In this issue….
- WILL LAST WEEK’S ISSUE BECOME A COLLECTOR’S ITEM?
- JUICY REPORT FROM AD2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES NETWORK
- ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE AD2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES NETWORK
- ROBB & JOHNSTONE: “LESSONS LEARNED”
- JOHNSTONE & ROBB: “RECOMMENDATIONS” FOR NEXT TIME
- FLASHBACK TO GCOWE ’95
- DOUG’S SUMMARY OF GCOWE ’95
- THE PART WE LEFT OUT
- WAS AD2000 WORTH THE EFFORT?
- WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WEBSITE?
- NEED TO EXCHANGE MONEY? TRY PAYPAL
- CLOSING STUFF
WILL LAST WEEK’S ISSUE BECOME A COLLECTOR’S ITEM?
JUICY REPORT FROM AD2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES NETWORK
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE AD2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES NETWORK
- Hundreds of new networks focused on specific people groups
- Many of those people groups were adopted by Western churches
- New videos like “The Challenge of the Unfinished Task” were produced and distributed
- The Joshua Project 2000 list was created and distributed
- “The profile of URPs immeasurably raised to be the touch-stone of the unfinished task – what a change to 25 years ago.”
- A “large increase in national and regional research into the least reached in many, but sadly not all, countries.”
ROBB & JOHNSTONE: “LESSONS LEARNED”
- Difficulty finding the right leadership
- Difficulty coordinating across “tracks”
- “Brilliant and exhilarating leadership by the international office for the first 6-7 years of the movement, including encouraging annual progress meetings, gave way to a more uncertain (perhaps exhausted) stance as the year 2000 deadline neared and its commitment to go out of business loomed.”
- “On the research side, we had to go for a selected list to compile the JPL [Joshua Project List] which brought us into significant problems”
- Simplistic definitions of peoples and artificial divisions of the world into the 10/40 Window and non-10/40 Window countries led to over- response and seeming exclusion of vital countries
- “The Adopt-a-People program has not really taken off to the extent we hoped. Were we too optimistic about the enthusiasm we would find?”
- “The 10,000 population and 5% / 2% Christian / Evangelical helped us to make the JPL viable and was right for the resources and info then available, but it did create too much argument and dismay!”
JOHNSTONE & ROBB: “RECOMMENDATIONS” FOR NEXT TIME
- Next time go with a more “complete list of peoples”
- Focus on the holistic mission rather than only church planting
- “The last 20 years has been a race to find the URPs and start ministry among them. The next 20 years will change the task from quantifying the task, to quality of ministry in the task.”
- Any future movement should be closely tied with Lausanne, WEF and the new Great Commission Roundtable, not an independent, autonomous effort which duplicates efforts and damages relationships among leaders as happened with the birth of the AD2000 Movement.”
I think it’s commendable that Brothers Johnstone and Robb were able to be so . . . frank. Perhaps it’s even more commendable that the report has been released directly by the AD2000 International Office — a tribute to the office’s willingness to subject itself to objective assessment. See the flashback below.
FLASHBACK TO GCOWE ’95
I took a walk back memory lane and glanced at an item I wrote in the “26 of May, 1995” issue of Brigada Today. It was titled, “GCOWE 95 NOW HISTORY.” The item went like this: “They came together from all over the world — 186 nations to be exact. It was called the Global Consultation on World Evangelization — and global is right! Our count revealed 3293 delegates plus a total of 827 guests, intercessors, staff and volunteers resulted in 4120 individuals gathered for one and only one purpose — to glorify God and hasten the evangelization of the world in which we live. May 17-25 won’t be soon forgotten, whether in Korea or in parts far flung. What themes will be remembered???
DOUG’S SUMMARY OF GCOWE ’95
- Reconciliation — Japanese with Koreans, Arabs with Jews, Russian Orthodox with evangelicals, denominations with other denominations.
- 10/40 Window — From the sermons and presentations to the planning and even the singing… we won’t forget the imaginary rectangle stretching from ten to forty degrees North of the equator, from West Africa to East Asia, where the greatest concentration of unevangelized people reside.
- Int’l participation — Not only were two-thirds of the participants from Africa, Latin America and Asia, but the majority of the consultation’s funding came from those nations as well. Western missionaries took notes as African, Asian and Latin American leaders presented their successful methodology. They had become full partners in the task.
- Prayer — At the great evangelical consultations (Lausanne I, Lausanne II in Manila, etc.), prayer has always been an ingredient. But some — even the “old-timers” — said they couldn’t remember a time when prayer permeated every component so thoroughly. Who can forget the Cities Track closing, where Viv Grigg organized separate, targeted prayer for each region being reported on? Who will ever forget the Concert of Prayer during the plenary? Prayer in the hallways, prayer in the national meetings, prayer here, prayer there…… prayer as a major weapon or tool in our confrontation with the enemy. It was clear that prayer had finally “arrived” — and was seen as a superior “weapon” in the international worker’s tool box, along with less powerful tactical strategies or scientific church growth approaches.
- Networking — Some said that the most valuable times came not during a main plenary session, or even the tracks, but rather in the hallways, over the dining tables, and on the buses, where international workers from around the world met up with mutually helpful contributors from continents around the globe.
- Promise — From all the media accounts and reports from the International Office, you’d think this would be the consultation to end all consultations! Well it just might be! As strategies are completed and partnerships gel, God just might raise up international forces that would reach parts of our world that have never been reached before.”
THE PART WE LEFT OUT
WAS AD2000 WORTH THE EFFORT?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WEBSITE?
NEED TO EXCHANGE MONEY? TRY PAYPAL
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