Heuertz speaks to students during IYW

Wed, 2012-07-25 09:21 -- univcomm
World missionary, speaker and author, Chris Heuertz, was a featured guest on the AU campus, Jan 28-30, during Impact Your World Week. The AU Campus Ministries office sponsors Impact Your World Week to offer students and the community an opportunity for worship and study with an off-campus speaker. Chris Heuertz is Executive Director of the missions organization Word Made Flesh which is based in Omaha, Nebraska. After a life-changing experience working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, Chris determined that his lifework would be on behalf of the poorest of the poor as a servant of Jesus. The ministry has founded children's homes in India and has mobilized missions personnel to the most needy parts of the world.

The public was invited to hear Heuertz several times during the week of services. The admission free services were conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. in Reardon Auditorium and again at 7 p.m. in Park Place Church of God. Heuertz spoke again on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. in Park Place Church of God and finished his visit to Anderson with a morning service on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. in Reardon Auditorium and an evening service at 7 p.m. in Park Place Church of God.

Chris Heuertz graduated from Asbury College in 1994 with a BA in Missiology and Theology and a minor in Ancient Biblical Languages. His undergraduate work also included a semester at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem where he studied Hebrew, Archeology, Islamic thought and practice and Jewish thought and practice.

In 1994, Chris returned to India and began to work toward starting a home for children with leprosy and AIDS through Word Made Flesh. Within three months the vision became a reality as the Lord worked through Chris to bring together a nine member Board of Directors, the constitution, memorandum and by-laws of the India ministry. A second Word Made Flesh childrens home in Madras, India was initiated in Fall of 1995. From 1994-1996 Chris served as Field Director in India and the Madras Servant Team Coordinator facilitating teams interested in spending two weeks to six months with the poorest of the poor in South Asia. In April of 1996 he married Phileena Bacon.

In September of 1996 Chris was appointed Executive Director of Word Made Flesh and, within six years, a struggling organization with a USA staff of three grew to a vibrant, spontaneously expanding community of more than one hundred staff members and board of directors. In May of 1997 Chris was ordained as a minister through the Association of Evangelical Churches and Ministries (AECM). Later that year Chris became an adjunct professor at Lakeview Bible College and Seminary (formerly Madras College of Evangelism), in Chennai, India. Since 1997 Chris has taught courses on poverty issues, missions, development, and urban ministry.

Word Made Flesh was started in 1991, as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that exists to serve the poorest of the poor around the world. In 1994, Word Made Flesh initiated its first children's home in Madras, South India for abandoned babies with a primary focus on pediatric AIDS care. In 1995, another home was established for severely mentally and physically disabled girls who have been abandoned, left on the streets to die.

Word Made Flesh operates a concurrent ministry among destitute women. These are women who have struggled to escape lives of prostitution, or who are HIV positive, widowed, divorced or victims of domestic violence. Word Made Flesh trains these women as care-givers and provides them with a family atmosphere, Christian discipleship, and economic stability.

Word Made Flesh currently serves in Bolivia, Brazil, India, Nepal, Peru, Romania and Thailand, working with foreign nationals to make Jesus, the living Word, flesh among the poorest of the poor. Our current projects include pediatric AIDS care, rehabilitation for abused and destitute women, residential care for mentally and physically disabled children, advocacy for street children, housing and rehabilitation for street children, and protection and prevention for sexually exploited women and children.

For more information about Impact Your World Week, contact the Anderson University campus ministries office at 765-641-4203.