GCOWE '95 Wrapup

May 26, 1995
[Below, see the note by Leonard Tuggy!]

GCOWE 95 NOW HISTORY -- They came together from all over the world -- 186 nations to be exact. It was called the Global Consultation on World Evangelization -- and global is right! Our count revealed 3293 delegates plus a total of 827 guests, intercessors, staff and volunteers resulted in 4120 individuals gathered for one and only one purpose -- to glorify God and hasten the evangelization of the world in which we live. May 17-25 won't be soon forgotten, whether in Korea or in parts far flung. What themes will be remembered??? Among them will be ...

  1. Reconciliation -- Japanese with Koreans, Arabs with Jews, Russian Orthodox with evangelicals, denominations with other denominations.
  2. 10/40 Window -- From the sermons and presentations to the planning and even the singing... we won't forget the imaginary rectangle stretching from ten to forty degrees North of the equator, from West Africa to East Asia, where the greatest concentration of unevangelized people reside.
  3. Int'l participation -- Not only were two-thirds of the participants from Africa, Latin America and Asia, but the majority of the consultation's funding came from those nations as well. Western missionaries took notes as African, Asian and Latin American leaders presented their successful methodology. They had become full partners in the task.
  4. Prayer -- At the great evangelical consultations (Lausanne I, Lausanne II in Manila, etc.), prayer has always been an ingredient. But some -- even the "old-timers" -- said they couldn't remember a time when prayer permeated every component so thoroughly. Who can forget the Cities Track closing, where Viv Grigg organized separate, targeted prayer for each region being reported on? Who will ever forget the Concert of Prayer during the plenary? Prayer in the hallways, prayer in the national meetings, prayer here, prayer there...... prayer as a major weapon or tool in our confrontation with the enemy. It was clear that prayer had finally "arrived" -- and was seen as a superior "weapon" in the international worker's tool box, along with less powerful tactical strategies or scientific church growth approaches.
  5. Networking -- Some said that the most valuable times came not during a main plenary session, or even the tracks, but rather in the hallways, over the dining tables, and on the buses, where international workers from around the world met up with mutually helpful contributors from continents around the globe.
  6. Promise -- From all the media accounts and reports from the International Office, you'd think this would be the consultation to end all consultations! Well it just might be! As strategies are completed and partnerships gel, God just might raise up international forces that would reach parts of our world that have never been reached before. For another related perspective, check out this letter from missions author and statesman, Leonard Tuggy, sent to Brigada during GCOWE 95:

May Dr. Tuggy's dream come true!!!

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Thank you for allowing us to share these last few days together, via this email channel. We pray that as the next few months and years become reality, we'll be able to see God's hand at work through the enlivening of the plans, goals, and dreams set at GCOWE 95 and other similar meetings. But apart from all that, we pray that God will be glorified and that His name will be exalted. Because in the end, =that= is the chief aim in life.

God bless!
Doug Lucas

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Doug Lucas
at GCOWE '95 in Seoul

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