S. Africa (MNN) — The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization is not quite at the half way point, but mission leaders are praying for what they're calling "God Appointments." The theme of the third Congress is "God in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself," (2 Corinthians 5:19), focusing on how to bear witness to Jesus Christ and all His teaching in every region of the world and every sphere of society.
We caught up with the President of Mission Aviation Fellowship, John Boyd, in Cape Town, South Africa. "My primary objective is to seek the Lord's leading, but obviously to meet with other Christian leaders and see where the synergy is so we can partner together for world evangelization."
Boyd sees MAF's role in world evangelization shifting a bit. "All of us need to be more focused on how we evangelize, when we evangelize, and where we evangelize. So ultimately I see the role of MAF still being that undergirding support ministry, but being far more focused on the missiological task that God gave us in the Great Commission."
Boyd says this conference, so far, is forcing him to look at "the the dynamic of strategic globalization and how MAF can position itself to be more strategic in partnership with so many other ministries that are represented here."
Those strategic partnerships will be enhanced with new aircraft, like the Kodiak, which will allow MAF to fly more people and payload into unreached areas of the world more efficiently and effectively. Funding is needed to help purchase more of these planes to fulfill the Great Commission in our lifetime through Bible translation, JESUS Film teams, and other creative outreach initiatives.
While Boyd is in South Africa joining more than 4,000 at the event, tens of thousands more around the globe are tuning in via GlobaLink to participate through the internet.
The Congress was the brainchild of evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, who founded its parent organization known as The Lausanne Movement. This movement is uniquely placed to reaffirm the primary truths of biblical Christianity. The Congress is uniquely placed to gather evangelicals for a common purpose and is extending its reach through the most up-to-date technology available through GlobaLink sites to 90 countries.
The Congress will not only reaffirm the primary truths of biblical Christianity but also engage with critical issues set to face the Church over the next decade.
Continue to pray for Lausanne, which concludes Sunday.