Lausanne Connecting Point – August 2003

In This Issue:

  • Lausanne 2004 Forum Application Deadline Extended to August 31
  • North Korea Prayer Event Draws Hundreds of People  
  • Albania Church Grows by More than 3,000
  • First Children’s Bible for Northern Iraq’s Kurds
  • Poor Countries and the Internet
  • Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Dies
  • Prayer Requests

2004 Forum Application Deadline Extended

The application process for involvement in the Lausanne 2004 Forum for World Evangelization in Thailand has been extended until August 31st, 2003.  Dr. David Claydon, International Director for LCWE, says after adding a number of new topics to the list of Issue Groups for the Forum, leaders extended the deadline to allow others who might be interested in those Issues Groups to apply for involvement. 

Dr. Claydon says they’ve also developed several Special Interest Topics within a number of Issue Groups to enable additional topics to be pursued. 

In order to participate in one of these Special Interest Topics, participants should apply to be involved in the Issue Group in which the topic is to be discussed and then indicate their interest in the topic later to the Convenor.  (The name of the individual Issue Group is listed in parentheses behind the Special Interest Topic.)

Some of these special interest topics are:

  • Whether, when and how there should be resistance to persecution and rebel activity against Christians (The Persecuted Church – Issue Group 3).
  • HIV/AIDS (Holistic Mission – Issue Group 4).
  • Rural poverty and the consequences of national disasters (Holistic Mission – Issue Group 4).
  • Applying the gospel to refugees, prostitutes and victims of crime (At Risk People – Issue Group 5).
  • Children at risk: street and abandoned children and children forced into rebel armies (At Risk People – Issue Group 5).
  • Reaching slum dwellers (Hidden and Forgotten People – Issue Group 6).
  • Ministering to disabled people (Hidden and Forgotten People – Issue 6).
  • Those who have never heard the name of Jesus (Hidden and Forgotten People – Issue Group 6).
  • Child-led families in Africa (Non-traditional Families – Issue Group 7).
  • Tentmakers (The Local Church and the Great Commission – Issue group 10).
  • Being a missional church (The Local Church and the Great Commission – Issue Group 10).
  • Reaching people caught up in New Age and astrology (Religious and non-Religious Spirituality – Issue Group 16).
  • Music evangelism (Redeeming the Arts – Issue Group 17).
  • Countering the damaging effects of tele-evangelism (Media and Technology – Issue Group 19).
  • Terrorism and its impact on global mission (Religious Nationalism – Issue Group 21).
  • Reaching international students in your midst (Reaching and Mobilizing the Diaspora – Issue Group 26).
  • Bringing a mission dimension to theological education (Effective Education for Evangelization – Issue Group 28).
  • Starting a business to employ local converts (Business as Mission – Issue Group 30).

The 2004 Forum for World Evangelization will be only the fourth time in the past thirty years that the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization has called such a comprehensive global gathering.   Leaders also say that never before has such a meeting sought to develop such specific action plans to combat the challenges facing the Church.

More information about the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization is available online. 

North Korea Prayer Event Draws Hundreds of People

According to ASSIST News Service a prayer event held June 28 in London drew hundreds of people to pray for the oppressed people of North Korea.

Some 300 people attended the event at Westminster Chapel, London, England and were encouraged to pray in an opening address by Joel Edwards, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance UK.

Full story: http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s03060125.htm

Albania Church Grows by More Than 3,000

Nine evangelists in Luis Palau's Next Generation Alliance(R) (NGA) recently returned from a 10-day, 11-city mission of nearly 100 events in Albania; an effort the General Director of the Albanian Evangelical Alliance (VUSH) is calling the "biggest in Albania," one that "stimulated us to take responsibility and [has] given us confidence that we can carry on with creative evangelism in the future."

" Creative evangelism" is a necessary component in a country that, in 1967, became the world's first officially atheistic state.  When the ban on religion was lifted in 1991, Albania quickly became reverted to its Muslim past.  In Tirana, Albania's capital of 700,000, Christians account for only 5,000 of that number.  The Albanian Evangelical Alliance, an association of more than 100 churches, invited NGA to help them tell their country about Jesus Christ.  In June 2003, nine partner evangelists of the Luis Palau Association spoke at events throughout Albania.  More than 4,000 people made first-time commitments or rededications to Jesus Christ.

Full story: http://www.gospelcom.net/lpea/nga/go.shtml
Next Generation Alliance: www.nextgenerationalliance.org.

