New York missionary to speak at McCoy Lectures series

April 9, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Lebanon native Nomie Derani will be the featured speaker for the Seventh Annual McCoy Lectures series at Wayland Baptist University, slated for Wednesday, April 14.

Featuring a missions theme annually, the lecture series kicks off with the Wednesday chapel service at 11 a.m. in Harral Auditorium. Derani will also speak later that day at a missions forum for students and others interested, slated at 3 p.m. in the Flores Bible Building, room 204, and then at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Plainview, 205 West 8th Street, the cosponsor of the lecture series. All events are free and open to the public.

A native of Lebanon, Derani is part of the field personnel with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y. Derani was appointed in 1995 to work with Arab Americans in Dearborn, Mich. She built an effective and self-sustaining ministry in Dearborn before moving to Brooklyn in 2003.

She helped start the Brooklyn Arab American Friendship Center, which offers English as a Second Language classes, driver education, medical and legal assistance, parenting skills, tutoring and educational assistance.

At the Friendship Center, the motto is “To love them, so they ask why.” In tangible ways, Derani shows Christ-like love by helping with immigration papers and legal issues, providing furniture and clothing, giving food baskets, cleaning apartments, teaching classes and providing a listening ear.

“I praise God for CBF, and for the partners of CBF who are supporting us in a way that is freeing me to be able to help these people,” Derani said. “It is a blessing to be able to see someone in need, and (be) able to help. Can I express it enough? I will never be able.”

The McCoy Lecture Series was developed by First Baptist Church with an estate gift from the late Dr. Dorothy McCoy, distinguished professor emeritus in mathematics at Wayland and a longtime member of FBC Plainview. McCoy had a passion for missions, and she served six months in Malawi, Africa, after her retirement from Wayland, later traveling to Indonesia for short-term mission work. She also hosted a missions emphasis gathering for Wayland students and others through the church for many years. McCoy died in November 2001.

The lecture seeks to honor McCoy’s passion for missions and sharing the Gospel.

The chapel service will feature congregational songs led by FBC Minister of Music Dave Purkey and a solo by Purkey, scripture reading by FBC University Minister Leanna Davenport, introduction of Derani by FBC pastor Dr. Travis Hart and a prayer by Dr. Paul Armes, WBU President.