FRIDAY, October 22, 2010
The Oral Story Bible: A Breakthrough Strategy to Help Make Scripture Available More Quickly
When we talk about our global community we give much of the credit for our access to the world wide web. Yet with all this technology, we are here in South Africa, unable to check email daily or upload photos and videos. In addition to the limitations we have to purchase time on the network every 24 hours and pray that we have access before the system jams. Those of you who know me well can only imagine . . . This may seem challenging however there are those who are still using dial up service and others who have no network at all. Most of us from the west will find it difficult to relate to no access via computer, cell, television, radio, video or film. Yes we have a global community but it has only reached half of the world. There are literally thousands of languages and people groups living with ZERO ACCESS to the Gospel. They are waiting for you and me to come to where they are located. We need to go fulfill the Great Commission TELL the STORY of the God News and make disciples.
The need for Orality has never been more pressing than now as we acknowledge the number of people groups who have not had access to the hope in Christ we profess. The Multiplex session I attended on Friday morning challenged us to know our Bible, live it and tell it well over and over again. The reasons are detailed in the following short paragraph on Orality taken from www.joshuaproject.net
About two-thirds of the world’s population are oral communicators. That is, they prefer or need a non-literate approach to learning. Oral cultures tend to preserve and transmit their culture through stories, proverbs, poems, songs, dance and such. Primary oral societies pass along everything that matters from one generation to another without putting anything into a written format. Yet, the vast majority of Christian mission work today is conducted through literate means that oral communicators simply do not understand. Since the vast majority of unreached poeple are oral communicators, Finishing the Task recognizes the importance of reaching these groups with oral strategies. As communicators of the gospel, it is our responsibility to present the message in a way oral learners can understand. A highly effective way to reach oral cultures is by telling the stories of the Bible. Oral people love to hear the stories over and over again, memorizing them word-for-word. Since story telling is highly relational and social, Bible stories can spread rapidly within a people group. Many Finishing the Task partners have proven that Bible storying is effective for evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and even leadership training.
During the session I volunteered to engage in an Orality demonstration along with five other participants (one person each from Switzerland, Africa, and the UK and two from India). Our diverse group shared from the text on Blind Bartimeus (Mark 10:46-52). This approach to sharing the stories of Scripture was very refreshing. Each person had a chance to tell what they gleaned from the story. It was funny to listen as people adlibbed the text and interjected thoughts of their own (i.e, like animals and people on the noisy, crowded, busy street). The group took ownership of the story and they were self correcting; identify the verses that supported what they recalled and things that the text did not mention (i.e., animals). Our sharing shifted from information to transformation as we shared what we liked and disliked in the story; as well as what we learned about the character of God; and finally what we would do different based on what we learned.
The process of Orality reminded of the Flannelgraph Bible stories we used to hear and see in Sunday School. Do you remember? Those colorful cut-outs provided great visuals. Orality also put me in remembrance of being down south in Alabama with my grandfather, sitting around a fire listening to him tell stories. It would often be the same story night after night; but all of us could tell the story. Just imagine how quickly the stories of the Bible will spread when we begin to tell it often and tell it well. The process of orality does not focus as much on the teacher but on the students and the centrality of the message. I left the session with stacks of books in preparation for sharing the story with our leadership staff and the congregation. If you would like to be trained on the process or get more information visit www.lausanne.org For those of you in the metro Detroit area send me an email at www.globalprojects.org I’m looking forward to seeing all of your faces and rejoicing in what God is doing and how He will use us to have an even greater dynamic impact on the world.
ENGAGING THE MISSING ONE/FOURTH
Friday’s sessions were very dear to my heart, as the focus was on the Unreached Peoples’ Groups. I have never been as hopeful as now. In the first few days we focused on the whole church and the whole gospel. Today, we began to focus on the whole world. AOF and CGSM, I have so much to share with you when I return. I feel the Lord calling us to a whole new level of commitment. One of the things that has happened is that a booklet was passed out that has the latest updates on the unreached. The focus for this Congress was the 632 unengaged unreached groups. This means those groups who are the most in need of gospel access. This is the first time that a list like this has been handed out to such a large group with the expectation that they will commit. Each delegate has been asked to sign the commitment form, which I will show you when I return.
