On this milestone in the life of The Lausanne Movement, we’ve prepared a special collection of materials to provide a unique glimpse into its beginnings as well as highlights from the past 40 years.
Ten days ago we concluded our international leadership meeting, a European leaders meeting, and 40th anniversary celebration near Lausanne, Switzerland, where the first International Congress on World Evangelization was held in 1974.
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.”