Nearly fifteen years ago, a small group of evangelicals gathered in Montreux, Switzerland, for a few days of prayer, fellowship, and discussion. Among those present were Festo Kivengere, Clyde Taylor, John Stott, Stephen Olford, Bob Evans, Bob Pierce, Carl Henry, and I. During those days a few of us had a dream. The dream was that we could somehow be used of God to bring together the terribly divided evangelical forces of the world to finish the task of world evangelization.

Then came the vision and the burden for the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism, held in Berlin, which was followed by major regional congresses in Singapore, Minneapolis, Bogota, and Amsterdam, and by dozens of national congresses throughout the world.

In December, 1969, a group of us met in Washington to discuss the possibilities of another world congress. After a great deal of prayer and thought, we decided it was premature.

Then in March, 1972, a small group of us gathered at Vero Beach, Florida. We seemed to have a clear direction from the Holy Spirit that we should undertake the responsibility of what came to be known as the International Congress on World Evangelization. That congress, held in Lausanne, Switzerland, is now history. We give God all the glory, praise, and honor for the great things he did. Nearly all the response to Lausanne has been positive.

Don Hoke told the Planning Committee in Honolulu that at least three major things had been accomplished at Lausanne:

First, Lausanne ’74 gave a new look at world need.

Second, Lausanne ’74 gave a new look at world opportunity. It showed factually that “new winds of spiritual awakening and evangelistic events are blowing in many parts of the world.”

Third, Lausanne ’74 gave a new look at Christian responsibility. ...

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