The implications for this are beyond huge. In spite of the large numbers still unreached, I have never seen such a strategic focus. This is beyond teaching about UPG and hoping that someone will listen. With the cross section of the Church that is represented here, it seems more “doable” than ever. We will need to get Dr. Woodward’s reports, but the teaching on oral Bible storytelling in people’s heart languages seems to be bearing the most fruit world-wide. I am hoping you were able to access some of the stories given during Friday morning’s plenary 2. If not, we will report when we return. This is something else I can see God doing through us. We have already been learning some of the content in CGSM classes. Now we just need to work on the how-to’s of oral storytelling.
It has been very encouraging to participate in the reconciliation working group. The first day it was extremely painful to hear some of the stories. But today we focused on areas where there is much hope. One report was about a group of Christian and Muslim Palestinian women who have been meeting together to share one another’s stories. The Lord is doing such a work among them, that the Muslim women want to start including Jewish women in their meetings. There were so many places around the world where God is doing deep healing-the kind only He can do. On Monday, Doug Birdsall told the story of a woman from Rwanda who had watched her husband and son cruelly murdered in front of her during the genocide there. When the case went to trial, the judge asked the woman what punishment she wanted for the man who had done this. She said, “I have no family left, and they are not coming back. What I want you to do to this man is to make him my son. He must come visit me twice a week. I still have a lot of love to give.”
Tonight’s focus was on Africa. Of course the music was great. One of the most poignant points was about the fatherlessness in Africa. The fatherlessness has occurred because of wars, HIV, and abandonment. One ministry that is having a lot of success is one who disciples soccer coaches to disciple their players. Tonight’s focus was also on children. I sat with a woman at dinner from Puerto Rico, and her story fits right in to tonight’s topic. She is Columbian, but felt called to go to Puerto Rico over 20 years ago with YWAM to disciple young people to go out as missionaries. What she found was a population of churched young adults who were involved in every kind of sin and vice and really not willing to change. She wept before the Lord, and asked Him to release her to go where her heart really is, which is among the Uighur people of China. He said no, that she was to stay in Puerto Rico and start working with the very young children. So she started discipling and teaching the 5-15 year olds, and has kept that up all these years. She now has “graduates” who have gone to the Uighur people and are still serving there.
Tomorrow we have the final meeting of the African American group. Please continue to pray that God will speak clarity and vision. Also please continue to pray for Sabrina and I as we finish out the last few days. It has been such an unbelievable joy to meet her and have this time with her. I’m sure it is a meeting that was God ordained and that God has much work for us to do together. Also continue to pray for Dr. Woodward, as I believe he starts his return home soon. I have hardly seen him at all. I love and miss you all so much.
WEDNESDAY, October 20, 2010
BEARING WITNESS TO THE LOVE OF CHRIST TO PEOPLE OF OTHER FAITHS
Wednesday morning, we studied the third chapter of Ephesians. It gets deeper and richer every time we get together. It is so exciting to have an environment where people are expecting to hear from God corporately. In light of what we have been hearing and experiencing in the past couple of days about the suffering church, this passage came alive even more, as Paul discusses the joy he feels that he is suffering, because it is for the Ephesians’ glory. John Piper was our expositor this morning. Those of you who have read his books, particularly Eternity in Their Hearts, will appreciate the passion he brought to the topic of the Cross of Christ and the role of suffering and prayer in the Church. He stated, “The gospel isn’t going to spread without suffering and without prayer, because the places that remain to be reached are largely places that don’t welcome Christians. The goal of the suffering and praying is so that the wisdom of God will be manifested in all of its magnificent, varied colors to the physical and spiritual world.”
In the second plenary session, there was a poignant testimony by the widow of one of the doctors that were martyred August 5th in Afghanistan. She shared about the work they were doing in Afghanistan, and of her husband’s last communications. He called her twice a day during the trip to describe what the team was doing at the different points, and the many ways that God was using them to relieve suffering of Afghani’s in very remote places. He described the physical hardship of carrying packs of medical supplies through mountain passes. When they brought her husband’s effects to her afterwards, she found the blood spattered notes he had been writing for a sermon he was going to be delivering soon. He had written a note to himself to tell the story of the Nuristani (sp?) goat cheese. It is a particular kind of cheese that is aged while being carried in gourds on the backs of donkeys and other transport animals. As this process goes on, the cheese seems to absorb the odors of the animals and the men that carry it. It can be smelled for miles away. It is not an attractive smell. She likened this type of goat cheese to the aroma of death that Paul talks about in II Corinthians 2: 15-16. “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.” She said this goat cheese is an acquired taste and is very salty, sour, and pungent, but gives amazing strength when consumed. The weakness of Christ, which is the Cross, simply does not make sense to the unsaved man. But to those who have come to the end of their struggle and allowed their self-life to be nailed to the Cross, the discovery is that this is the only way to live.
