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Dr. Carolyn Bishop Speaks at Cumberlands


Dr. Bishop speaks to University of the Cumberlands' students.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Dr. Carolyn Bishop began the 2006 Franklin P. Owen Conference on Missions and the Church with a lecture at University of the Cumberlands' convocation service on Monday. Bishop is the president of the Consortium for Global Education, which supports the development and strengthening of international education programs between 45 Southern Baptist member schools and other universities and higher education institutions abroad.

Bishop's message, "Seeing is believing," focused on the mission opportunity of working in foreign countries while not necessarily preaching Christianity. "Individuals may not hear what you say, but they will see what you do," said Bishop.

One of the ways people can get involved is through teaching at universities in China. According to Bishop, there are 20 million university students in China.

"Education can make a difference and is making a difference in this world," she said.

She also said that the witness of Americans in countries such as China, North Korea and Iran is laying a foundation for a message of hope. Bishop challenged her audience to find out how to become involved in missions opportunities that Cumberlands offers in China or any other country.

The Franklin P. Owen Conference on Missions and the Church, held September 18-20 at Cumberlands, featured three lectures by Bishop as well as a church leader’s luncheon and a reception and dialogue with Cumberlands faculty at the Cumberland Inn. The conference is supported by an endowment given in honor of the late Franklin P. Owen, former Executive/Secretary of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and Baptist Statesman, and by University of the Cumberlands.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.