Mission Festivals often feature a guest speaker. Great idea! There are plenty of potential presenters right here in Central Illinois (see number 3 below), to say nothing of overseas missionaries back in this country temporarily. See the very last item listed below, "Tips for Hosting a Missionary Visit."
Your congregation is not limited to bringing in a guest speaker, though. Other things can be done. For example:
The national Synod makes available a number of resources to tell of several national and international mission efforts. See number 8 below for a sampling of these materials. More is available at the Synod's website, www.lcms.org
Dr. Ken Schurb, Evangelism Executive
LCMS Central Illinois District
1850 N. Grand Avenue West
Springfield, IL 62702-1626