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DUREMDES WEEK TO CHALLENGE, INSPIRE

by | Sep 8, 2011

Bluefield College will host its annual Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week, September 28-30, featuring the nationally renowned ministry of Generation Next evangelist David Nasser and the uplifting music of Dana Jorgensen.

For 20 years, thanks to the generosity of Drs. Gene and Jane Duremdes of Princeton, West Virginia, who sponsor the Christian Emphasis event, the college has set aside a week in the school year for students and the community to focus on faith through the facilitation of spiritual speakers, leaders and musicians.

Sensing a “special calling” to “share with the students of Bluefield College some of the blessings they have received from the Lord,” the Duremdes created the event with BC leaders to give students and the public at-large the opportunity to “examine their spiritual lives” and to “seek answers to life-impacting questions.”

Leading the search this year during three separate sessions, open and free to the public, Wednesday through Friday at 10 a.m. in Harman Chapel, will be Nasser, whose ministry reaches out to the high-tech, attention-lacking culture of Generation Next.

A speaker, author, visionary and minister with a passion to connect people to the living God, Nasser uses relevant methods to communicate the life-changing messages of the gospel to more than 700,000 people annually.

“My ministry exists as an arrow to the Father as the only fountain that can quench the thirsty soul,” said Nasser. “Through relevant, God-centered teaching, we invite all to come and drink. We are committed to being simple, yet deep, humorous, yet reverent, modern, yet sacred.”

As one of the nation’s forefront speakers and visionaries, he is also the founder of DNO Ministry, a rapidly growing mentoring and consulting organization that works extensively with Youth Specialties, Student Life, Acquire the Fire, and many other Christian ministries.

Joining Nasser in leading BC’s Christian Emphasis Week will be Jorgensen, a worship leader, singer and songwriter. Like many Canadian young men, Jorgensen grew up dreaming of becoming a professional hockey player, but eight concussions and several broken bones later he decided to hang up his skates and his dreams of the National Hockey League.

After a short stint with a rock band in Vancouver, British Columbia, Jorgensen became a youth and worship leader at North Shore Alliance Church, where he began a three-year journey of soul-searching, spiritual growth, and the honing of his music and songwriting skills.

In 2005, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he continued his music and songwriting career, which recently produced a third album, “Everything to Beautiful,” an honest, open journey into the questions and challenges involved in truly trusting God.

“When we allow God to do his work,” Jorgensen said about message in his music and ministry, “we realize that no matter where we’ve come from, no matter where we are, no matter how dark the path may seem, God truly turns ‘everything to beautiful.'”

For more information regarding Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week at Bluefield College, e-mail the BC Office of Public Relations at [email protected]

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