Joe Handley




Stories from Joe Handley, president of Asian Access

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I just finished three stimulating days conversing with several U.S. Church and Mission leaders preparing for the upcoming historic gathering for world evangelization: Cape Town 2010. This event in October will bring together 4000 leaders from more than 200 countries to discuss the significant issues of our day for the life of the global church.

Over the last few days, we have been discussing six critical issues from the perspective of the US Church all preparing for this October when we will gather with others from around the world to grapple with the most important issues facing the world.

My predecessor, Doug Birdsall, and an impressive array of leaders are guiding us through this process, and I'm eager to see what emerges as leaders from all over the globe come together this fall.

We spent our days walking through scripture (Eph 1:15-23 and Eph 3:14-21), fellowshipping together and discussing these all-important issues.

You can also take part even if you're not able to be one of the 4000 participants in Cape Town this October. There will be global link sites all over the world where everyone can participate in the discussions. In addition, there is an ongoing global conversation being conducted online over the course of the year. Christianity Today is posting an important article each month this year and we can all contribute our best thinking by responding online.

Here are the 6 core issues that are being discussed:

  1. Truth: Bearing Witness to the Truth of Christ in our time
  2. Reconciliation: Building the Peace of Christ in our Divided and Broken World
  3. World Faiths: Living the Love of Christ with Neighbors of Other Faiths
  4. Priorities: Discerning the Will of Christ in our Ongoing Evangelism
  5. Integrity: Returning to the Way of Christ in Repentance and Humility
  6. Partnership: Partnering in the Body of Christ Toward a new Global Equilibrium

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I encourage you to join us in this vital conversation. The first and second Lausanne events in Lausanne (1974) and Manilla (1989) shaped much of Christian thinking for world evangelization and this third historic event promises to be enlightening for the future.

Pray for this historic gathering. It has significant impact for the coming decades in mission...

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