded to 181 countries and territories outside the United States and Canada. Dr. James Beaty, who began his missionary service in 1946, encouraged attendees to help collect and preserve documents and photos that tell the story of Church of God world missions.
Dr. David Roebuck, Director of the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center, commented, “Into All the World is intended to honor those who have given their lives fulfilling the Great Commission. We trust that it will remind all of us our responsibility to share the good news of Jesus Christ. I am especially pleased that Into All the World is located in this building where thousands of students are preparing for their futures as they study at Lee University and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. We pray that God will use the stories of the men and women depicted on these walls and in these display cases to call a new generation willing to respond to the cry ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’”
Visitors may tour the exhibit anytime Squires Library is open. The Dixon Pentecostal Research Center produced the exhibit on behalf of the Church of God Historical Commission and with the support of the International Executive Committee and Department of World Missions. The exhibit will remain open with occasional changes until July 2012. -- David G. Roebuck