To Russia, By Ad2000

Delegates to the historic Nations for Christ Congress held in late May expressed enthusiasm for the growing efforts to evangelize the former Soviet Union. The gathering in Riga, Latvia, was spearheaded by leaders of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, a three-year-old effort to evangelize the world by the end of the century. The movement is led by Third World Christians and represents about 5 million evangelicals.

Almost 1,000 delegates from the 15 republics of the former Soviet Union and the Baltic States were joined by more than 200 church and mission leaders from other parts of the world at the congress.

The group drafted the Riga Declaration, which sets a goal for the year 2000 of planting evangelical churches in each of the 160 ethnic groups of the former Soviet Union; in each village and town; in each district of large cities; and, ultimately, providing a church for every 1,000 people. The group also committed itself to be involved with charitable work. At the meeting’s end, top church leaders from around the world accompanied local leaders to their homes throughout the commonwealth to help plan “saturation evangelism.”

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Elected: Paul Cedar, as chairman of the board of the Lausanne Committee in the United States, succeeding Leighton Ford, who led the board for 17 years and resigned to work more closely with Leighton Ford Ministries. Cedar is president of the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Died: Carlton Booth, on May 20, at age 88. Booth for 35 years was the secretary-treasurer of World Vision. He served as professor of evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary from 1955 to 1970 and once led crusade singing for Billy Sunday and Billy Graham.

Liu Qing Wun, widow of ...

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