Three and a half years after the Lausanne Congress the full forty-nine member committee met for the third time at Willowbank, Bermuda, last January. Under Leighton Ford’s efficient, relaxed and kindly chairmanship we were able to deepen our international fellowship and to transact a great deal of business.
Much of the work of the Lausanne Committee is now being undertaken in the regions and by four working groups. The Strategy Working Group (chairman: Peter Wagner) cooperates closely with MARC (director: Edward Dayton). These two men made an impressive presentation to the committee entitled To Reach the Unreached. Stating that the world now consists of 4.1 billion people (divided into 221 nations) of whom 1 billion name Jesus as Lord, another billion may have heard of him, but 2 billion have never heard his name, they urged that the way to reach such a world is neither one country at a time, nor even primarily one person at a time, but “one people at a time.” Their working definition of an unreached people is a sociological grouping who perceive that they have some affinity with one another—ethnic, linguistic, religious—but are less than 20 per cent practicing Christian. They emphasized the need to identify and describe these peoples accurately, to discover their needs and the degree of their receptivity or resistance to the Gospel, and to seek to meet their needs and communicate the good news to them.
The Intercession Working Group (chairman: Armin Hoppler) is producing an excellent prayer calendar and promoting an annual Day of Prayer for World Evangelization each Pentecost Sunday. The Communications Working Group (chairman: Thomas Zimmerman) is responsible through Stan Izon, our communications director, for the production ...
John R. W. Stott (1921 – 2011) is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, author, and theologian. For 66 years he served All Souls Church, Langham Place, in London, England, where he pioneered effective urban evangelistic and pastoral ministry. During these years he authored more than 50 books, and served as one of the original Contributing Editors for Christianity Today. Stott had a global vision and built strong relationships with church leaders outside the West in the Majority World. A hallmark of Stott's ministry was his vision for expository biblical preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. In 1969 he founded a trust that eventually became Langham Partnership International (www.langham.org), a ministry that continues his vision of partnership with the Majority World Church. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."1
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