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Reflecting the Global Body of Christ

Four years ago, when I became the Chairman of the Lausanne Movement, we made the commitment that the leadership for Lausanne would reflect the demographic, theological, and cultural realities of the global church.  In order to accomplish this, it was

Report on Jeanie’s Surgery

Following are two messages from Tammy Wise, Doug's assistant and long-time friend of the Birdsall family, sent Friday afternoon, 30 May.   (#1, sent at 4:00 p.m. Eastern) Dear Friends:   Doug called from the hospital; the surgery got started

Jeanie Birdsall – Please Be Praying

Thank you for your encouraging notes and expressions of support and love for my wife Jeanie and me. This week Jeanie and I met with a cardiothoracic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He has determined that she must have heart

Prayer Update on Jeanie Birdsall

Thank you so much for your prayers on behalf of my wife, Jeanie. We are grateful for the many expressions of love that have been a source of strength and encouragement. Let me bring you up to date.  After a

An Exchange of Joy

Recently our Lausanne III: Cape Town 2010 Programme Committee Chairman, Ramez Atallah from Cairo, and our Program Director, Joshua Wathanga from Nairobi, convened a consultation in Oxford, England.  That same week our Lausanne International Director, Lindsay Brown, gathered together the

A Visit “Home” to Asia

Greetings from Boston.  Earlier this month I had the privilege of visiting church and ministry leaders in Asia.  This trip to Asia came just after a week of meetings in Oxford, UK in preparation for Lausanne III: Cape Town 2010.During

Connecting With Leaders Worldwide

Greetings! These days have been busy with travel and wonderful times of connecting with brothers and sisters from around the world. Last month, I was in Oxford for a very fruitful and enjoyable week of meetings in preparation for Lausanne

Update on the Movement

These are very exciting days for Lausanne. The Lausanne Theology Working Group has just completed its consultation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and recently the first meeting of the Resource Mobilization Working Group convened in Washington, DC.  Also, a meeting of

Gathering the Global Church

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Malaysia to meet with Bishop Hwa Yung and the Participant Selection Committee for Lausanne III, The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (Cape Town 2010).  The Congress will be held 16-25 October

Face to Face – the Lausanne Blog Begins

One of the most exciting trends in communications is immediacy.  Twenty-eight years ago when we began our missionary career in Tokyo, in order to communicate with you I would have dictated a letter to my assistant who would type it,

Stories of “God Arriving” in Thailand

From “almost killed” … to seeing hope in a new-born baby … to 48 Christians from places of conflict dancing to “If I Had a Hammer”… (what kind of  Forum on World Evangelization was this?) … We must not attach

Tuesday – 2004 Forum Daily Update

Daily updates were made throughout the 2004 Forum in Pattaya, Thailand. These updates were made available online as well as in print to the forum participants. They have been made available on the Lausanne website to convey the progression of thought and

Monday – 2004 Forum Daily Update

Daily updates were made throughout the 2004 Forum in Pattaya, Thailand. These updates were made available online as well as in print to the forum participants. They have been made available on the Lausanne website to convey the progression of thought and

Sunday – 2004 Forum Daily Update

Daily updates were made throughout the 2004 Forum in Pattaya, Thailand. These updates were made available online as well as in print to the forum participants. They have been made available on the Lausanne website to convey the progression of thought and

Saturday – 2004 Forum Daily Update

Daily updates were made throughout the 2004 Forum in Pattaya, Thailand. These updates were made available online as well as in print to the forum participants. They have been made available on the Lausanne website to convey the progression of thought and

Friday – 2004 Forum Daily Update

Daily updates were made throughout the 2004 Forum in Pattaya, Thailand. These updates were made available online as well as in print to the forum participants. They have been made available on the Lausanne website to convey the progression of thought and

Thursday – 2004 Forum Daily Update

Daily updates were made throughout the 2004 Forum in Pattaya, Thailand. These updates were made available online as well as in print to the forum participants. They have been made available on the Lausanne website to convey the progression of thought and

Wednesday – 2004 Forum Daily Update

Daily updates were made throughout the 2004 Forum in Pattaya, Thailand. These updates were made available online as well as in print to the forum participants. They have been made available on the Lausanne website to convey the progression of thought and