Singapore, 3 March 1997
By Ed Pousson, Joshua Project 2000 Coordinator for SE Asia
This morning, Dr. David Shibley, founding president of Global Advance, launched the second day of the Southeast Asia Joshua Project 2000 Consultation with challenging thoughts from Joshua. Taking over from Moses, Joshua had to break with the past. But in so doing, he never lost the passion for the promise that Moses carried through the wilderness for 40 years. While affirming the value of missiological research in our present and future missions context, Dr. Shibley cautioned the 400 delegates against reducing missions into an "objective science." While making the most of research, we must also capture and carry the same "subjective passion" from those who have gone before us, as did Joshua when he succeeded Moses.
Later in the morning, delegates gathered into people group workshops based on country or region of interest and involvement. Participants began to analyze the mission contexts of the unreached peoples in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, China, and Central Asia. In order to shift the thinking and planning from a country or regional focus to a people-group focus, the walls of each workshop are plastered with the names of the Joshua Project peoples found in the respective country or region. In a later session, participants will pull down from the wall the names of those people groups that are known to be engaged. The names of peoples that remain on the wall will then become the central concern for group interaction, analysis, and prayer.
In the afternoon, in 10 parallel workshops, experienced practitioners led the interaction on groundbreaking concepts and strategies for frontier missions. The topics are:
Each delegate has a choice of two workshops during the consultation.
A growing spirit of faith and expectancy marked this evening's plenary session. Luis Bush explained and proclaimed the vision of Joshua Project 2000 as a living, unfolding revelation of a global plan to complete the dream of a church for every people and the gospel for every person by AD2000. Tying in perfectly with David Shibley's morning devotion, Luis expounded the "spirit of Joshua" in terms of "a Servant, a Soldier, a Surveyor, and a Successor." As Joshua "spied out the land," surveying the unreached peoples today is a vital and significant part of Joshua Project 2000. Two key national leaders, one from India and one from Indonesia, gave powerful testimonies as to how research processes in their own nations have borne precious fruit in the form of unity, networking, cooperation, and pioneer church planting among unreached peoples. At the conclusion of the message, many came to the altars and humbly prostrated themselves, as Joshua did, seeking the Lord's heart and plan for our promised inheritance, the healing of the peoples of the earth.
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