Winter 2014 has become the most tragic period in Ukraine’s history of national development. For more than three months, there has been a very aggressive confrontation between the people of Ukraine and government special police forces. Demonstration lost its peaceful character after people were killed, and the 19th of February was a horrible day, marked by close to 900 injured people and 77 dead due to gunshot wounds. Prayer is much needed for families of those who lost their loved ones. May the Lord protect their hearts, minds, and souls from hatred and aggressive decisions.
Praise God for his provision! In late December the $500,000 match offer was 100% completed by God’s grace because of gifts and commitments from people like you.
From my family to the Lausanne family all around the world, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for your love, prayers, support, and for being a part of The Lausanne Movement. God is using you to bless the whole world!
As one of the Lausanne Co-Chairs, it is my privilege to greet you all at this Christmas/New Year season and wish upon you all the Lord’s most choicest blessings at this very special time of year when we remember our Saviour’s incarnation and the hope, light and love he brought, and continues to bring, to the world.
Spontaneous shouts of “Tata Madiba!” in chorus of voice and body spread like waves throughout the stadium long before Nelson Mandela’s memorial service even began. I turned to the Archbishop of Johannesburg to ask what they were saying. “They’re chanting his name, ‘Father Madiba,’” he said with a smile. “They’re chanting his name.”
I want the world to look different in 10 years.
These are the words I used in June at my installation in Bangalore. It’s why I said yes to the incredibly challenging calling to lead The Lausanne Movement. It’s also why I’m writing this.
6:36 p.m. – On a plane from Nagoya to Taiwan, then Hong Kong, then Johannesburg. It was a frantic morning after getting an email from South Africa about the possibility of an invitation to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial and funeral services. Was a jolting shock to even hear of the possibility. An unbelievable honor. Never for a moment did I imagine that something like this would be possible; hence absolutely no prior preparation had been made on my part!
It is a pleasure to write on behalf of my friend Michael Oh and all of our friends from the Lausanne global family as they give leadership to the Movement. These are exciting and challenging days for Lausanne. We are profoundly grateful to God for the way in which he has blessed Lausanne through an infusion of energy and talent represented by younger leaders with a fresh commitment to the vision of “the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world.”
“I want the world to look different in ten years.” At my installation service in Bangalore in June, these are the words I used to explain why I said yes to this incredibly challenging calling to lead The Lausanne Movement.
We're pleased to announce the availability this month of Ephesians: Studying with the Global Church, a study guide and DVD curriculum ideal for home groups or adult Sunday school classes based on the study of Ephesians at Cape Town 2010.
The Holy Spirit seems to be highlighting the book of Ephesians for The Lausanne Movement at this point in history. On one level this isn’t surprising as the central theme of Ephesians is the role of the church in God’s redemptive plan to redeem the cosmos. “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Eph. 3:10-11) The church stands as evidence of the power of Jesus’ cross and resurrection and as a sign post pointing to the redemption of all things. Spiritual forces of evil seek to chip away at the church – undermining our unity and stunting our growth unto maturity. But God generously fills us with love and power to live worthy of our calling, empowering us with his Holy Spirit to fulfill his purposes.
But why might the Spirit be leading us to pay particular attention to Ephesians now? I believe it is because the themes of Ephesians are timely and prophetic for God’s people and the world at this point in history. Prior to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (Cape Town 2010), Gideon Para-Mallam, former International Deputy Director of English and Portuguese Speaking Africa, challenged The Lausanne Movement saying,
“Ephesians celebrates the revelation of God’s wisdom through the new humanity to be manifested to the whole world by the witness of the Church….In this journey of seeking unity and reconciliation, is the global Church committed to promoting and modeling such relationships? …Social transformation will not be achieved unless we heed the message of Ephesians.”
Cape Town 2010 provided an arena for representatives of the church world-wide to gather in unity and humility, seeking God’s will for our common mission and listening to him speak through Ephesians. Studying Ephesians with the Global Church is intended to make some of that experience available to local churches. The guide provides training in inductive Bible study, a fold out manuscript of the book of Ephesians, all the background material and application questions used at Cape Town 2010, a DVD recording of the six Bible expositors, and a brief introduction to The Lausanne Movement. In the back of the guide, leaders are coached on how to make space for the Word, facilitate discussion, and help the group listen the Holy Spirit. It is an innovative resource that goes far beyond most small group Bible study guides.
Our hope is that God’s people throughout the world will gather in community around his Word and be led into the reconciliation and maturity the church desperately needs if we are to fulfill our calling as the “one new humanity” (Eph.2:15).