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GCOWE 97 Mission Executives Track

Wednesday, July 2, 1997
by Marjorie Froise

George Verwer shares his vision

Words cannot impart the passion with which George Verwer expresses his burden for the great blocks of people who have not been reached.

He feels very strongly that we have a long way to go before the task will be completed - we are only just beginning along this road. Only recently have we begun to get to know each other and we need to learn how to work together - the Joshua Project is merely a starting point. God is calling us into a marriage - this means dealing with problems on a daily basis. Problems such as the need for forgiveness and reconciliation - when you can forgive no more, you forgive again.

Verwer offered some warnings that every person attending GCOWE needs to hear - not just the mission executives:

There is a need for integrity. Phil 2:3 says, "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself." This means cutting out the desire for cheap boasting. In some of our materials we have exaggerated. This we have done to raise funds for our mission or project. May God forgive us. If all the decisions recorded by Christian ministries around the world were put together, it would show that all the world had already been saved.

How do we shape up against the verses that tell us to regard others as more important than ourselves? These things are not just for Bible studies - are you living out what you teach?

Sometimes we are weaker in handling criticism than non-Christians - we need to be sure that no root of bitterness takes root. We need to accept that God is going to do a glorious range of diverse things in this time.

It needs missions and para-church agencies working in partnership with the local church. It will take old missions such as OMF, large missions like Southern Baptists as well as newer smaller missions to complete the task.

God doesn't just give us a vision - he says go ahead and do it. Let's not be naive - it's going to be rough - it's going to be tough. The emerging post-modern society is going to impact the church.

The task will not be finished by the year 2000 unless we have a massive financial breakthrough and sacrificial going. We are attempting the impossible. Let's come together and set aside our differences.

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