UCM to Host 2006 Hmong District Conference
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 5/23/2006 - UCM has been named host site for the 2006 Hmong District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance summer youth conference, which will bring nearly 2,000 youth to campus July 31 to Aug. 5. The conference will include some events open to the public.
Protestant Organization for Young Members
The Hmong District is a protestant organization which includes about 80 churches across the U.S. The conference for young members, ranging from middle school to early college-age, takes place every two years. The week-long event gives participants an opportunity to participate in faith-based workshops, enjoy athletics and other competitive events, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy entertainment provided by Christian musicians.
"We usually have a full-blown concert that brings in a major artist," said Andy Yang, director of youth for the Hmong District. "It's one of the events we offer to the public."
Visited Campus Earlier This Year
Yang was one of several members of the district who visited campus during the fall 2005 semester to meet with University President Aaron Podolefsky, his wife, Ronnie, and a myriad of other UCM staff who will work with the organization to prepare for the conference.
Campus Will Accommodate Growing Group
The Hmong District conference previously took place at a small college in northern Illinois. Growing interest among the district’s youth prompted supporters to look for a larger site that will better accommodate it facilities and technology needs.
Experience with Large Groups
The university has experience working with large groups, having hosted the Accelerated Christian Education Ministries conference in the spring of 2005. It brought nearly 2,600 young people from across the globe to campus.