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In September, leaders of 20 missions agencies and interdenominational groups met for the first time to discuss how they can work together to accelerate world evangelization.

As a first step, they called on Christians worldwide to join in 24 hours of prayer and fasting just before Pentecost Sunday each year as a “focused intercession for global evangelization” between now and the year 2000. Pentecost Sunday will next be celebrated on May 22, 1988.

The missions leaders also made tentative plans for a consultation early next year. The meeting would give experts a chance to discuss available research information about unevangelized people. They would also consider setting up a data base that all groups could share.

R. Keith Parks, president of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, called the September meeting after hearing missions leaders ask if there were ways they could “work together and strengthen our witness to the whole world.” Participants represented groups with about 20,000 overseas missions personnel and a total budget of more than $510 million.

Among the organizations represented were the Assemblies of God, Church of the Nazarene, SIM International, World Literature Crusade, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Far East Broadcasting, Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society, Church of God in Christ, United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), World Vision, General Conference Mennonite Church, Trans World Radio, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth With a Mission, and the Navigators.


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