The GGCN Global Missions Conference, Abuja 2023

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About the event

Conference Description

We are pleased to invite you to the 2023 GGCN Global Missions Conference, Abuja 2023 scheduled from 14th to 16th September 2023. This event is organized by the Global Great Commission Network – Africa in partnership with the Global Great Commission Network Global Steering Team.

The GGCN Global Missions Conference, Abuja 2023 is a gathering of mission leaders primarily across Africa to discuss both local and global trends in Great Commission ministry. It is a gathering of stakeholders for effective collaboration in local and global missions. At the GGCN Global Missions Conference, Abuja 2023, you can expect deep conversations and insights on Spirit-born strategies for frontier missions and Kingdom advancement. There will be breakout sessions and opportunity to network with leaders from across the world in order to forge collaborative relationships for the furtherance of the Great Commission. 

To ensure agency-level participation, mission agencies e.g. Christian Missionary Foundation (CMF), Calvary Ministries (CAPRO), Go International, Missions Supporters League (MSL) and others are being invited to participate and advertise their ministries at an exhibition hosted at the venue. For your agency to participate, contact Femi at

Theme: “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Who is invited?

Mission leaders and anyone with an interest in fellowship and a discussion of issues focused on the acceleration of the Great Commission on the continent of Africa, and elsewhere. Global participants are welcome to join this primarily African conference. Global Great  Commission Network participants from around the world are especially welcome and encouraged to attend and to meet with other GGCN leaders and participants.

Conference Sponsor

Global Great Commission Network – Africa


Foursquare Gospel Church, Plot 1902, Yakubu Gowon Cresent, Aya Roundabout, Osakoro, Abuja.  The church is graciously allowing us to use their facilities for the conference venue, as well as other logistical support. The facility has adequate spaces for breakout meetings as well as the plenary sessions.

Conference Meeting Schedule

Thursday 14th September:
9 am – 10 am: Praise and Worship and Devotions (Ask for the Nations)
10 am – 11.15 am: Opening Ceremony
11 am – 12.30 pm: Plenary 1: Bridging the Gap: Thinking Globally – Randy Mitchell
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm: Lunch, Networking and Exhibitions
1.30 pm – 3.30 pm: Seminar 1
3.30 pm – 4.00 pm: Worship & Hymn
4.00 pm – 5.15 pm: Plenary 2: State of Discipleship in Africa – Tim Olonade
5.15 pm – 6.00 pm: Feedback, Q & A, and Closing
Friday 15th September:
9 am – 10 am: Devotions (Ask for the Nations)
10 am – 11.15 am: Plenary 3: Engaging the Next Generation – Mark Kolo
11.15 am – 12.30 pm: GGCN Vision and Regional Reports
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm: Lunch, Networking and Exhibitions
1.30 pm – 3.30 pm: Seminar 2
3.30 pm – 4.00 pm: Worship & Hymn
4.00 pm – 5.15 pm: Plenary 4: Global Trends – The Shifting Missions Landscape – Mary Ho
5.15 pm – 6.00 pm: Feedback, Q & A, and Closing
Saturday 16th September:
9 am – 10 am: Devotions (Ask for the Nations)
10 am – 11.15 am: Plenary 5: Divine Design for Grassroots Collaboration – Randy Mitchell
11.15 am – 12.30 pm: The Holy Spirit & Missions – Bitrus Audu
12.30 pm – 3.00 pm: Lunch, Networking and Exhibitions. City Tour
3.00 pm – 4.45 pm: Worship & Hymn.
Plenary 6: Mobilizing the Grassroots – Igniting Every Believer – Ferdinand Nweke
4.45 pm – 5.15 pm: Closing Ceremony

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Dr. Ferdinand NWEKE

Dr. Ferdinand Nweke trained as a medical doctor and currently serves as the General Coordinator of Eternity Ministries and International Director of the Truth Institute, whose flagship training program, School of Divine Priorities equips leaders to lead and minister for divine agenda.

He is an alumnus and an international faculty member of Haggai Institute for Advanced Leadership Training (Maui, Hawaii, USA), and a graduate of Missions Exposure & Training (MET), South Africa. Dr Nweke has trained leaders in Nigeria, Southern Africa, East Africa, Asia, the United Kingdom, the United States and other nations of the world.

Dr. Mary Ho

Dr. Mary Ho is the International Executive Leader of All Nations International, a global Christian missions organization focused on reaching the neglected globally. In this current role, Dr. Ho provides leadership and direction for All Nations which has grown to four hubs and 400 cross-cultural workers in more than 40 countries.

Prior to this role, Dr. Ho served as the North America Executive Director of the All Nations’ hub in Kansas City, MO. Under her leadership All Nations has since multiplied with two additional hubs, one in Hamburg, Germany, and another in Kampala, Uganda. Her vision is to see All Nations establish additional hubs in other gateway cities worldwide for the mobilization of both cross-cultural and near-cultural workers. Dr. Ho is passionate about finishing the Great Commission in this generation and longs to see the love of God shared among the remaining untouched gospel frontiers.

Gabriel Barau

Gabriel Barau is the Director of Go Ministries in Nigeria. Gabriel pioneered the Go Ministry in 1983 to reach out to the primitive Koma tribe in Nigeria. Since then, GOM has expanded their outreach to include other tribes across Nigeria and other parts of West Africa.  

