Joshua Project 2000
Second Leaders' Meeting in Singapore

by Rev. Dr. Ed Pousson, Singapore

On February 26, 1996, Luis Bush, international director of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, first introduced Joshua Project 2000 to some 150 key leaders, including heads of major denominations and missions agencies in Singapore. Lest than a month later, on March 21, Archbishop Moses Tay, national coordinator of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement in Singapore, along with the Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM), called for a full day follow-up meeting of a smaller group of senior leaders of major denominations, churches, and missions agencies. Eighteen key leaders spent the whole day drawing up suggestions and action plans for a Joshua Project 2000 missions mobilization process in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The group considered proposals and reached agreements on several points:

  1. Prioritize missions to the least evangelized peoples in Asia, especially in 10/40 Window countries where Singapore already has missions commitments and partnerships.
  2. Introduce and implement Joshua Project 2000 as a frontier missions mobilization process in as many churches, mission agencies, and networks as are willing to adopt this vision and its goal of "a church for every people and the gospel for every person by AD2000.
  3. Accelerate adoptions of least evangelized peoples in Southeast Asia and beyond.
  4. Train and send teams to do on-site prayer and research in least evangelized peoples.
  5. Mobilize intercession through the United Prayer Track in Singapore (using Joshua Project 2000 prayer profiles), encouraging each church to adopt at least one people group for prayer.
  6. Organize a Joshua Project 2000 Missionfest in 1997 to challenge and mobilize the Christian youth and students of this nation to participate in frontier missions to unreached peoples.
  7. Host a Joshua Project 2000 Southeast Asia Consultation, March 3-6, 1997, with Luis Bush as the keynote speaker. Seen as both an on-going process and a catalytic mobilization event for the region, this consultation espouses the following objectives:
    1. To identify the least evangelized peoples in our region and beyond which are most desperately needing a pioneer church planting movement.
    2. To jointly and cooperatively adopt these least evangelized peoples throughout the region and beyond.
    3. To form new strategic partnerships and to redefine existing international partnerships among ministries throughout the region and beyond, turning these partnerships into practical, strategic alliances which, as part of the consultation process, cooperatively set goals and plan strategies for catalyzing an indigenous church planting movement in each group by the year 2000.

Revelation 5:9 says there will be persons in heaven ransomed from every tribe, language, people, and nation. The launch of Joshua Project 2000 signals a worldwide Holy Spirit initiative to mobilize the body of Christ to cross over into the final frontier of unreached peoples. The Spirit is calling the body of Christ in Singapore and Southeast Asia to cooperate with the global Church to "enter the land" and establish "a church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000?"