Please continue to pray for all of us here. We are being exposed to so much and need to hear God as to how to bring it back to the people where we live in a way that they can digest it. The longer I am here, the harder it is to think of going back to church and life as usual, so pray for grace for all of us.
KIDNAPPED and SOLD.
Every day as we fellowship with our small group we dig deeper into the Word of God as well as into one another's personal life. The table talk discussions are designed to be small communities where we share and experience koininia. The questions from each of plenary session take us beyond the surface. The practical personal examples given allow others to have a glimpses into who we are. This wrestling with the scriptures in the presence of others challenges us to consider not only the world but the application for our home context. It was interesting this morning that when we began to respond to the questions on suffering someone commented that we had already discussed those issues the day prior and there was not much left to say. As a counselor, it was very obvious to me that the person was deflecting and not sure they wanted to go deep. I encouraged everyone to share some form of persecution or tragedy they had suffered. Keeping in mind that we still have several days of table talk there is no way we could be done and that one way for us to become a caring community is to bear one another’s burdens.
Slowly with tears in his eyes, one of the men at the table (I’ll call him Jacob which is not his real name) shared that he had been held at gunpoint just two weeks before coming to Cape Town. As we tuned into his whispers, the chatter from the surrounding tables faded. His being at the conference was a miracle. Two weeks ago the alarm went off at the gate to his family home in Eastern Europe. Thinking it might have been an animal he went out to check the area. The intruder pulled a gun to his head and demanded any cash, jewelry or weapons in the house. Gangs roam freely in his area and rape, pillage and plunder. Knowing that his wife and daughter were in the house and would be attacked next, he prayed and chose not to just stand there but to fight. He heard the gun click several times but the bullet never came out. He wrestled the guy to the ground but he managed to escape shouting, “I will be back to kill all of you.” Our dear brother trembled as he talked about his family watching and screaming from the window. The Saturday before the flight to Cape Town the family was out shopping when the man returned with others. They ran away on foot as the car drove up. Inside his home had been ransacked and the help was tied to chairs in the dining area. Praise God they were alive. Safety is a great concern even as they return. Jacob fears his daughter may be kidnapped and sold. We prayed fervently for his Christian witness as the believers in his area are often under attack.
At the end of these sessions you can feel the great draw spiritually as well as the emotional drain. The break which is about 30-45 minutes is barely enough time to leave the table. So while our minds are still wrapped around the earlier discussion we venture out to Multiplex luncheons followed by the Dialogue Sessions. There are over 40 topics from which to choose. Because the rooms fill up and the doors are guarded by the Stewards you don’t get a chance to go in and out of multiple sessions. This is not the time to attempt omnipresence. Selection of workshops has to be strategic in order to cover all the ground you need to be equipped for the work of the ministry. Representing several interest my task was even more difficult. During the time slot today there were four workshops that I really wanted to attend. They were: Partnership Essentials: advancing Your Ministry Cause Through Effective Collaboration; Fulfilling the Great Commission Among Muslims: 7 Massive Trends Facing Today’s Christian Leaders ; and Poverty and Wealth: Responding Holistically to the Issue of Trafficking. The latter was my choice.
The presentation was given by a panel of four women that worked in various offices and capacities at World Hope International an organization that endeavors to prevent human trafficking and to care for survivors of this slavery. Two of the young women were Africans: Ajwang, a clinical social worker, studying for her PhD is the Anti Trafficking-in-Persons Coordinator for South Africa and Adeyemi is the director of Anti-Trafficking Programs at the Washington office in the USA. They discussed issues relative to defining Human Trafficking in a broad context, the demand, identifying vulnerabilities and common misconceptions. After a brief powerpoint presentation by each person we were given the remainder of the time to brainstorm some ideas of things we could do to help here in South Africa and or in our own communities.
Although I would venture to say that most people reading this will know the impact of Human Trafficking let me give a few brief facts: Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. Today, an estimated 27 million people are held captive around the world. These individuals are forced into sexual exploitation, labor, domestic servitude, armed conflict, begging networks, or bought and sold for their body parts. They endure physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual implications.