First Children's Bible for Northern Iraq's Kurds

By Stefan J. Bos, Special Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

The United Bible Society and the International Bible Society will distribute what they call "the first ever" Children's Bible in the Kurdish language in Northern Iraq despite concern over Muslim extremism in the region, ASSIST News Service (ANS) has learned.

Although fund-raising is still underway, both organizations expect 20,000 copies of the book "365 Stories" from the Bible to be delivered later this year, said United Bible Society official Nova Hagopian, an Iraqi “born again Christian.”

Full story: http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s03070082.htm

Poor Countries and the Internet

According to a recent report from the BBC, people in poor countries could soon have a new and cheap way to get hold of the wealth of information on the Internet: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3065063.stm

What impact this will have for evangelism on the Internet remains to be seen.  In September, the Internet Evangelism Coalition (www.webevangelism.org) will be meeting in Chicago, IL to discuss advances in evangelism online including expanding the focus on worldwide Internet evangelism.  Speakers include Dr. Steve Douglass (Campus Crusade for Christ) and Tony Whittaker (Web Evangelism Guide and Bulletin, SOON Ministries): http://www.gospelcom.net/bgc/iec/meetings.html

Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Dies

William R. “Bill” Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, the world’s largest Christian ministry, died July 19, 2003 from complications related to pulmonary fibrosis. He was 81. Fueled by his passion to present the love and claims of Jesus Christ to "every living person on earth," Dr. Bright spent more than five decades building and leading the Orlando, Florida-based Campus Crusade for Christ.   http://www.billbright.ccci.org

LCWE PRAYER REQUESTS

From Glenda Weldon, LCWE Intercession Working Group

The Apostle Paul declares in Colossians 1:13-23:

“ For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.  Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now He has reconciled you by Christ¹s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.  This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul have become a servant.”

Our prayer is that through 2004 Forum on World Evangelization, the Church around the world will receive a “New Vision, a New Heart and a Renewed Call” to the task of World Evangelization so that we will, like Paul, be able to say the Gospel “has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven!”

PRAISE GOD:

  • For His continued provision for the preparations of the 2004 Forum on World Evangelization.
  • For the inclusion of eight new Issue Groups for the 2004 Forum.
  • For the steady stream of participant applications for the 2004 Forum.
  • For Lisa Tucker's successful recovery from surgery. Lisa expresses her gratitude for your prayers and is confident that the speed of recovery and lack of complications are a direct result of your faithful intercession on her behalf.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the LCWE Administrative Committee as they come together for an important face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles August 14-16.  Significant decisions will be made at this meeting such as structure of the Forum program, post Forum publishing programme and a team to manage this process.
  • For invitations that are currently being sent to leaders throughout the world to invite them to be conveners, co-conveners, facilitators and theologians for the new Issue Groups. 
  • That God will draw people from all regions of the world to be involved in each of the Issue Groups so that there is the geographical, ministry expertise and age representation for successful strategy development.
  • For protection of the technology supporting the application process during the final weeks of the process.
  • For funding needed for the Forum, particularly for those who need financial assistance to attend.
  • For the Lord to stir the hearts of His people to prevailing prayer and generous giving so that every participant will be equipped spiritually and financially for their role in the Forum.  We are
  • Peter Brierley, Lausanne Senior Associate, Research asks for prayer as he completes 2 books: “Coming Up Trumps!  4 ways of Playing to Win through strategic thinking.”   Three-quarters of book is written but the last two chapters, one on strategic leadership, is the most difficult.  “Society and the Church” was meant to be finished by 31st July, but is not yet started!
  • Berit Helgoy Kloster asks for prayer: “One of our dedicated tentmakers leaders Ben Bester from South Africa, working in Thailand, has within a few months time lost two brothers in different car accidents in South Africa.  They leave behind wives and small children as well as parents. Please pray for all of them!”
  • Children at Risk – Viva Network: Please pray that the momentum of response created by the Worldwide Day of Prayer For Children At Risk would increase globally-both in terms of continued prayer and in action.
  • Pray for the Regional centres in Uganda, Africa; Costa Rica, Latin America; Malaysia, S.E. Asia and for the ICO here in Oxford-that as growth is happening and structures are put in place that they would be God-ordained and give space for His purposes and that our ways would be ordered by the Lord.
  • Pray for protection within the networks for unity and understanding, that the foundations of networking initiatives would be based on mutual love and respect enabling the plans and purposes of God to stand effectively.

 

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