Mark Kolo

Mark Kolo serves as the International Team Leader for Global Activation, a mission-catalyzing agency seeking to disciple and mobilize a new generation of workers out of Africa for the global harvest.

Timothy Olonade

Timothy O Olonade is the Founding Executive Director /Team Leader of El-Rehoboth Global Leadership Foundation a world mission enterprise established in 2011 to accelerate the fulfilment of the Great Commission. In January 2012 he Co-founded M2414Initiative for Final Harvest to provide Networking platform for Mobilizing and Mentoring younger generation to actualize Math 24:14 ASAP while caring for the poor through its SMILE Initiative.

David Michael Hupp

David Michael Hupp serves as coordinator of the GGCN Global Steering Team. A background in business and as a CPA led to a career in mission administration and leadership. He served 10 years with Helps Ministries and has been a part of Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples) for over 25 years. Ministry has included 9 years serving missions in Taiwan and 15 years in Seattle as US Director and International Director of MUP.

Dr. Randy Mitchell

Dr. Randy Mitchell serves as the International Director of One World Missions. He graduated from ORU with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has pursued post graduate studies in International Business and has earned a Doctorate of Ministry. Dr. Mitchell is an adjunct professor at BGU in Minneapolis where he teaches on Cross-Cultural Leadership. He was an original signatory of the Toyko Declaration in 2010 and serves on the leadership of the Global Great Commission Network.

Dr. Mitchell assited with launching the Global Mobilization Network and currently serves on the leadership team. He has served in both a pastoral role as well as missionary role for over 30 years. He has worked to train leaders and mobilize and equip for missions in over 60 nations. 

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Plenary Sessions and Speakers

  1. Bridging The Gap Between Global And Local Missions : Thinking Globally, Acting Locally – Dr. Randy Mitchell (USA)
  2. State of Discipleship in Africa – Timothy Olonade (Nigeria)
  3. Engaging the Next Generation for Missions – Mark Kolo (Nigeria)
  4. Global Trends – The Shifting Missions Landscape – Mary Ho (USA)
  5. Divine Design for Grassroots collaboration – Dr. Randy Mitchell (USA)
  6. Mobilizing the Grassroots – Igniting Every believer for God’s Mission – Ferdinand Nweke (Nigeria)

Seminar and Devotional Speakers

  1. Gabriel Barau (Nigeria) – Gererating Local Resources for Global Mission
  2. David Hupp (USA) – Mission Leadership and Administration
  3. Timothy Olonade (Nigeria) – Discipleship & Discipleship Making
  4. Femi Reis (Nigeria) – Battle for Africa’s Youth
  5. Mark Kolo (Nigeria) – Discipleship/Disciple Making – Small Group Strategy
  6. Dr. Lazarus Phiri (Zambia) – Devotional
  7. Julius Msheliza (Nigeria) – Devotional

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More About the Conference


It is best to plan your arrival for Wednesday September 13th and your departure for Sunday September 17th (evening flight) or Monday 18th. The airport of arrival is Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja. We recommend that you make your flight bookings early as prices tend to go higher the closer the date of travel.

Airport pick-up & drop off

Arrangements will be made to get registered guests from the airport on arrival and drop you off for departure, in keeping with your itinerary. Kindly share the itinerary with Femi Reis as soon as you purchase your ticket.


There are several hotels and guesthouses around Abuja where you may choose to stay for the duration of the conference. There are also several AirBnB’s around the city. You may find the required information online and make your reservations, accordingly, based on your preferred facility.

The range of hotels is from $50 to $100 per night. A list of recommended hotels will be provided soon.  For further inquiries on accommodation, please feel free to reach out to Benjamin Dike.


Meals are not being provided. Many of the hotels do provide excellent breakfasts, and the schedule allows for mealtimes to be taken individually or in a small group.

Local Transportation

Transportation between hotels and the church venue will be provided for global guests.


Registration is free. There will be an opportunity for free will offering during the conference.  Preconference registration is encouraged per the form below for both in-person and Zoom, live participation.

Visa Letters/Logistics

If you require a visa to visit Nigeria, please apply for one online  at Contact Femi if you require an invitation letter or other supporting documents from your host to apply for a visa.

Security Issues

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Virtual Registration

While in-person attendance at The GGCN Global Missions Conference, Abuja 2023 is invited and encouraged, we are aware that for many both the time and financial commitment may make that impractical.  Fortunately, in organizing and promoting a missions conference we are no longer limited to in-person participation.  The use of the internet and technology gives us a much wider option for global participation.

Registering for virtual participation in the GGCN Global Missions Conference, Abuja 2023 provides:

  • Pre-Conference – Regular Email notices of the online schedule and Zoom connection links
  • During Conference – The opportunity to chat and dialogue with other virtual participants and mission leaders during the sessions
  • Post-Conference – Encouragement and opportunity to further dialogue with other participants and presenters on the topics that were presented.

Post-Conference Plans

A concern that we have all faced with participation in mission conferences is that the dialogue usually does not continue after the closing ceremony. With the GGCN Global Missions Conference we want to see a different outcome. Virtual participants, as well as the broader GGCN Connect community, will be invited to continue the discussion with other mission leaders and with at least some of the conference presenters. More information about this vision and plan will be shared with all conference participants, whether in-person or virtual.


In case of questions, clarifications or inquiries, please contact Femi Reis or Benjamin Dike or Dr Bitrus Audu.

Please fill out the form on this page to register. After submitting, an email containing information on how to participate will be sent to you at the address provided.

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