The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. —Psalm 97:1
Our remarkable region stretches from Perth to the Pitcairn Islands, including Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, and bridges both the equator and the International Date Line, so that the world begins and ends each day among our many coastlands. It is my privilege to represent the Lausanne Movement to the region, and to represent the region to the Lausanne Movement.
Brothers and sisters in Christ from the South Pacific, I want to invite you to join a conversation, one that I hope will contribute to the progress of the gospel in our region and beyond.
I first heard about the Lausanne Movement as a young Christian reading about mission. I was attracted by the expansive concern of the movement—the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world. In recent years, through personal involvement with the Lausanne Movement, I have come to appreciate its value as a representative and trusted evangelical movement of the global church and for the global church. Today the Lausanne Movement seeks to bring evangelical leaders together out of a shared longing and commitment to see:
- the gospel for every person
- an evangelical church for every people
- Christ-like leaders for every church
- kingdom impact in every sphere of society
It is said that the fruit of Lausanne grows best on someone else’s tree. It is a movement that longs for the fruitfulness of those who join the conversation. I pray that, in the South Pacific, the Lausanne Movement may serve as a catalyst for relationships and partnerships that cross boundaries—geographical, national, cultural, and denominational—and bear fruit for the sake of the gospel. Will you pray with me to that end?
Since 1974, the Lausanne Movement has sought to connect influencers and ideas for global mission. The Lausanne Movement brings serious Christian thinking to bear on serious issues in Christian mission through its consultations and publications. What are the pressing issues in mission for the South Pacific? In our region, who are the godly leaders whose voices should be heard?
Billy Graham said that the spirit of Lausanne is a spirit of humility, friendship, study, prayer, partnership, and hope. That has been my experience, and I pray that it may be yours as we work together for the gospel.
Will you join the conversation?
God bless you.
International Deputy Director for the South Pacific