SE Asia Consultation - Day 1

Singapore, 2 March 1997
By Ed Pousson, Joshua Project 2000 Coordinator for SE Asia

This Sunday evening, March 2nd, some 400 participants from 19 nations gathered in Singapore for the opening night of the Southeast Asia Joshua Project 2000 Consultation. Luis Bush's visit to Singapore in February 1996 with key church and mission leaders helped catalyze the process. During the months that followed, a Joshua Project 2000 Task Force formed in Singapore, linking with AD2000 leaders in the Southeast Asia region, and laying plans for the consultation which convened tonight.

The consultation focuses on the mission context of the unreached peoples of the Joshua Project 2000 list that are found in Southeast Asia, China, India, and Central Asia. Delegates have come from all these regions, and some have come from Western nations, with intentions of focusing ministry efforts on the unreached peoples of Asia. Several people group workshops, organized by country or region, are designed to accelerate the adopt-a-people process and the development of networks and partnerships focused on jointly adopted people groups. The consultation also features equipping workshops on 10 topics reflecting breakthrough concepts and models for frontier missions to unreached people groups. Hands-on practitioners facilitate each of the workshops.

This first evening was charged with expectancy. Delegates arrived ahead of time to register. With a driving rain outside, the registration room was a continual buzz of loud and lively interaction. The same dynamism later spilled into the auditorium for the opening session. Anglican Archbishop Moses Tay opened the consultation with a focus on the "Joshua Process" of receiving our promised inheritance. Archbishop appropriately described this process in terms of "a crossing of no return (the Jordan), a circumcision of heart, and a surrender to our Commander."

Following a celebratory "parade of the nations," Luis Bush, international director of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, gave the opening plenary address. His challenging message focused on the river of life that flows from the throne of God for the healing of the peoples. Luis called to mind the Great Commission Manifesto of the Global Consultation on World Evangelization held in Singapore in January 1989, when the faith goal of "a church for every people and the gospel for every person" crystallized. This and other consultations, along with national initiatives in many nations, flow like tributaries into the river of life for all peoples. Luis concluded his message with an altar call during which many knelt and consecrated themselves to the costly process of "crossing the river" into the promised inheritance of the unreached peoples.

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