Dear AD2-Announce Reader:
Greetings and blessings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus! He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow which gives great expectations for the future, as we reflect herein with great thanksgiving on His blessings onto the AD2000 & Beyond Movement over these past 12 years. Praises be to God!
In keeping with our 1989 By-laws and clear commitment, the AD2000 International Office in Colorado Springs will close on 31 March 2001. Thus, the AD2000 & Beyond Movement will formally close on that day although we pray the vision of a church for every people and the gospel for every person will love on in the hearts, minds and spirits of countless churches, ministries and God s people around the world even growing until He comes! (Matt. 24:14)
Our individual reflections on these past years are as follows:
THE FINAL ROUND
God has put you and I into this crucial hour before the return of His Son Jesus Christ with a definite purpose the fulfillment of His Great Commission.
Under God s loving mercy the AD2000 Movement was conceived and born during the preparation of the second Lausanne Congress in 1989. In a short span of one single decade the Movement has received acceptance and cooperation from Christ s global body and has been operating in over 100 countries of the world. Through its initiation, names like 10/40 Window, Joshua Project, Gateway Cities have become household terms among churches and mission agencies today. The AD2000 Movement has been ministering as a bugle-call to today s churches to take the Great Commission seriously and to fulfill the long-delayed task.
God in history has raised up various movements as His instrument for various purposes. When the purpose is fulfilled the instrument must have the wisdom and the courage to die. And so is the AD2000 Movement. During its very first International Board meeting, decision was made that the Movement as an organization will be dissolved at the end of the year 2000. But the spirit, vision and commitment of the Movement will hopefully continue to live, grow and be accomplished through churches and mission agencies worldwide.
With the consent of both the International and US Boards, it was decided that a simple ceremony will be held on April 20, 2001 in Los Angeles (where the first formative meeting of the Movement was held back in 1989) to mark the formal closure of the organization of the AD2000 Movement. May God continue to bless the final round on world evangelization through His own way and in His own time.
Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:24
I rejoice with my two dear brothers to be part of this final and farewell message of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. Much has been said and reported upon over the brief tenure of this Movement, with great praises and thanks to God for His manifold blessings both seen and unseen! Seeking to be brief, my praises and thanks are three-fold:
Praises be to God! May it all continue even increase, as God so leads and provides!
Although the AD2000 & Beyond Movement has been brought to closure officially, the spirit of the Movement will live on as people across the globe continue to cooperate and work toward mutual goals. We have learned over these past years that we can accomplish a great deal more by working together rather than independently. The Movement has effectively handed-off the concept of partnerships around strategic tasks by way of the Networks and Task Force concepts.
I have noted, for instance, that this HiServices has proceeded from the Joshua Project 2000 to the Joshua Project II that will include even more unreached people groups than ever before. This is moving strategically according to the Movement s credo, A Church for Every People and The Gospel for Every Person .
Also, our former sister organizations continue to expand their global vision as the Lausanne Movement and World Evangelical Fellowship forge ahead in seeking to provide ways to reach our world for Christ. It is heartening that the Great Commission Roundtable is also standing by to assist evangelicals in the task of world evangelization.
I am personally pleased that the leadership of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement has been true to its original by-laws that stressed closure of the organization at the close of over a decade of intense ministry. Extremely significant gains were made in reaching the lost for Christ around the world during the last decade of the Twentieth Century. I believe that Christian history will verify that the AD2000 & Beyond Movement was guided by the Holy Spirit in seeking to carry out Christ s Great Commission worldwide to the Glory of God. May God bless each of you who participated in the Movement. It has been an immense privilege to labor alongside of you these past years.
May the good Lord bless and keep you, individually and together, as the days proceed into the 21st Century / 3rd Millennium! Please know of our deepest thanks and appreciation for the many prayers, gifts and support given to the AD2000 Movement throughout its brief, yet blessed years. Thank you!
That ALL may come to hear soon!
|Thomas Wang||Luis Bush||John Kyle|
AD2000 International Board
AD2000 & Beyond Movement
AD2000 US Board
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