Lausanne Movement

Big international meetings might not be your idea of exciting. They weren’t mine either until I saw some create effective focus and action at the grassroots. One of the most effective has been the “Lausanne” congresses and the movement they have created.  The first was held in 1974 in – you guessed it – Lausanne.  The last major meeting was in 1989. The most recent took place in October in South Africa.

It was the largest and most diverse meeting of believers in the last 20 years. It’s composition reflected the number of believers in each country and other demographic characteristics of the church. So, of the 4,000 delegates, 400 came from the US, 50 from Canada, 80 from the UK, but 230 from China (although many of those were blocked from attending by the Chinese government). Sixty percent were under 50 years old and 10 percent under 30. In stark contrast, at the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference of the 1,200 delegates, 500 came from US, 500 from Britain, 4 from Asia, and none from Africa. Welcome to the 21st century. Isn’t it great?

The topic, as always, was world evangelism and the uniqueness of Christ, the authority of the Bible, and the imperative of world evangelism. All got ringing affirmations.

The web site for this latest meeting has videos of many of the main sessions. As someone involved in Bible translation I was pleased to see the themes of Celebrating the Bible and Eradicating Bible Poverty woven throughout. The Scriptures were presented as foundational to the accomplishment of the Great Commission. (That link leads to articles and videos on the topic.)

You might be interested in the topic “Bringing the Gospel to the Least Reached People Groups and Cities.” You can find it here:

If you are interested in more devotional thoughts, consider watching some of the morning devotions by John Piper at:


Dayle and I are involved in helping the growing and maturing believers in Africa do Bible translation for themselves. Beyond the specific topics, this meeting was proof that God is growing his kingdom and that many people around the world are still blessedly obsessive about making Jesus known. That is exciting. Those who predicted the death of Christian faith were oh so wrong.

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2010 in review

The people at came up with the following statistics about my blog for 2010 – my first year of blogging.

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 138 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 28th with 73 views. The most popular post that day was About Ed and Dayle.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for camelion, africa size, real size of africa, gillbt, and paa willie.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


About Ed and Dayle June 2010


Paa Willie July 2010


About GILLBT August 2010


Africa is big November 2010


When I miss garbage trucks September 2010