Global Consultation on World Evangelization
June 30 - July 5, 1997
Pretoria, South Africa
This report came out of meetings held recently in South Africa and attended by the 35 GCOWE 97 consultation coordinators from 7 countries. The registration process remains open with registrations in from 71 countries and rising toward the goal of over 100 countries.
International Co-Coordinator: Mr. George Verwer, USA Ministry and Position: Operation Mobilisation, International Coordinator. Accolades: Founder of Operation Mobilisation and OM Ship Ministry. Author of five books, including "No Turning Back." Birthing the Acts 13 Breakthrough Vision.
International Co-Coordinator: Dr. Avery Willis, USA Ministry and Position: Foreign Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, Senior Vice President for Office of Overseas Operations. Accolades: Oversees 4,735 missionaries in 135 countries.
South African Co-Coordinator: Mr. Francois Vosloo, Southern Africa Director for Operation Mobilisation.
South African Co-Coordinator: Pastor Samuel Ndala, Apostolic Faith Mission Pastor and Missions Coordinator in Mozambique.
Other Consultation Planner: Dr. Bill Bullington
Desired Outcome of Consultation: Greater unity and love among all mission agencies. Greater partnership. Expanded vision, new divinely creative initiatives in reaching the unreached. For the mission executives to join hands and to network and to focus on the least reached. To see God guiding us, giving us as a church a direction, strategy of fulfilling the process of world evangelization in the next coming 5-10 years.
Example of Key Persons Attending: Dr. John Bender-Samuel, president of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Jerry Rankin, president of the Foreign Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention. Greg Livingstone, International Director, Frontiers. V., executive secretary, Serving People in Need, India. Michael Little, President, christian Broadcasting Network, Paul McKaughan, EFMA. Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World/WEC.
World Evangelization Progress: An unreached peoples survey was included with the registration forms for the Mission Executives consultation. So far, 310 surveys have been returned representing ministries in 58 countries and containing over 10,000 pieces of information. The results of this survey will be made available to all mission agencies represented at GCOWE 97. This information will help agencies know what each other are doing in order to avoid duplicating one anothers efforts in planting churches among the remaining cultures that still have no church.
Criterion for Selecting Delegates: (1) Mission agency executives (actually sending a "significant" number of missionaries). (2) Mission agency field leaders/executives. (3) Mission director of a church that sends missionaries to other countries (some of these have characteristics of "denominations").
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