More than 4,000 invited guests from nearly 200 nations have gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, to strategize how to evangelize the world for Christ in the 21st Century. Several representatives from TWR are among the participants.
The Lausanne Congress was founded by evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, who also founded its parent organization known as The Lausanne Movement, which is uniquely placed to reaffirm the primary truths of biblical Christianity.
TWR’s Project Hannah Founder and Global Ministry Director Marli Spieker is one of thousands participating in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Below is an excerpt from Marli’s travel journal from the second day of the event, Monday, October 18:
Tonight’s plenary session, with the theme “God is on the Move” was a tribute to the persecuted Asian church. Of all the great voices heard throughout this day of icons of the evangelic world, the voice of a North Korean teenager was the strongest!
As a little girl, she saw her pregnant mother die of leukemia. She lived as a refugee in China for 11 years when her father was arrested, beaten and sent to prison for three years for preaching the gospel. A few years after his release, he returned to share the gospel to his people in North Korea. He was arrested again. This happened two years ago, and she hasn’t heard from him again. She is convinced that he was executed as a criminal – all for the sake of the gospel.
A loving Christian Chinese family took her in. At the time she was not a Christian, but one day she had a dream that Jesus was telling her that in spite everything that happened to her, God loves her very much. It was a turning point in life. She decided to serve God just like her father did – unconditionally! Now she is in her last year of high school trying hard to enter university to study Political Science and Diplomacy. Her aim is to go back to North Korea some day. She wants to give voice to the many thousands of voiceless Koreans suffering all kinds of injustices and persecutions. She said, “I have given my entire life to God. I want to spend my life serving Him for as long as I live. I want to continue the work my dad never finished. I will be His ambassador.” With tears streaming down her face, she begged for Christians all over the world to pray for persecuted Christians in Korea.
Amazing! In a day and age where most young people have no clue about what to do and where to go with their lives, it was so refreshing to hear someone with a life ahead of her, mapping the way, charting unknown waters, determined to fulfill her earthly AND eternal destiny doing something bigger and transcendent than life.
The aim of this session was “to equip the participants and Christians of the whole world in their proclamation, demonstration and defense of the truth – as found in Christ, the source and embodiment of truth.” I like the way the introduction of the Lausanne Program puts it: “How may the church more effectively “hold out the Word of life” – Christ Himself, in the pluralistic arena of public values, and in the globalized world of business? It must be done in Bold Humility.”