As I sat in the workshop, I thought about the innocence of Jacobs 14 year old daughter and pictured the faces of the many your girls Global Projects has worked with in Europe that have been trafficked from Nigeria. One of my action items from this session is to go back and follow up with these girls and provide additional supports linking them with various agencies in and outside of Europe. God has strategically connected me with some very dynamic individuals here at the World Congress. One such person is Dr. Julia out of New York. She is an immigration specialist along with several other titles (Aviation Engineer, Government official, and community advocate and teacher) I also thought about the young ladies in Detroit and what we need to do to assist them in education and awareness so that they are not prey for the enemy. We began outlining a program last year for high school and middle school girls. We will look at protocol for implementation. Global Projects has started the conversation about partnerships with other agencies that fight against this social injustice. Our current STOP TRAFFICKING campaign is listed on the website www.globalprojects.org along with the WRAP – White Ribbon Against Pornography – Initiative which will be held October 31st - November 7th.
The dialogue session was key to the work we are doing and the program expansions we are considering for next year. There were several individuals in the session who would like to also partner to help address the needs of those who are vulnerable and at risk.
TUESDAY, October 19, 2010
This is Ebony (Dr. Sabrina Black) and Ivory (Dr. Peggy Rayman) reporting to you live from Cape Town, South Africa at the Third Lausanne World Congress on Global Evangelism. This report contains the rest of day 2 and the beginning of day 3.
Glory to God in the highest. Many of you already know that today is my 52nd birthday. What a joy to celebrate it in South Africa with people from various tribes and nations. Thank you to my family and friends who sent blessings via email and Facebook. When the questions are asked, “What did you do for your birthday? and/ or What gifts did you receive?” the response will be without hesitation. The Lord gave me an open door to the world. The significant memories of this day will always hold a special place in my heart. The reminder that “I am Joseph” is ringing in my ear along with a plea to be involved with the African Diaspora. My calling as a missionary to the masses of unreached people groups in the 1040 Window and other places around the globe was yet again confirmed through prayer, praise, worship and dancing. Prophetic words spoken to me in the past are being manifested this day. As a servant of the most high God, my life is not my own; I’m willing and available to go beyond where the roads end to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This day of celebration was reflective and sobering; it follows the Congresses focus on suffering and sacrifice the night before. Lord I am willing. How often we here Christians profess that they want to enter into the fellowship. The cry of my heart for all who will read these documents in days to come is that the Lord reignites in you a burning passion to serve Him. We are God’s witnesses in the earth. We need to share hope, help and healing with a lost and hurting world. “Lord, pour us out as a drink offering.” Do we really know what it is to suffer persecution and still proclaim His name or to be a martyr for the faith? Today, many bishops, pastors and world mission leaders prayed for me and the work of the ministry to which I am called. As you read our post breath deep. Celebrate in knowing that you too are called and the Lord wants to give you a message of salvation to the world as well. Will you respond, “Here am I, send me?”
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THE SUFFERING CHURCH - MONDAY NIGHT - FOCUS ON ASIA
SUFFERING CHURCH AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
After all the beauty and pageantry of the opening night ceremonies, Monday night was extremely difficult emotionally. I was still grieving over the fact that the Chinese delegation had not been able to join us. I was sitting at my table praying for them, when a man came up to me, handed me a pamphlet, and asked me to pray for him. I glanced at his name tag and noticed it said North Korea. Immediately I said yes. I felt as if the Lord was saying that though I could not meet any of the Chinese delegation, here was a man I could pray for who was coming from a country right next door to China, and also coming out of the persecuted church. I began weeping as I prayed for him, and continued weeping through the whole evening’s presentations.
The man who handed me the pamphlet had been a church planter in North Korea before fleeing persecution several years ago. For the past few years while he has been in South Korea, he has been working with South Korean churches to set some infrastructure in place to support missionaries who are going into North Korea. They have put much work, thought, and prayer into this effort. But what really struck me is that he said he is going back to North Korea within a few months.
One of the things that caused me to weep, is that I had been reflecting on the condition of the American church at large, and wondering, “Where is the spirit in our churches that would cause people to lay down their lives, lay down personal comfort and safety, and embrace the Cross of Christ with joy?” Here was this man standing in front of me who embodied what it means to be a disciple. I felt very impoverished as I considered the fact that he was asking me to pray for him.
The theme on Monday evening was on Asia, the suffering church, and religious freedom. The multimedia presentations were very powerful, and of course, I cried through them. Then a young woman from North Korea got up and gave her personal testimony. Her parents came to the Lord, but both were martyred for their faith. She was adopted and educated by a Christian family in South Korea. When she was about 16, Jesus came to her in a dream and asked her to follow Him. She gave her life to Him, and is now preparing to go back to North Korea as a missionary. I don’t believe she is 20 yet. She has her life ahead of her and is at a time of her life when the normal thing is to think about a career, getting married, starting a family, and all of the cares of life.
