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September 1987


Editorial Comment

For Some the Year 2000 is too Far Away

Sign and Surprises - Can We Really Know When the Job is Finished?

Issachar: "Vendor of New Ideas"

A Spiritual Renaissance

Global Mapping Pre-Users' Conference "A Milestone"

Answers to One Man's Questions about the USCWM

Two Sure Winners for Children

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The Editorial of Ralph D. Winter
Founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission

winter.JPG (5355 bytes)Dear friends,

As I type this I look forward to next week in Orlando, Florida, where the mission executives of the largest two mission associations in the world will be meeting together jointly. Immediately following will be the 2nd annual meeting of the Society for Frontier Missiology, with over 70 leaders signed up for it. The theme of this society is "the unfinished task and the significance of the year 2000 for the completion of that task."

Going on at the very moment I am typing this there is an unprecidented meeting of denominational leaders in Dallas, Texas, coming together at the invitation of the huge Foreign Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The theme of the meeting is to see how there might be large-scale collaboration in completing the evangelization of the world by the year 2000.

Student leaders from all over the U.S. converged on the Midwest Center for World Mission two weeks ago, calling themselves the "Mt Hermon" group. They represent committees that set up student conferences on the regional level. Caleb Resources was involved. These student leaders are highly focussed on the final frontiers.

Last weekend there was the first of a new breed of'Mobilizers' Working Retreats," in Wilmington, Delaware. Perhaps there will be one in your region soon. Theme? The Unfinished Task.

I received a new little book. Every Home for Christ (which is the new name for what was formerly known as the World Literature Crusade. The book is written by the new director. Dale Kietzman. The first whole chapter talks about what can and should be done by the Year 2000.

I have been asked to speak to the combined chapels of the Talbot Seminary and the BIOLA School of Intercultural Studies, topic they Have given to me? "Can the Great Commission Be Completed By the Year 2000?

George Otis III tackles the same question on page 4. Robert Walker on page 8. The AIMS group the week after next... Say, if you have . read this far, is your life yielded to the implications of this question? Nothing could be more exciting.

With much love,

Ralph D. Winter, General Director

P.S. Last month I asked people to tell me when their copy of Mission Frontiers arrived. Forty people wrote in! The very earliest to receive their copies got them on the 22nd, ten days later. Some two weeks later. Now I've got to figure out a way to express my appreciation! I'll at least say thanks for now right here!

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