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Thanks for GCOWE 97

Ed Pousson, Singapore

Thanks for GCOWE 97.

I just wanted to share a few thoughts. This represents impressions and things I heard others saying as well, not only from the mission executives consultation, but from GCOWE 97 in general.

For me, this consultation has clearly sounded and confirmed the fact that there is a fast growing global missions awareness and consciousness focused on the unreached peoples of the 10/40 window. There is general agreement on the Joshua Project 2000 list as representing those unreached people groups in greatest need of church planting teams and holistic ministries today. There is agreement on the goal of a church for every people and the gospel for every person AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

The thing that stood our the highest and the strongest was the unplanned spontaneous acts of repentance and reconciliation among various members and segments of the body of Christ represented in the consultation, especially among the missions executives. The Holy Spirit seemed absolutely determined to draw his people into humility, integrity, and brokenness, apparently laying the foundation the John 17 kind of unity, which, when achieved, will result in the completion of world evangelization.

It seems that for the first time in history there is an emerging, worldwide missions community that shares the above convictions and end goal. This force is unstoppable. The only obstacle is internal division, which, though not on the agenda, was definitely and strongly dealt with by the Holy Spirit in this consultation. Surely, this is a new thing that God is doing in our history, and we are privileged to be a part of it. I leave GCOWE 97 with the conviction all of us must make sure that we are doing all that is in our power to keep pace with the rushing Spirit of God and His intensifying, accelerating missionary activity among and on behalf of the unreached peoples of the 10/40 Window.

Greetings & Grace,
Ed

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