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The Congress Is Open

Some snippets from the day:

Ramez Attallah of the Egyptian Bible Society, in explaining the purpose of dividing the entire Congress into table groups of six people, encourages us to recognize that there are not twenty speakers, but 4500 speakers and presenters as we speak into one another lives around the tables.

My table has people from South Korea, Serbia, Malaysia, India, and the US.  If this is in any way representative of other table groups, the the dialogue just around the table will be a “global conversation.”

A letter is read from Billy Graham where he exhorts the Congress to recognize that many things have changed since the first Lausanne Congress in 1974, and that we should be diligent to assess those new realities of our times.  However, he went on to say, some things have not changed over the years: the deepest need of the human heart is still to be reconciled to God; the Gospel has not changed, it is still the message of hope; nor has our mandate changed to go into all the world with the Gospel

Archbishop Henry Orombi of the Anglican Church of Uganda shared how it is a miracle that this Congress is being held in Africa, but that it is equally a miracle that God entrusts His message of reconciliation to us ordinary people.

Singing together the hymn that was the theme song for the Edinburgh 1910 World Missions conference: “Crown Him With Many Crowns”.

1200 participants are pastors; 1200 participants are missionaries; 1200 participants are academics; and 600 are marketplace ministers.

A new song is learned with the refrain: “We who were sin, now shine in righteousness; filled with His life and reconciled in Him.”

Doug Birdsall, chair of the Lausanne Committee, declares the third Lausanne Congress officially open: “May the dialogue begin!”

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