What is it that would cause a young woman, who has already gone through enough suffering to last for a lifetime, to be willing embrace more? The only thing I can think of is that it is a “Who” and not a “what.” She has discovered the living truth of the Word of God. Paul says to the Galatians, “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me.” Only someone who has been crucified in Christ can undertake such a mission. This young woman has already lost her life. She has nothing left to lose, and the only life she now has is the one Christ gives her to live for her glory. These are not words on a page to her; nor are they truths learned in a classroom or a seminary, and coming only from books. These are the words written in the blood of the martyrs through the ages, and started by the One who set the example by first laying down His life.
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Today, like every other day here at the Lausanne World Congress, we laughed and we cried. There is much joy and sadness. The Congress is a place of expressed emotion, engagement, enlightenment and edification. Embrace it with us as we share these brief glimpses into days filled and overflowing with love for God’s people around the world. www.lausanne.org
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 2010
This is Ebony (Dr. Sabrina Black) and Ivory (Dr. Peggy Rayman) reporting to you live from Cape Town, South Africa at the Third Lausanne World Congress on Global Evangelism. This report contains the rest of day 1 and part of day 2.
Share about a moment in the day, when you felt in awe of God.
Sabrina: “The moment when I felt in awe of God was when I met with Bishop Steven, my table leader, who was from Kenya. I only know one person from Kenya, as we have mostly been in Uganda and Nigeria. He indicated that he know someone in Uganda that did work similar to what we do at Global Projects in the areas of counseling, trauma training and intervention. As we talked, we were amazed to discover that he knew the one Kenyan I knew (Wachira at PACE Ministries), and I knew the one person he knew who worked in Uganda-Dr. Linda Marcel (we co-presented at Crisis Intervention conference in Uganda and she hosted our team at her home). I am so much in awe of this glorious family of God and how he knits us all together.”
As we continue to dialogue he shared about his involvement with MANI - The Movement for African National Initiatives. Earlier this year my friend Sike Anne Mbette from Cameroon nominated me to be the MANI Representative for North America working with the Diaspora. MANI's purpose is to affirm, motivate, mobilize and network Christian leaders by inspiring them with the vision of reaching the unreached and least evangelized in Africa, and the wider world, through the communication of up to date research, reports and models; consultations and prayer efforts focusing on the unfinished task. I am still in AWE of God’s majesty and the time He invests in laying out a plan.
Peggy: “I have always loved the drums. To me they speak of the rhythm, order, and complexity of God. It was with great joy I watched as the African drummers set up in the foyer and began to summon us to worship. The multiplicity of interweaving rhythms speaks of God’s complexity. The power of the drum speaks of God’s authority. When you hear a drum you want to get up and do something. The joy of the drummers spoke to me again of the joy God feels when His multi-faceted family is together in unity.enjoying Him and each other.”
We are all gathered in Cape Town to have conversations about global evangelization. We will develop strategies and equip the next generation of Christian world leaders. Our charge is indeed to DO Something. Not just anything but something specific: The whole Church, taking the whole Gospel to the whole world.
Tell me about the people who sat at your table.
Sabrina: “I’ve already spoken about two of the people at my table.We also had Sophie at our table. She is from China. Her husband is one of the International Deputy Directors and he has been at all three Lausanne Congresses. She has been in ministry for 43 years, and was sitting in for her husband. They have lived in the States for a number of years, and were pastoring a church in Boston for 18 yrs. They are now back in Hong Kong serving as missionaries from the churchs. She reported additional details regarding the over 250 member Chinese delegation which had been detained. She and her husband were thankful for those that did get out of China to come to Cape Town referring to them as the “fish that swam upstream and managed to get through the net that Chinese officials used to keep the rest of the Chinese delegation at home.”
“We also had Nicolene. She was named after her uncle Nicholas. She is a Christian psychologist in South Africa who has started her own accredited Christian college and also partners with people in Russia and Germany to bring her training there. She is praying for a team of people to travel with her. It was so awesome that by the time she finished sharing, I had a list of several people that God placed on my heart that I knew were very skilled in the areas where she serves and had been praying about places where they could use their gifts.”
