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Global Consultation on World Evangelization

June 30 - July 5, 1997
Pretoria, South Africa

GCOWE '97 African Caring for the Poor and Needy Consultation

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 Coordinator: Brother Daniel, South Africa. Ministry and Position: Mahyeno Mission (in association with Evangelical Sisterhood of Basitea Schlink in Germany), Executive Elder. Rural and Urban Poor Network, International Coordinator. Working closely with Jackie Pullinger, Basitea Schlink, Viv Grigg, and other authors and workers with the poor. Numerous resources and papers on caring for the poor and needy.

Desired Outcome of Consultation: To further network practitioners (grass roots workers among the poor) and leaders of movements amongst the poor with the aim of mobilising and training and sharing resources to spread the gospel to all the poor in the slums, etc. of the world (about half the worlds population).

Example of Key Persons Attending: John Robb, USA, Program Director World Vision International. K., India - General Secretary Go Ye Missions. Martin Luther, India - President United Evangelical Ministry. Ralph Plumb, USA- President International Aid Inc. Michael and Adelle Babbage, Australia - partnering the Business Executives Consultation with caring for the poor and needy.

World Evangelization Progress: A new track of the AD2000 and Beyond Movement is emerging which will represent half the world's population. This will be our second consultation since GCOWE 95 in Korea. As with the first in Hong Kong with Jackie Pullinger, it will again be the first time for many of the workers amongst the poor to get together and tell their stories. These very people are not just front-line, grassroots incarnational workers (and leaders of workers) amongst the poor, but they are actually getting much of the work (spoken about) done in large parts of the world, e.g. Jenbe Teffera of Ethiopia, Jakis of Hong Kong, Mother Theresa and co-workers of India, etc.

Criterion for Selecting Delegates: (1) Must be practitioners working grassroots amongst the poor and needy, and/or (2) Leaders of movements amongst the poor, and (3) Must be prepared to submit a paper/story of their work in ministry with the poor.

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