AD2000 News and Updates
Global In-Country Survey Update and Report from Annual Regional Coordinators Meeting, February 1-5 1994
Global In-Country Survey Update
At the top of the following page you can see the latest map showing the country by country progress of the Global In-Country Survey. The AD 2000 Movement is encouraging all the countries with national AD2000 initiatives to survey their countries and establish a PNRF (Permanent National Research Function) This permanent research effort is designed to be1. Country and Church-wide in scope, 2. Scientific in approach,3. An ongoing structure and 4. A coordinated and adaptive effort.
The stated aim of the PNRF is "to serve the whole Body of Christ through: obtaining, maintaining, analyzing, reporting, applying and sharing the accurate, up-to-date information needed for the Body of Christ to carry forth its multi-faceted ministries." Most PNRFs are involved in the Global In-Country Survey in their respective countries. It is planned that other PNRFs will be established during the course of the survey.
A PNRF's basic structures are:
- National Research Committee--is composed of representatives from different organizations, ministries and locales.
- Information Resource Center-- serves as information manager, offers training and links resources. To date, Global In-Country Survey activity is on schedule. Commencing January 14 survey packets have been mailed to researchers in 183 countries, Initial response has been requested by May 15, at which time data entry and analysis will begin. The map on the opposite page shows that 137 countries have a PNRF ranging from formative to fully functioning.
Report from Regional Coordinators Meeting Feb. 1-5, 1993
Christian leaders from around the world met last month, under the auspices of the AD 2000 and Beyond Movement, for a time of reflection, assessment, encouragement and planning. Attending the annual meeting, held February 1-5 in Colorado Springs, were "regional Coordinators" responsible for promoting in their respective geographic areas the vision of the AD 2000 Movement which is "A church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000."
As each representative gave his or her regional report, there were many exciting stories of God's working. In one Asian country, after years of persecution, the ruling authorities have now reversed their position and are allowing the open preaching of the gospel. Christian leaders there believe that this is a direct result of an international month of prayer ("Praying Through the Window") held last October that focused on the areas of the world most resistant to the Gospel. Australian leader Mal Garvin described a new climate of openness to the gospel in that nation.
Particularly of note was the involvement of the Arab World as a new, full partner in the AD 2000 & Beyond Movement. In a very encouraging report describing God's light and order in the midst of a dark and chaotic region of the world, they described "miracles happening every day."
Other leaders reported matters for concern and prayer. Wally Kuskoff, the regional leader for North Asia, explained that the church in the former Soviet Union really needs AD 2000 to connect it to the rest of the world. Years of isolation have resulted in a skewed version of Christian doctrine. As a result, many new believers are breaking away from the old denominations. As the meetings progressed, it became clear that AD 2000 initiatives are gaining ground in many areas. As the Movement builds momentum in some areas, it encourages and catalyzes efforts in other regions that are not moving as rapidly, such as Eastern Europe.
During the meetings, the regional leaders held a working session where they developed a status report of AD 2000 involvement in general, and for each of the ten worldwide resource networks. There are 167 countries of the world in which there is some level of AD 2000 activity today.
A map showing the status of the progress in each of these 167 countries can be seen at the bottom of the next page. Of these 167, 12 are fully functioning, 14 have significant activity, 19 have moderate activity, 64 have limited activity, 58 have minimal activity and 59 are none or unknown.