Peggy: “I’d like to give just a brief overview of some of the people I’ve met in addition to those at my table. It has been such a rich experience already. On my way over I sat in between a woman from Boston who works in stopping human trafficking, and a German man who is going to work with the Moravian Churches in South Africa. At the table group leaders training yesterday, we had an elderly couple from Hong Kong, a young woman from Zambia, a pastor from Chad that does church planting among Muslims, and two other men from French speaking African nations. At our table group, we have a man from South Africa, Quinton, who was born to a South African man and a Swedish woman. He has a deep heart for God and serves Him in public service as the Chief Information Officer in one of the provincial offices. We also have a young woman from Kenya, June, who is a very vocal Christian businesswoman whose business has been noted to practice Christian principles, and majors on integrity issues. She also works with missions outreaches in her church in Nairobi, and travels frequently to work with the Rendille. Another table group member is a man from Burkina Faso, Brother R, who works in church planting among Muslims. The fifth person in our group is Colin, a man from the UK. He works with mobilizing British college students to serve as missionaries. Please pray that as we meet and study and pray together we will collectively hear what God is saying to us.”
What impressed you most about the dramatic arts presentations?
Sabrina: “The thing that impressed me most was the 5000+ voices, each reciting the Lord’s prayer in their own language. The procession of the dancers, flags and banners against the multimedia backdrop of scenes from Africa was so intricately done that it was exhilarating to the senses. We also watched a multimedia presentation on the churches history of missions. It was so encouraging seeing that the work of some of these lesser known people is still being remembered, and still going on.
Peggy: “The glorious dramatic arts presentations gave such a rich counterbalance to the times of teaching, discussion, and prayer. The presentations have been masterfully done, and it is encouraging to see Christians reclaiming that area of creativity that came from God and see it used to glorify Him. I think the choirs, dancers, and orchestra impressed me the most. The evening started with the African drummers, as I’ve already mentioned. But it continued with a full orchestra, choirs, and dancers of all ages. The musicians come from South Africa, Kenya, Colombia, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Middle East, Jamaica, Barbados, Germany, Latvia, North American First Nations, Canada, and America. To watch them performing seamlessly as one unit, was something that can only be experienced.”
Who would you have really wanted to be with you tonight?
Sabrina: “I would have loved to have my husband Warren Jose’ with me tonight. It would have been so phenomenal to have him here sharing this moment in history. He is so passionate about the Lord and a great history buff. I also wish my pastor, Christopher Brooks and his wife Yodit could have been here. They wanted to be here so badly; he considered buying tickets and just engaging in conversation for the lobby. I appreciate their leadership and know that this would have been a monumental encounter for them. It would have been amazing for Pastor Phil Carr to be here; we are living church history, and he is one of the critical thinkers in our times. I also was thinking about Pamela Hudson executive director of Global Projects. She was so supportive of me being here and I would love to have shared this moment in time with her. My mother, Adell Dickinson, who is also a mother to the nations, and my dad who is active in city ministry, would have cherished this experience. I wish my dear friend Paula Ratchford could have been here and watched the whole world open up. The effectual doors of ministry that the Lord has opened no man can shut.'"
Peggy: “The only thing that is lacking to make this a perfect trip is that those that I love are not here participating with me. What a glorious expression of the Body of Christ. Joe, I am ever mindful of the fact that both AOF and CGSM were your visions. I wish you could be here to see what your faithfulness to God has accomplished through us. To my beloved children, Windye, Shawn, Troy, Angela, Heather, Chris, Paul, and Tim, and to all your spouses and wonderful children, I long for you to participate in this family legacy, that God would be glorified in the next generation in the way He chooses to use each of your gifts. How I wish the AOF Board was here. All your hard work has made all this possible because no one goes to something like this alone. Not only are you continuing the vision, but you gave so sacrificially to help me go. I hope you know how very proud Joe and I are of you. To the AOF missions cell leaders, I also wish you could be here and get inspired afresh and anew to lead the groups you minister to and inspire them to reach further to advance the Kingdom. To the CGSM students, I trust you all are getting to participate in this via the Global Link and get to see some of the things I am trying to describe with words. I pray that this experience will build your resolve to do what you must to prepare for the day when God will send you to the nations as an ambassador of the King of Kings. To all the others who gave so generously and lovingly to help me go, I think about you every few minutes and thank God for your willingness to share of your resources.”
