Student Movements Grow

Representatives from more than 100 nations gathered at the World Assembly of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), held last month in Wheaton, Illinois. Reports from student movements around the world were featured during the week-long conference. Among the highlights: Christian students at the University of San Marcos in Cochabamba, Bolivia, once a hotbed of radical Marxism, sponsored several weeks of training and evangelistic outreach, backed by months of prayer. As a result, more than 700 people indicated decisions to accept Jesus as Savior, an unprecedented response for Latin American IFES movements.

At the assembly, a former staff worker from Vietnam joined his colleagues for the first time in almost 16 years. Choosing to remain and minister when Saigon fell in 1975, he was later held five and one-half years in prison, until his release and deportation in January 1990.

Leadership of the 45-year-old fellowship changed hands for only the third time in its history. After 20 years as general secretary, Chua We Hian of Singapore turned over responsibilities to Lindsay Brown of Wales.

Reflecting the global political changes that have occurred since its last quadrennial meeting, IFES welcomed eight new student groups as members, representing Poland, Hungary, Nepal, Angola, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and French-speaking Canada.

Charismatics On Evangelism

Catholic and Protestant charismatics came together last month in Brighton, England, drawn past their denominational differences by the goal of seeing half the world’s population confess Christ as Savior by the year 2000. Approximately 3,000 delegates attended the International Charismatic Consultation on World Evangelisation, ...

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