A new generation learns the lessons of a lifetime in Amsterdam.

There are those who see, in the power of the gospel, boundless vision. Southern Baptists have set out to preach salvation to every last unhearing soul by the century’s end. A Pentecostal pastor in Seoul, South Korea, Paul Cho, is confident his church will have a half-million members by next year. It already has 350,000.

Billy Graham, as he has grown older, has wished to pass along to the next generation of evangelists all that he and his team have learned about gospel crusading. So Graham, enlisting superb tactical help, called together from the cities and the back bush regions of the world as many young evangelists as they could handle, and sat them down in the Netherlands for 10 days of instruction and inspiration.

The International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, or more simply Amsterdam ’83, accomplished its purpose. The organizers gathered nearly 4,000 participants from 133 countries, 95 percent of whom do what Graham does—that is, preach the gospel from place to place. About half of them have never had any formal training for the work, and very few had ever been to an international conference before. About 70 percent were from the Third World.

The advice from the speakers, who were drawn from diverse countries and church traditions, was ladled out in two main sessions each day and in a myriad of workshops. The instruction was practical and basic. “You’re not going to hear a lot of heavy theological addresses.” declared Graham in his opening words to the assembly.

Evangelist Luis Palau underscored that during his message on the evangelist’s personal life. “More of my fellow evangelists have wrecked their lives because of sexual temptation than for any ...

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