Church delving into 'Heart of Africa'
September 21, 2012
by Sharon Cooper is just one of several
works of art to be offered Saturday
evening at the "Deeper Into the Heart of
Africa" Mission Conference at Bridgeway
Assembly of God.
Works of art, guest speakers, special music and
more will be featured at the "Deeper Into the
Heart of Africa" Mission Conference Saturday and
Sunday at Bridgeway Assembly of God Church,
66027 Highway 2, Bonners Ferry.
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday,
September 22, with an art show and silent
auction with works by local husband and wife
team Jason and Sharon Cooper depicting scenes
from Jason's many mission trips to "the dark
He and Sharon will leave Bonners Ferry for
Uganda and Kenya October 21 on a five-week
The art show and auction will be followed by a
dinner at 6 p.m. which will bring to Bonners
Ferry a taste of the cuisine of Africa, and that
will be followed by featured speaker Pat Hurst,
an Assembly of God missionary to the Democratic
Republic of Congo, who will share the many
experiences of he and his wife's service, both
the triumphs and the tribulations.
Hurst will also speak at Sunday morning
services, which begin at 10:30 a.m.
Artists Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, both members of the
Boundary County Artist's Assosiation, inspire
not only for their art, but for who they are.
Sharon made Boundary County home for a decade
after moving here initially in 1997, until
relocating to Hawaii to serve a church mission
Her husband, Jason, is no stranger to Africa,
having served there on numerous missions. He has
worked with, mentored and been mentored by many
artists across that continent; he developed a
love and respect for the varied cultures he came
to know there sufficient for him dedicate his
life to forging closer ties of understanding and
He and Sharon came to call Bonners Ferry home a
year ago; but their missionary work is far from
done; proceeds from the sale of their works will
not avail them. but go to keep their missionary
work in Africa alive.
Saturday night seating is limited, so
reservations are requested. The dinner is free,
but donations will be gratefully accepted. To
find out more or to ensure a seat at the table,
call (208) 267-3558.
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