Greeting from Thomas Wang
The church will work and serve in the world until Christ's return. A movement, in contrast, is raised up by God for a special purpose and for a special period of time. When the purpose is done or when the time is up, the movement should have the wisdom and the audacity to desist. The AD2000 Movement in its very first International Board meeting has made the commitment to dissolve at the end of the year 2000.
By God's grace, under the able leadership of Luis Bush together with the devoted efforts of all the staff at our International Office, and the selfless cooperation of regional and national colleagues worldwide, the Movement enjoyed acceptance and progress in over 100 countries of the world.
It grieves deeply the heart of all of us that after four years of intensive preparation, the Movement's final cross-millennium event Celebrate Messiah 2000, has to be cancelled due to political and circumstantial condition in Israel. While we are experiencing the saddest moment in the Movement's history as expressed by Luis in his latest Email, we nevertheless know that God's way is the best way. We bow in obedience to His permissive will.
From the very beginning it has been our conviction that the organization of AD2000 Movement should die soon. But the spirit, vision and commitment, namely world evangelization, should continue to live and grow among national churches of the world. `Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.'
We solicit your prayer for the encouragement and guidance of the Spirit to all the staff and volunteers around the world. It has been an honor and privilege to serve you in the past years.
Yours for world evangelization,
International Coordinator, AD2000 & Beyond Movement
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