UPDATE ON THE CHINESE DELEGATION
Peggy: ”It was with great sadness that I learned the fate this morning of the Chinese delegation. At the morning small group leaders’ meeting, I was at the table with a sister from China. She is not living in China right now, so that is how she was able to get here, though she is planning to go back to China soon to minister. She said that all but five of the delegates were detained, and many of them were beaten. Some were released, some were put on house arrest, and others put in jail. She asked us to pray that the enemy would not get a foothold to cause division. Some of the delegates were from big cities, and others from small rural areas. They all love Jesus, but they have differing views about security and how to deal with the persecution issues. She asked us to pray that there not be any finger pointing or divisions, but that God will bring even greater unity. She also asked us to pray for their families as they are very fearful right now.”
UPDATE ON THE AFRICAN AMERICAN DELEGATION
Sabrina: “In a historic gathering, Elder Donovan Case led the African American Delegation in a time of sharing about the impact that we as a people group are making around the world. We opened in song with renowned praise and worship leader Steve Newby followed by Rev. Dr. Walter McCray praying for the Lord to move among us. As missionary mobilzers there was a great emphasis placed on the need to get more of our brethren in local churches engaged in global missions. The reality in many of our cities is that the nations of the world have come to us and we need only come outside the four walls of our church. Elder Case shared greetings from John Perkins linking us to a great heritage of missions. It was wonderful to hear from Christian world leaders who understood the value and significance of having their sons and daughters in attendance at this once in a lifetime gathering. These young people will learn more in two weeks than they would have in a classroom and connect with people around the world. They are living what they would have only read about. It was a diverse gathering from living legends to those who were just discovering their call to missions. Mark your calendar for May 11-15, 2011 for the NBEA Convention on a Mission in Chicago."
UPDATE ON THE USA DELEGATION
Peggy: “This afternoon the USA delegation met together to get to know each other and talk briefly about what is ahead. Vonette Bright, widow of Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, was at this meeting and shared a little bit of the history of the involvement of women in the Lausanne Movement. I was quite surprised to find out that in the global meetings leading up to Lausanne I in 1974, including 1974, women were not allowed to participate or be in the room. When the wives of some of the speakers or delegates would go, the wife of the host would be asked to organize teas or sightseeing tours for them. To see how far the Lord has brought the movement since then is truly amazing, as this year women make up over one third of the delegates and the tone of the conference is very affirming of women.” Mark your calendar for the North America Regional Gathering on April 4-7, 2011 in Orlando.
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 17TH
This is Ebony (Dr. Sabrina Black) and Ivory (Dr. Peggy Rayman) reporting to you from Cape Town, South Africa at the Third Lausanne Congress on Global Evangelism. We just came from the opening ceremonies and want to share with you some of our impressions. We each answered six questions about the opening day, and here are our responses.
Of all the things you heard today, what penetrated your heart the most?
Sabrina: “Of all the things I heard today, the thing that struck me the most was when Doug Birdsall, Executive Chairman of the Lausanne event, was closing. Of course there were many profound things in between but, when he gave some figures of who was represented here, I was blown away. There were over 4200 participants from 6 continents and 200 nations. There were approximately 1200 women, 1200 pastors and church leaders, 1200 missionaries and missions leaders, and 600 business leaders. It is the most diverse mix of people ever gathered. Then I thought¸ “How amazing that I am one of those 1200 women and missions leaders in the world to be selected, and just felt in awe of the Lord's goodness to be in that number.”
Peggy: “What penetrated my heart the most was the sheer joy everyone in that room had to be there. The Body of Christ is so beautiful, and we so seldom have an opportunity to see a really good cross section of it. I was struck again by the beauty of humanity in all the diversity that God has created. He created that diversity for His good pleasure, because it pleases Him so much. I also thought about how sad it must make Him that so often the enemy uses our diversity to cause us to have discord, rather than to enjoy the way He made us.”
Tell us about one person that you sat next to today that impacted you.
Sabrina: “One person I sat next to that impacted me was Robert Coleman. He came to the table late and flustered. He was telling of us all the things that hindered him from being on time. At first it didn’t dawn on me who he was. Then he said, “I was part of the original Lausanne group,” and handed me a copy of his book. I looked at it and couldn’t believe my eyes. The book was “The Master Plan of Evangelism,” one I have had on my shelf for years. It is a classic on evangelism and here is the author sitting at my table!! As we got him to engage in the conversation, he settled down, and became one of the group at the table. Now Robert and I are on a first name basis, and I will get to sit with him and the other awesome people at our table all week!”
Peggy: “The personal encounter that most impacted me was a beautiful young lady, Gloria, that I met. She had a lovely pink African dress on, and came over with a big smile and introduced herself. Her name tag said that her country was Nepal. She obviously wasn’t Nepalese, so I asked her to tell her story. She is from Uganda, and was attending college when an American missionary came over and challenged them to get involved in missions. She answered the call and is now a missionary to Nepal! NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!! She just heard there was a need for missionaries in Nepal, and said, “Here am I, Lord. Send me!”
It is very late here now (2:30am), so we are going to sign off and continue tomorrow posting our answers to these questions. Remember we are six hours ahead. Check in daily for more updates.
Tell about a moment in the day, when you felt in awe of God.
Tell me about the people who sat at your table
What impressed you most about the dramatic arts presentations?
Who would you have really wanted to be with you tonight?
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join the conversation at Lausanne III in South Africa
Letter of Invitation as a Delegate to Lausanne in Cape Town.
From: Registrar | Cape Town 2010<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Mon, May 3, 2010 6:21 am
Subject: Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization
Dear Sebrania Black,
On behalf of The Lausanne Movement, it is our pleasure to extend an official invitation to you to attend Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. We are inviting you to join 4,000 participants from about 200 nations and territories. All participants are making a commitment to attend the entire Congress and actively participate in the study process leading up to and following Cape Town 2010.
Cape Town 2010 will be hosted in South Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, 16-25 October 2010. The primary aim of the Congress is to call the global church to wrestle with the challenges we face and to call the church to a fresh proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that we might be better equipped as his witnesses in every aspect of society in the 21st century.
All onsite participants have been nominated by national selection committees. In endorsing your nomination and extending this invitation to you, the International Participant Selection Committee is affirming the fact that God has entrusted you with strategic influence on the evangelization of your country and on training and mobilizing workers for world evangelization.
We look forward to greeting you in Cape Town. Sincerely in Christ,
S. Douglas Birdsall, Executive Chairman / Lindsay Brown, International Director
Letter of Support for GPH3 Founder
CLICK HERE to View and/or download Letter of Support. The public is invited to help sponsor this trip. Sabrina is one of 40 African Americans attending of the 400 delegates from North America that will join with 4000 world leaders from 200 countries. If you would like to help support Sabrina on her mission to Lausanne in Cape Town, South Africa please give below. Any amount is helpful and your donation is tax-deductible.
Detroit Lausanne Conversation Gatherings
How will you respond? In 1974, Billy Graham convened 2,700 Christian leaders in Lausanne Switzerland to mobilize the global Church and respond to the issues of their day. October 16-25 in Cape Town, South Africa 4,000 pastors teachers, ministry professionals, and young visionaries from more than 200 countries will continue the tradition to determine how today’s Church responds to our own challenges. To prepare for Cape Town, 12 cities will host 12 Conversation Gatherings to hear from this generation on critical world issues.
Will you join the conversation? WELL, Detroit did. We joined the conversation and on Tuesday, September 14th Christopher Brooks, Pastor of Evangel Ministries (who also served as Moderator) opened the doors of the church to host a Lausanne Conversation Gathering. This event coordinated by Dr. Sabrina Black (the Communication Liaison for the African American delegation to Cape Town) was attended by over 300 individuals from the city and suburbs to discuss critical issues such as:
URBAN - SUBURBAN PARTNERSHIPS, FORMING LEADERS, URBAN MISSIONS, GENERATION NEXT, X & Y, UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS, and MENTAL HEALTH.
The panel consisted of
Donovan Case, President, International Christian Ministries
Sabrina D. Black, President, Global Projects for Hope, Help and Healing, Author, HELP for Your Leadership
Doug Birdsall, Executive Chairman, Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization
Rich Van Pelt, National Director of Ministry Relationships, Compassion International
Bob Shirock, Pastor, Oakpointe Church, E.A.C.H. Movement
Walter McCray, President, National Black Evangelical Association, Author, Black Presence in the Bible
We began the conversation with a response to the Time magazine article on Detroit. We know the world is watching and the Body of Christ has something to show them. Detroit will not only arise from the ashes; but we will be a leader in demonstrating how to transform an urban city with the love of God. In addition to being known as the place of the Motown Sound, the maker of Vehicles that moved the nation, Detroit will be known as the mobilizer of Missionaries throughout the world.
The panelist who are all experts in their respective fields answered tough questions from the moderator as well as the attendees. Those who gathered were inspired and filled with hope as they learned about strategies and initiatives in which they can participate to have a dynamic impact in the city of Detroit and the World.